Meet the Staff
Our Managers- Jo - BMid, Grad Dip Tchg ECE, and Daniel (Training - Btchg ECE)
Blessed to be the mother of seven darling children (including one step daughter), my husband Craig and I built Little Einsteins based around what we wanted for our own children. Four of them have now attended and given our programmes and teachers a thorough test drive, and have moved on to school as happy confident little learners, so we know we've done a great job along with our awesome teams! I love teaching your children and moving around the rooms, as a midwife in a former life, I have to confess to especially loving spending cuddle time in the infant room as a favourite, but all the age groups fascinate me! I love photography, cooking, reading, travelling with my family or spending time together at the beach. With such a large family, opportunities to be together as nine are very special and precious.
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.
Janelle - Btchg ECE
Hi, my name is Janelle. I have been with Little Einsteins almost since opening day, and have recently enjoyed a maternity leave with my first child. I live in Cambridge with my husband, and love spending my days with your curious little people. I am passionate about teaching toddlers, and look forward to working alongside you on your journey with us.
Alex - Teacher in training (Btchg ECE)
Kia Ora, my name is Alex. I've been brave enough to recently make the move down from Pukekohe away from my family and friends to join the team here at Little Einstein's. I'm currently in my second year of my Early Childhood degree, and when I'm not here or studying, I'm either hanging out with my friend's and family, or racing our race car around New Zealand. I value building strong relationships with the tamariki and supporting them through play based learning. I have a calm nature to my teaching style, and you will often find me enjoying digging big holes in the sandpit, kicking the ball around outside, or reading a story with the tamariki.
Amanda - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)
Helen - Btchg ECE
Stacey - Teacher in training (Btchg ECE)
Kia Ora! I am Stacey and I am excited to be working alongside your children and the team at Little Einsteins.
I am currently studying towards my Bachelor in Teaching (ECE) and am blessed with two gorgeous sons. I have experience in home-based and centre child-care and am really passionate about supporting our tamariki to learn and develop throughout these important early years. I feel extremely privileged to be nurturing and building strong responsive relationships with our Tui
children and whanau. I look forward to working with you all in our beautiful centre.
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
Hi everyone, my name is Trudy and I am super excited to be back and part of the Little Einsteins community again, working alongside you and your whānau. I have lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and have two amazing boys. At home we also have a fantastic animal whānau, which includes, two dogs, guinea pigs, budgies and a chicken. My children and I enjoy books, music, the beach, being outdoors and spending time together and with our friends and family. Supporting children as they have fun exploring, discovering and making sense of the world around them and their natural environment continues to be something I find wonderful. It is important to me to encourage an environment that is positive, welcoming and respectful for all our tamariki and their whānau to feel comfortable in.
I look forward to getting to know you all and believe we are all important and unique in our own special ways. Wishing you lots of fun adventures as you join us on your own Little Einsteins journey.
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
Kia Ora Whanau, my name is Liz. After growing up down the road in Putaruru, I recently returned back to the Waikato settling in Cambridge. My husband Phil and I have been blessed with two inquisitive, curious, active, and nature loving children, Elliot and Hazel who are enjoying the beautiful natural environment and challenges at Little Einsteins. and are building strong relationships with their fabulous teachers. Our family also includes two cats (Bubbles and Gizmo) and two dogs (Sammi and Max).
There are many things that excite me about working in this special environment with your children, including the natural space and the ability for children to learn at their own pace. I love being involved in creating and enhancing this to provide a challenging yet peaceful place for them. Some of my passions and strengths are music – I play the ukulele, storytelling and dramatic play. I love working in this awesome team of teachers who are constantly supporting each other to grow personally and professionally. Watching your children light up as they make discoveries about themselves and the world around them, and take the lead in their learning is what makes me tick. I look forward to knowing you all as you take this important learning journey with us.
Charlotte - Dip ECE
Colleen - Btchg Pri
Megan - Teacher (Btchg ECE)
Kia Ora, I’m Megan. After working for a number of years in the Horticulture industry I started my Early Childhood career, and realising that this was my passion I went on to complete my Bachelor
of Early Childhood Education. I have enjoyed learning new knowledge so I can enhance and extend the children within my care. My personal interests include gardening, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. I value the uniqueness each child brings with them on their journey. Having the privilege of being a Playcentre mum with my own three children I value play-based learning. I believe it is important not to rush children’s development, but to enhance it as they move to becoming more independent, supporting children as they master skills and gain confidence in their own abilities. I like to allow the child to lead their own learning as I feel they learn more through following their interests. I look forward to teaching, learning and sharing new experiences with all the Little Einstein’s families. Arohanui.
Carol - Btchg Pri
Hello Little Einstein's families, I'm Carol, and I live with my husband Pete and our three teenage children. My family moved to Cambridge over 4 years ago having lived in the King Country all our lives- we love Cambridge, especially the ever changing beauty of the trees!
I hold a Bachelor of Teaching- Primary and have spent time teaching both in both Primary and ECE settings and also many years teaching learn to swim to both young and the not so young. I'm an advocate for water safely in NZ and support learning to swim as a 'life-skill' for all New Zealanders.
I am passionate about outdoor education and the learning opportunities our natural environment offer our children. My strengths include using 'language experience' to build vocabulary, literacy and numeracy skills. I believe that science, drama, music and the arts engage and inspire creative thinking in our young learners.
I love nature and the outdoors.I am an avid tramper and love to photograph my travels. In my spare time you will most likely find me at the beach in my garden or boating with my family and friends, then home to cook up a storm in the kitchen.
I look forward to getting to know you all and feel privileged to work alongside and share the early learning journey with your precious children.
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
Hi, my name is Olivia. I am the partner of Will and mother to our son Dax. We have been in Cambridge for a year now and after seeing how much our son loved attending Little Einsteins I decided to join the team! I am now privileged to be a relief teacher to your children, learning alongside them and understanding the diversity between their curious, creative and intelligent minds. When I am not at little Einsteins I love to spend my time with my partner and son, getting involved in home renovations and other creative projects.
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.