Our Teachers

We love what we do and are committed to providing a great preschool experience for your child. our staff are all highly experienced, enthusiastic, and qualified ECE teachers. They value individual and group learning and care for your child as they would their own. We recognise that as a parent, you are your child’s first and most important educator, and we will create a positive partnership with you to develop your child’s interests and love of learning.

Full Time Teaching Staff – in alphabetical order

Carrie Carr-Smith: B Tchg (ECE)

I love teaching in ECE because during these years the teachers role is an active one that involves a close relationship with the child and family.   Children are making discoveries about themselves and the world around them and gaining confidence.  I enjoy being part of this learning journey and making visible the learning that happens during their play.


Cheyanne Donnelly: Infants & Toddlers Support Teacher

My passion is to teach young children.  I genuinely want to make a difference to each and every child, where I can help nurture their learning and also help them overcome any obstacles they may have.  I enjoy being part of each child’s eagerness to learn and play. One of my highlights of my days work is when I get to experience things with them for the first time.  Helping children learn in new ways, is so rewarding.   I am looking forward to starting my degree in 2018 and bringing the theory and practical work together.


Dania Norman: B Tchg (ECE)

I love working as a teacher in early childhood education because I am passionate about making a meaningful and positive difference in each child’s life.  I love working together with children to explore the world by encouraging questioning, diversity, caring, and a love of learning.

Teaching is a two way street and children teach us to see the beauty of the little things, they fill each day with fun, love, exploration, wonderment and awe!  I couldn’t ask for a more fulfilling career.


Jenna Pille: B Tchg (ECE)

I love working with and alongside children and their families as I enjoy observing and supporting children develop and explore in their own space in their own individual way … It is such a rewarding experience.  I also cherish the meaningful and lifelong relationships with the children and their families.


Kayla Gravatt: B Tchg (ECE)

I love teaching because of the meaningful relationships you make with the children and their whanau.  Every day is something different, I get to help children unravel their uniqueness and watch them fall in love with a concept or an idea.  I hope that my teaching can influence a child’s life to help them grow and become confident explorers of their own lives.


Kylie McDell: B Tchg (ECE)

Why I love teaching?  So many reasons!  I would have to say however, that the moment when you see a child’s face light up, as they finally master a challenge they have been working on, or discover an answer to an intriguing question, that has to be my favourite reason.


Marilyn Ruwhiu: Dip Tchg (ECE)

Being involved in the growth and development of any child is what I am passionate about.  Building authentic, loving relationships with children enables the child to feel safe and nurtured and therefore become who they are truly meant to be.


Nevenka Zivkovich: Infants & Toddlers Support Teacher

Nikki Wasson: B Tchg (ECE) – (Currently away on maternity leave)

Trudy Black: Infants & Toddlers Teacher


Regular Relievers

Cassie McIntyre

Corinne Smith

Peta Kell

Ray Downing: Grad Dip Tchg (Primary), BA, Diploma of Art and Design