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.

Teaching Staff in alphabetical order of first name


Masami Astill: Infants Support Teacher

Nevenka Zivkovich: Infants Support Teacher

I love my role as support teacher, as it allows me to build strong relationships with all the children across the centre, from our littlest infants right up to our big Tuakana children. I love the diversity of my role and the ability it gives me the support the rest of the team.

Nikki Wasson: B Tchg (ECE)

Children have been my passion for as long as I can remember.  I always dreamed about being a teacher and I now get the opportunity, to work alongside our littlest people on a daily basis.  Scaffolding their journeys as I encourage the hopes, dreams and foster their learning fills me with a great sense of pride.  Knowing that I have played a part (even if only little) in preparing them for wherever their life may take them.

Renee Tipene: B Tchg (ECE)

I am a qualified ECE teacher and have worked in ECE for the past 10 years. During this time I have had the chance to work closely with all ages and I am passionate about providing a respectful approach to caring for our tamariki.

Taryn Rench: B Tchg (ECE)

Why I love teaching… Children have the ability to see the world in such an admirable way, I learn so much from our tamariki daily and am reminded to be grateful of the simpler things in life. Their minds are forever developing and to witness milestones, and capture moments makes this a career I love waking up to go to work for.

Two Years and Older 

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.

Hayley Pascoe: Bachelor of Arts (English), B Tchg (Primary), Dip Tchg (ECE)

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love working alongside children and seeing the world through their eyes. I love to be part of their learning journey and celebrating with them as they master new skills, reach their goals and discover new and exciting things. I think children are incredibly creative, passionate, resilient and determined and I’m sure I learn just as much from them as they do from me!

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.

Marilyn Ruwhiu: Dip Tchg (ECE) – currently covering maternity leave at Headstart

Katrina Peita

I love Springbank Preschool, I love the teachers and the children and have always had a passion to be around and learn with children.  Not only do I  gain more skills for myself, but I can help the children discover and develop their skills and confidence as well.

Peta Kell

I love being a preschool education teacher, as is it gives you the freedom to explore the parts of yourself that thrive off childlike experiences. I can refresh my imagination and creative skills through the activities I plan and the learning outcomes I aim for with the Moa group.

Zoe Letica: B Tchg (ECE) – Person Responsible of Centre

Springbank’s rich natural setting allows children to become one with nature, to freely explore and develop their own sense of who they are and their place in our world.  I view children and teachers as learners, acknowledging them as equal contributors and experts in specific areas. I believe that the responsibility of a teacher is to capture the child’s natural curiosity and interests.