Meet the Teachers


Centre Manager

Sawasdee ka, Kia Ora koutou, ko Maow tōku ingoa. I'm originally from Thailand and I live in Wainuiomata with my husband and two beautiful daughters. I have a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics from Maejo University in Chiangmai, Thailand. I have been teaching for over 12 years. The curriculum areas I am most passionate about are Maths and Science, and I feel privileged to be part of children’s life-long learning journey.


Head Teacher

Kia Ora koutou, ko Liz tōku ingoa. I live in Lower Hutt with my two children and our two cats. I have a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages, both from Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington. I love teaching because it allows me to empower children by helping them to develop their independence and social skills, and to foster their life-long love of learning.


Qualified Teacher

My name is Raphael and I have been a Qualified Early Childhood Educator since 2014. Throughout my career, I have been working in both preschool and toddler rooms. I am passionate about building strong relationships with the children, families and colleagues and am a clear and open communicator.


Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Courteney. I have a Graduated Diploma of Teaching (primary) from Victoria University of Wellington. I started off working as a primary school teacher in England before discovering my passion of working with preschool aged children both through working in early years and as a nanny. This led me to ECE where I have been working for just over two years. I look forward to working with the tamariki and being part of their learning journey.


Qualified Teacher

Namaskaram, Tēnā koutou katoa, my name is Shalini. I have just finished my Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I have a passion for teaching, and I have over three years of experience in Early Childhood. Working with Tamariki gives me immense joy and keeps me active. My goal is to help them achieve their full potential and strive for greatness.


Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora, Kon'nichiwa, Namaste, Ni hao, Sawasdee, Namaste, Fakalofa atu, Bula, Talofa lava, my name is Puafiti. I'm married and I have got two boys - 26 and 12 years old. I also have one grandson. My passion is to encourage children to grow independence, develop respect for themselves and others.


Qualified Teacher

My name is Tian and I am from China. I came to New Zealand in 2017 and since then I’ve grown to love this country. I got my Graduate Diploma in teaching (ECE) at New Zealand Tertiary College in 2020. I am passionate about working with infants and toddlers and enjoy the relationships I build with them. I believe that the best curriculum for these little ones is care, love and respect and I am dedicated to creating an environment that is welcoming, stimulating, and playful for them to learn and develop.


Unqualified Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Merciana but you can call me Mercy. l originally came from the Philippines where I was a primary school teacher. I've been in the field of teaching for more than 20 years now. My educational background and experience were in Montessori School. I am a passionate teacher and enjoy working with these unique and wonderful children. I am currently studying my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education.


Unqualified Teacher

Kia Ora & Talofa lava, My name is Vaiolo, I'm married with two handsome boys. I'm currently studying part time towards my Bachelor of ECE. I have 13 years of working experience which cover homebase, play groups and preschool centres. My passion is encouraging Pacific Cultures within our centre and in the community. I use my own values which are respect, trust and love that underpins my teaching philosophy.


Unqualified Teacher/Van Driver

Hi, my name is Vanessa. I am the Van Driver/Unqualified Teacher for Discovery/WonderKids. I have been doing this job since 2016 (originally Life-Start). To me this is the best job ever. I love driving, working with the children and talking with the parents. My husband and I have four children, living in Lower Hutt.


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