Our People

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Holly Green, Centre Manager

Kia ora 

My name is Holly and I am the Centre Manager.

I have two children; my son is nearly 16 and my daughter has just turned 13. My spare time is normally spent working (haha), reading or gardening...I love plants and have a little jungle at home.

I started in ECE back in 2002 as an unqualified teacher fresh out of high school. 
I celebrated 20 years in ECE in June 2022.

I am a qualified and registered teacher; I have been a Centre Manager for Evolve Education since 2018.

Early Childhood Education is my passion. I love the relationships we build with both tamariki and whanau. I love seeing children learn and discover the world and the things around them. I love that we can provide a space for children to enjoy being children. To provide tamariki with a safe and fun learning environment is what I strive for each and every day. I am a firm believer that children learn through doing and exploring...learning through play is the best way to learn. 

 

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Sieva Douglas, Infant & Toddler Team Leader

Bachelor of Education, First Aid Qualified, Fully Registered.

Fakaalofa lahi atu,

I am from Niue and have lived in New Zealand most of my life. I have two lovely grown up sons, David and Solomon, and an equally lovely baby grandson, Che.

My interest in becoming an Early Childhood teacher was inspired by my children and late mother who was a school teacher and passionate about teaching young children. Since then, I have grown to enjoy working in the Early Childhood industry both with the infants and toddlers, and the over two’s groups.

As a parent, grandparent and teacher, I believe that children will feel safe and secure in their learning and development when they are nurtured in a safe, inclusive and caring environment. It is a joy and privilege for me to learn with and alongside your children, seeing them achieve each milestone in their own unique way.

Outside or work, I love being with my family (and my cat, Jupiter), listening to music and being involved in my church and community group.

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Cathy, Infants and Toddlers Teacher

I have always wanted to work with children from a young age, which developed into a career after my own children had grown up.

I worked at an English Preschool in Cairo Egypt and when I came back to New Zealand I completed an Early Childhood course. I really do enjoy the environment and creations that happen in everyday life at Little Wonders.

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Joshana , Infants and Toddlers Teacher

My name is Joshana Pillay, I am from South Africa. I have been working in Early Childhood for the last 15 years. I am very passionate about children and their development, as well as interacting with all the different personalities whom I get to meet. Teaching is a passion, not just a job which I love doing on a daily basis.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and going for walks on the beach. I have 2 pets – a cat named Flluffy, and a dog named Bella, that lives in South Africa whom I miss dearly.

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Aena, Infants and Toddlers Teacher

My name is Aena. I am from Thailand. I have lived in New Zealand for a long time. I am a mother and have one child of my own.

I am very passtionate about working with children. I love to encourage children to face challenges and build their confidence.

I believe that children learn through active exploration of their environment.

I joined Little Wonders in 2019. I am enjoying working at Little Wonders and happy to be part of the team 😊

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Lucy , Pre School Teacher

My name is Lucy, I have just received a Bachelor of Teaching in early childhood education and am a provisionally registered teacher.

I am a New Zealander with a European heritage.

I have been working at Little Wonders for just over 3 years and love it. I want the children that come here to have a great experience, learn, grow, have fun and leave ready for their next adventure.

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Lakmini, Pre School Teacher

Hello, my name is Lakmini. I came from Sri Lanka, and I have worked in both Fiji and Sri Lanka as a teacher for over 10 years.

I am a mother of two children, who are starting in Stonefield School and they enjoy being here.

I am very excited to be here at Little Wonders Glendowie, and I am looking forward to meeting you and your beautiful children.

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Manisha , Pre School Teacher - Parental leave

My name is Manisha Chauhan. I'm from India and that is where I have done Bachelor of Arts(B. A) +Master in Science (M. Sc) and Teacher training (B. Ed). Teaching isn't only my profession, it's my passion also. I love to spend time with children. They give me positive vibes and we learn lots of traits from them. They laugh over the silliest things and ask cutest questions.

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Sue , Centre Admin

I am a married mother of two teenage children and have been involved with Early Childhood for the past 16 years.  I stepped into Administrative roles whilst at Playcentre with my children, gaining knowledge through their training into all aspects of centre life and management.

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Nicky, Centre Cook

Hello, my name is Nicky. I was born in Somerset England.

I came to New Zealand 20 years ago and love it. I first worked at this centre 15 years ago as the cook; this is where my love for the little ones began.

I went on to do in-home care with Porse which was great fun and nannying for Kiwi Oz Nannies.

It is great to be back here. I have a real passion for babies and it is lovely to get to know them all and their families.

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Kathy, Pre-School Team Leader

Kia Ora,

My name is Kathy. I have been a fully qualified registered Kaiako (teacher) since 1999.

Originally born Whangarei northland, I have lived predominately in the Auckland region and held various positions within the early childhood industry gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge over the years.

I enjoy establishing relationships and working alongside other Kaiako, tamariki and whanau sharing knowledge and support as we strive together towards providing best quality outcomes for all Akonga.

My teaching philosophy is based around the principles of  NZ Curriculum Te Whariki holistic development goals, and learning outcomes. To promote and support an environment which enables  tamariki to be confident capable thinkers and learners.

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Miyoun, Pre-School Teacher

I am Miyoun Jung.  I undertook my last study practicumhere at Little Wonders March 2022. I was able to finish all my studies Graduate Diploma in Teaching -Early Childhood Education).

I came to New Zealand from South Korea two and a half years ago with my husband and our 8-year-old son. We have enjoyed our life in New Zealand, meeting friendly people and appreciating the clean and green outdoors.

During my last Practicum with Little Wonders, I was able to have wonderful experiences. I am grateful to continue to be with you.
I look forward to seeing you all soon.

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