Our People

Mel King
Centre Manager

Kia Ora,

My name is Mel and I am the proud manager of Little Wonders, St Kilda.

Prior to my journey at Little Wonders, I completed my Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) alongside a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) at Otago University before moving up to Whangarei with my partner (Damian) to begin my career. I was quickly approached by the owner of a private preschool who asked me to relieve for them while I looked for a Primary School Teaching Position... I loved it so much that I still to this day have never applied for a position in the Primary Sector! I continued to teach in the Early Childhood Sector and completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education whilst leading a Transition to School programme in Auckland.  On my return to Dunedin in 2010 I became part of the teaching team at Little Wonders St Kilda, and in 2018 I stepped up into the role as Centre Manager.

I have two children of my own, Miika (7) and Koa (5) who also attended Little Wonders for their early years, so it pretty much feels like our second home!

With over 15 years teaching experience, eight years as a Head Teacher at Little Wonders St Kilda, I have a great understanding of the profession, the culture of our centre and what it means to be part of this awesome coastal community!  

I am so privileged to be leading such a talented and passionate team and we are very proud of the service we provide for our families and community.

I am honoured to be part of something ‘a little bit wonderful’!


Mary has been at Little Wonders St Kilda since the beginning! She is the friendly face at the front desk and the helpful voice on the other end of the phone! Mary is the go-to-person for any of your queries regarding enrolments, bookings, fee payments, holiday forms, WINZ claims…and anything else she can help you with. She knows everything there is to know about the centre and ensures the administration side runs efficiently, enabling the teachers to focus on teaching.


As our full-time chef, Jessie is responsible for designing a nutritious and delicious, seasonal menu that caters for the individual dietary requirements of our tamariki. With a Degree in Culinary Arts and a true passion for her work, Jessie serves up a wide range of balanced meals for Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea that encourage healthy eating habits and ensure our children are suitably nourished to sustain appropriate energy levels to engage with the programme and have a fabulous day!

Head Teacher - Kakariki Room (Infants)

Jo is a mother of three who has an absolute passion for supporting the development of infants. She has a gentle, nurturing approach that supports a peaceful, relaxed environment for our youngest tamariki. Jo ensures that the Kakariki room setting reflects that of a home environment, based on trust, respect and security. Jo’s years of experience with teaching Under 2’s enables her to  support her team in providing a calm curriculum, based on the RYE philosophy, that is also suitably stimulating and challenging to support our littlest wonders.

Head Teacher - Kahurangi Room (1year Olds)

Supported by a double degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Sarah draws on her wealth of experience as a teacher, as well as personal experiences as a mother, to craft a curriculum designed specifically for one year olds. Backed by a well experienced teaching team, Sarah ensures our tamariki are inspired, challenged and supported as they take those first big steps of discovery, exploring the potential of inviting learning environments within a comfortable, and caring setting.

Head Teacher - Karaka Room (2year olds)

As a mother of three, Janis is no stranger to the workings of two year olds. She loves the energy and excitement that being part of the Karaka room offers!  Her extensive experience as a toddler teacher has equipped her with the expertise to lead a motivated teaching team and plan a dynamic and engaging, teaching and learning programme. Janis has unbounded energy and this translates into fun for all of those in her care.

Head Teacher - Kowhai Room (3year olds)

Katrina is our ‘Bubbly Brit’ and takes the teaching of three year olds to a whole new level! We are lucky to benefit from her vast skill set, not only as an experienced Early Childhood Educator, but also as a qualified gymnastics instructor. She has an absolute vigour for life that she shares with the children, exuding a liveliness and authentic love for the profession. She implements a well-rounded, purposeful play-based three year old programme, supported and extended by the experience and skills of the whole teaching team.

Head Teacher - Whero Room (4year olds)

Jess has found her true-calling as a four year old teacher and is one of those teachers that children and their families never forget! She appreciates and embraces the remarkable position she is in for influencing tamariki to become life-long learners who are confident and eager to explore and make sense of the world around them. Jess heads our Transition to School Programme that is integrated into the daily routine of the Whero Room, and inspires her team to take a ‘community’ approach to preparing our four year olds for the next step in their education journey.

Teacher - Under 2's
Teacher - Under 2's
Teacher - Under 2's
Teacher - Under 2's
Teacher - Over 2's
Teacher - Over 2's
Teacher - Over 2's
Teacher - Over 2's
Teacher - Over 2's

We strive to provide consistency and familiarity for our children and families. In the event that one of our permanent teaching team will be away, we have three awesome relievers that we call upon. The children are familiar with these teachers and enjoy having them in the classroom when their permanent teacher is absent. They are valued contributors and members of our Little Wonders family.


Raels is a registered nurse that juggles being a mother of three with casual, relief teaching at our centre. She has been a part of our team since 2015.


Gill has been an influential identity at our centre since 2009. Having a wealth of experience as a teacher, head teacher and mother, Gill has more recently ‘lightened her load’ moving to a casual relief contract in 2018.


Lucy joined our teaching team in 2017 and her awesome skills are utilised right throughout the centre.

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