Our People

Toni Smith , Centre Manager

Kia Ora
I am a qualified and registered educator with over 30 years involvement in Education and Social Services, having spent a number of those years in Leadership roles.

I am committed to exploring diverse cultures, enriching relationships, and fostering a culture of equity ensuring that every child has the right to participate, have a sense of belonging, and are valued for who they are and what they bring to the centre.

Rochelle Johnson, Teacher - Tui Room 3mths - 1 year

Kia Ora koutou, my name is Rochelle.
I am an Under 2's teacher at Little Wonders Aoraki and have been a part of the team since January 2022. Originally from Temuka I moved to Dunedin and studied at the University of Otago College of Education between 2019-2021 before moving back to Temuka. Through University I have gained a Bachelor of Teaching Endorsed in Early Childhood Education.

Kylie Kunneke, Teacher - Tui Room

Or Kia Ora my name is Kylie I am honoured to be a teacher at little wonders Aoraki I am currently still studying and can't wait to be qualified. I am very passionate about what I do. I look forward on going in the journey with you.

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Rebekah Miers, Teacher - Kiwi Room 1 -2year

Kia ora,

My name is Rebekah (Becky) Miers. I am 28 years old and started Little Wonders Aoraki at the end of 2017, start of 2018. I have been working in early childhood education since early 2017 and have loved every moment. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching degree and am provisional registered with the Teaching Council.

I am passionate about the relationships I develop with tamariki and whanau. I believe there is always a way to support tamariki and whanau, it's just finding out what to way is to achieve success together.

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Heather Curreen, Teacher - Kakapo 2-3 years

 Kia ora, I am one of the qualified teachers here at Little Wonders and I teach in the Kakapo room with our terrific 2-year-olds. I discovered my passion for teaching when I had my daughter and became a home-based educator in 2008. I chose to study part time through Open Polytechnic and gained my Bachelor of Education ECE in 2014.

I now have 2 beautiful children and I'm still loving seeing children grow and make lots of wonderful discoveries about the world. I feel so blessed to get to play a part in their learning journeys.

Sujin Choi, Teacher - Kea 3-4 years

I have a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE} NZTC
I have worked at Little Wonders Aoraki since December 2020

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Louise Partleton, Teacher - Pukeko 4-5 years

Hi, my name is Louise Partleton and I have been with Little Wonders Aoraki since February 2019. I got my Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013. I love watching the tamariki discover new skills and abilities and learning about the world around them.

Chris Jackson, Centre Administrator