Meet the Staff
Our Managing Director - Jo - BMid, Grad Dip Tchg ECE
Our eldest son Daniel became one of our teacher aides right from high school, and is currently doing his teaching degree. He has become a fantastic right-hand-man to Craig and myself, and is our Assistant Manager. Dan enjoys a variety in his days, from study to management administration to teaching on the floor in any one of the rooms. We are thrilled to have him in this position in our family business, and hope that some more of our offspring that are coming up the ranks will commit to being wonderful preschool teachers!
We sincerely believe that we are the privileged group, teaching 0-6. We get to work and play with the children during their formative years – the time when their brains are doing the most growth, and get to put in all that fantastic, positive stuff that sets them up for a wonderful journey through formal education. Together with Craig and Dan, I am passionate about providing the best care and education for your child, and I look forward to spending time with you as part of our Little Einstein's family.
Jade - Staff and Education Manager - Btchg ECE
Introducing our Teams!
Our teams are 100 percent qualified to ministry ratios, however we operate on smaller teacher to child ratio to ensure quality programmes and excellent care. You will enjoy meeting our fantastic support staff working alongside these teaching teams.
Abby - Team Leader - Btchg ECE
I have lived in Cambridge majority of my life and currently live on a farm. In my spare time I like escaping to the beach and finding new camping spots/bush walks to explore with my partner Ricky and dog Arlo.
I love developing special bonds with your precious little people to ensure they feel happy, secure and comfortable while they are here. I like to encourage children to explore the natural environment and use natural resources where possible, letting their imaginations take charge! I enjoy working with children using art and music to support them in expressing their thoughts, ideas and feelings and most of all to have fun! Letting children have responsibility over their own creations helps them to feel a sense of empowerment that what they can create, contribute and do is valued and important.
Jess - BTchg ECE
Arnika - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)
Rach - Btchg Pri
Jordyn - Btchg ECE
Sarah - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)
How do Kiwi's learn?
We keep our room largely un-decorated, knowing that infants can easily become over-stimulated by 'visual pollution', and you will notice it is more homely than class-roomy. Our teachers are qualified and specialist infant teachers that engage in ongoing development to best understand the nature and development of this age group in order to keep up with best practice and provide them with the best care. We have a specialist approach to infant care that is unique to our room and based upon the simple principle of respect. Your baby will be actively listened to, responded to, and loved.
We understand that infants are driven by an innate need to self educate, and simply require us to support their dispositions to be curious and exploratory and ensure that their environment offers them possibilities and opportunities. When we meet their needs by knowing them well, to responding quickly to their cues, and assuring their wellbeing and belonging, they are naturally confident to learn in our wonderful environment!
How Do Tui's Learn?
Through watching, listening, copying and lots of trial and error Tui children are mastering so many new skills. Our Tui room is set up specifically with this learning in mind, with ample space and resources providing plenty of time for uninterrupted play and learning. Resources provide opportunity for children to mimic and explore ideas through imaginative play becoming mothers of their own "babies", firefighters on their bikes, or tigers in the jungle enabling them to make sense of the world and their place within it, learning how to work with and alongside others as they play.
Tui teachers are a vital resource themselves at this highly influential age, and pride themselves in role modeling positive social interactions, encouraging language development and literacy through stories, rhyme and song as well as allowing children to copy and try out "jobs" such as gardening, animal care or baking to name a few.
Repetition is key for children of this age so resources and activities are constantly available, many of which utilize the same skills but in different contexts allowing for practice, practice, practice until our now very independent Tuis are ready to start their next journey as Pukeko children.
Anita - Team Leader - BSci, Postgrad Dip ECE (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Minna - (Acting Team Leader) Btchg ECE
Hi Everyone! I am Minna and I am excited to be teaching and learning alongside your children at Little Einsteins. My husband and I reside in Te Awamutu and are privileged to share life with our two beautiful little girls. With over 8 years of experience and a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), I really enjoy supporting children with their learning and development at this very fundamental stage. I have a real passion for respectful and nurturing relationships, emotional well being, our natural world and hands on experiences. I look forward to working with you and your children.
Marie - Btchg ECE
Although I was imported from England I was raised in beautiful Cambridge, and have spent my teaching years as an infant specialist teacher. As part of the 100 percent qualified teaching team that care for your little one, I have a passion for infant development and working closely with families. A pony-rider from way back, I am in my element at Little Einsteins in the rural environment with baby animals everywhere! When not at work I enjoy watching my three children play sport and dance, I love to travel, having lived for thirteen years in Japan prior to completing my training, and my favourite thing is spending quality time with family and good friends.
Alex - Teacher in training (Btchg ECE)
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Amanda - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)
Helen - Btchg ECE
Stacey - Teacher in training (Btchg ECE)
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Abbey - Training Teacher (Btchg ECE)
In my spare time I am a HUGE dog lover. I have a Husky, a King Charles Spaniel, Pekingese and a cat convinced he is a dog also. I am born and raised in Cambridge. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we both enjoy fishing and snowboarding in our time outside of work. I look forward to seeing every one of you at our beautiful Center.
Emily - Supervisor - Btchg Pri, Grad DipTchg ECE
Dan - Asst Manager - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)
Trudy - Btchg ECE
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Tia - Maori Resource Teacher - Teacher in Training
Since a very young age Te Ao Māori has been a huge part of my life. I grew up in a small town and attended a primary school that placed a lot of importance on Te Reo Māorime ōna tikanga.
Being a natural performer, kapa haka was always going to be a big part of who I was and when I was in high school, it really showed. I took on the role of student leader, ran informal and formal practices and absolutely LOVED sharing and teaching my culture. After having my own children, I feel inspired to pass on as much as I can to whomever I can, and I enjoy enriching the bicultural world of your tamariki with my knowledge and skills.
Mel - Teacher in training (Btchg ECE)
Heidi - Btchg Early Years (0-8)
Liz - Btchg ECE
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Charlotte - Dip ECE
Colleen - Btchg Pri
Megan - Teacher (Btchg ECE)
Carol - Btchg Pri
Vicky - Office Manager
Christine - Chef
My leisure time is spent at Whangamata where I enjoy family time and friends , I thoroughly enjoy being out on our boat fishing, with my husband and friends .
Olivia - Teacher Aide
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Andie - Teacher Aide - Horse Riding Instructor
Horses and children have been my passion from an early age, and I just love coming to Little Einsteins to teach children their first lessons in Horse Riding. When I am not in the paddock, I thoroughly enjoying coming into the class rooms as a teacher and spending fun and quality time with the children.
I have achieved a National Certificate in Management of Horses, The British Horse Society Assistant Instructor, and the Higher National Diploma in Equine Studies. At home, I have a house full: three teenagers, two dogs, one cat and five horses. My two daughters ride and complete which keeps me busy at weekends. My son rides a motorbike instead of horses! :) I look forward to getting to know your family.