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)

Diploma of Teaching ECE (STC), Manager
I still have the same passion now as I did when I began my career. I love being part of the lives of the children and families of our centre. I have lived in Methven all my life. I am married to Brett and we have 4 children. I am also a volunteer Ambulance Officer for St John in our local community.

Trish Powell

Trish Powell

Manager (1996 – present)

Bachelor of Teaching ECE (C)
Certificate in Management ECE
Certificate in Child Protection Studies

I emigrated to NZ in 1985. I immersed myself in Playcentre alongside my three children, joining Methven Preschool as a reliever in 1986. ECE is a lifelong passion and I remain dedicated to supporting children’s overall learning, development, and inspiring others to share their knowledge to provide the best opportunities and experiences for children to reach their full potential. I enjoy travelling, yoga, aqua-size, and spending time with my grandchildren.

Cat Dickson

Cat Dickson

(1995 – present) Team Leader - Kea Ruma

Bachelor of Teaching ECE (C)
Certificate in Management ECE

I feel satisfied and I find it very pleasing to be supporting children to reach milestones in preparation for the next phase of their learning. My husband Murray and I were born and bred in Methven, we have 2 children and a grandson. I love to travel, read and spend time with family and friends.

Julie Cuneen

Julie Cuneen

(1997 - present) Team Leader Korimako Ruma

Bachelor of Teaching ECE (C)
Certificate in Management ECE

I enjoy meeting people and making them feel comfortable with leaving their children in my care. I love to see the infants and young children grow and develop into independent learners continually gaining new skills and abilities. I am also a Justice of the Peace. My many hobbies include travelling with husband Chris, exercise and spending time with my 3 children.

Camilla Harris

Camilla Harris

Teacher (2011 - present)

Bachelor of Teaching ECE (C)
Certificate in Leadership ECE

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 previously worked in the hospitality industry. In my spare time I enjoy caravanning and fishing at the lakes with my family. My husband Tim and I have a primary school aged daughter.

Ellie McKnight

Ellie McKnight

Teacher (2018 - present)

Bachelor of Teaching ECE (PCT)
I joined Methven Pre School in October 2017. I complete a Bachelor of Teaching ECE mid-year 2018. My experiences of working with children in the UK and NZ have shaped my passions, teaching approaches, knowledge, and the kaiako I am today. In my spare time I love to ride and compete my horse, spending time with whᾱnau, and enjoying the outdoors.

Christine Moore

Christine Moore

Teacher (2006 - present)

Diploma in Teaching ECE
I previously worked as a nanny in America and Australia. In my spare time I enjoy handcrafts such as sewing, knitting and cross stitch which I like to enter in the local A&P Shows

Tenille Clemett

Tenille Clemett

Teacher (2011 - present)


Kia ora my passion in early childhood education is encouraging children’s natural ability and flair for creativity. I also find it immensely pleasing to support them to reach their chosen goals. I have completed part of my training taking a break after the birth of my son. My hobbies include gardening, baking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Michele Cocup

Michele Cocup

Teacher (2015 - present)

The Diploma of the New Zealand Free Kindergarten Union (C)
I have been an early childhood educator for many years; originally as a Kindergarten Teacher and more recently in Pre Schools in the Methven area. I enjoy gardening, knitting, helping on the farm and spending time with my 3 grandsons and other family.

Trudy Thompson

Trudy Thompson

Teacher (2015 - present)

Bachelor of Teaching ECE (C)
I have been teaching since 2005 and love to work with children of all ages. Before coming to Methven Pre School I have worked in Pre Schools in Ashburton and as a visiting teacher for home based care. I enjoy tramping camping kayaking skiing animals and spending time with family and friends.

Rebecca Barr

Rebecca Barr

Maternity Reliever(2017 - present)

Bachelor of Teaching ECE (PCT)
Originally from Christchurch, I moved to Staveley in 2008 with my husband. I began my ECE career in 2013, gaining my Bachelor of Teaching ECE in 2017. I firmly believe family is important and raise 5 children alongside my husband. I have a passion for children and feel blessed to be a part of supporting young children to develop and grow.

Isabella Proudman

Isabella Proudman

Maternity Leave


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)

Food Handling Certificate
I have been working at the Pre School as a domestic/teacher aide. In my spare time I enjoy, nannying, housekeeping, gardening, spending awesome time with my 3 grown up sons, my beloved dog, and my friends!