Our Team

 We very proud of our team, they are caring, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun loving people who love what they do and have a genuine gift with children. We are all extremely passionate about the care, love and education we give tamariki and this shows through in our wonderful staff retention and level of skills and qualifications.

 

Amanda McGinity

Amanda McGinity

Manager (1990 – present)

Childcare has always been my passion and has only increased and become stronger over my years in the industry. Watching the never ending learning and development journey of tamariki and watching them grow and evolve is one pretty amazing gift that the job gives. I am inspired by the power of what our tamariki are achieving and how they take life, and live each day to the fullest, never leaving any stone unturned.

Trish Powell

Trish Powell

Manager (1996 – present)

My lifelong passion for ECE, has been an ever evolving journey of how best to support tamariki, on their unique pathways to become competent, confident active learners. My personal philosophy is guided by my belief that tamariki learn through their curiosity to explore, and to learn and connect with the outdoor environment, fostering the natural move to learn styles that are at the core of all learning. My role is to support kaiako through professional guidance, to develop their best practice pedagogy, which is transparent through our philosophy, creating a positive culture, and rich learning environment for all tamariki.

Cat Dickson

Cat Dickson

(1995 – present) Team Leader - Kea Ruma

I believe every child is unique, and that education is a lifelong process. My practice is guided by the principles and goals of Te Whāriki and my belief that tamariki will learn and grow at their own pace in a nurturing and stimulating environment. I believe it is important to develop and foster respectful, responsive interactions with tamariki and to build warm relationships with families/whānau as we encourage them to participate in any decisions so that we can optimize outcomes for tamariki.

Julie Cuneen

Julie Cuneen

(1997 - present) Team Leader Korimako Ruma

It is a real privilege and pleasure to educate, care and support infants and toddlers in the Korimako Ruma. My goal is to build meaningful relationships as tamariki embark on a journey of learning and exploration. My teaching practice advocates the pedagogy of RIE (Resources for infant education) and Dr Emmi Pikler – operating within a respectful, nurturing and homely environment.

Camilla Harris

Camilla Harris

Teacher (2011 - present)

I began my career in 2007, I chose teaching because I love children’s inquisitiveness and I am passionate about supporting them to develop everyday skills. I find it particularly rewarding to see the joy in children’s faces when they have achieved

Cath Jackson

Cath Jackson

Teacher (2008 - present)

I am a strong advocate for strengthening tamariki social and emotional development. My strength is in supporting tamariki and whānau to transition into our Kea Ruma environment, building and reinforcing caring relationships that promote social and emotional competence that meets tamariki needs and encourages participation and engagement.

Shun Koizumi

Shun Koizumi

Teacher (2020 - present)

I am a passionate believer in helping tamariki become well-rounded, lifelong learners by weaving their interestes into the curriculum. I feel continually rewarded by the joy in the smiles they show when they have learned something new or overcome a challenge. I love to travel around Aotearoa New Zealand and the world to see what I can learn and incorporate into my teaching.

Christine Moore

Christine Moore

Teacher (2006 - present)

I believe every child is special and unique taonga to treasure and I am committed to developing respectful, nurturing relationships with infants and toddlers in my care.  I have a strong belief in tuakana teina relationships in the early learning environment and aspire to the pedagogy of Dr Emmi Pikler. I believe life is a journey for all, and I am committed to my personal professional development.

Tenille Clemett

Tenille Clemett

Teacher (2011 - present)

I love to make learning fun for our tamariki, as I encourage and support them to reach their goals. Working closely with our 2 – 3 year olds can have its challenges with emotional regulation and turn taking skills with peers, however I am passionate in supporting tamariki through different situations using an array of different teaching strategies for a positive outcome. I believe in building trusting relationships with tamariki and their whānau, getting to know you and your tamaiti, and supporting their learning both at preschool and home.

Michele Cocup

Michele Cocup

Teacher (2015 - present)

I have been an early childhood educator for many years, enjoying the successes and challenges it provides every day. Tamariki constantly amaze me with their thinking and I enjoy being able to contribute to their learning.

Sharon Kermode

Sharon Kermode

Teacher (2019 - present)

I believe it is our absolute privilege to support tamariki in their learning journey. I love their inquisitive nature and the joy they bring to the world, seeing life through their eyes. I feel building effective and meaningful relationships with tamaiti is paramount for their wellbeing in order for them to flourish.

 

Rebecca Barr

Rebecca Barr

Maternity Reliever (2017 - present)

My passion for teaching comes from tamariki themselves. They hold such joyful and positive spirits and an innate desire to learn. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing and seeing the impact that my teaching has on tamariki that continues to drive me to keep supporting our little learners.

Bella Proudman

Bella Proudman

Teacher ( - present)


Kia Ora, I am originally from Gore where I have a farming background. I moved to Methven in my last years of primary school. I enjoy netball and in my spare time I like spending time with family and friends, socializing, arts and music. I am excited to begin my training in ECE in 2017.

Fiona Adams

Fiona Adams

Teacher Aide | Domestic (2007 - present)

I keep domestic duties on track within the preschool, supporting tamariki to get involved in simple chores where they learn skills and contribute to family/preschool life. Lessons such as folding washing, sweeping, and wiping tables establish a sense of responsibility and independence, and teach tamariki skills that they need in everyday life.