Meet the Staff

Our Managing Director - Jo - BMid, Grad Dip Tchg 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

I am the Mum of four gorgeous children and after being with Little Einsteins since its early beginnings, I left temporarily to enjoy maternity leave – and am thrilled to be back! When I'm not focused on your infants and toddlers, I loves camping and outdoors and spending time with my family. I am passionate about working alongside infants and toddlers as they explore and make their discoveries about the world around them, and delight in the privilege of being a part of enriching their early experiences through responsive and reciprocal interactions. As the supervisor of Ruma Kiwi, I am ultimately responsible for programmes and teachers in the room, and happy to chat with you about your precious little one any time.

Introducing our Teams!

Introducing our fantastic teams, the Kiwi team are a group of infant specialist teachers, passionate about infant care and development who will nurture your precious babies up to the age of two years old. At this time they hand over to the Tui team, who enjoy the masses of milestones and development of independence that two and three year olds specialise in! When it's time to start focusing on getting ready for school, the Pukeko team take these children under their wing, and embark on our second-to-none transition to school programme, ensuring that your child emerges from preschool a confident, competent learner, for great outcomes on their primary learning journey.

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.

Kiwi Teachers

Abby - Team Leader - Btchg ECE

Kia Ora, my name is Abby.
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

Hi my name is Jess, Having grown up on a farm, I feel very privileged be working here at Little Einsteins as I love the country environment. I live in Morrinsville with my husband, my son Jack and daughter Georgia. One of my passions in teaching is art. I love finding new and exciting art ideas online and experimenting with them at preschool. In my spare time my husband and I are busy doing up our house and gardens, we love to get our son Jack involved in this as much as possible. I really love learning alongside all of the children at little Einsteins and getting to know all of their families.

Arnika - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)

Hi my name is Arnika. I am so excited to work with your precious babies. I have always wanted to look after children and prior to working at Little Einsteins I have experience as a home based carer for the past 7 years. My passion and strengths are messy play and creating crafts with children. I live with my own two children and love spending my spare time with them and the rest of my family. We spend a lot of time outside doing things like mountain biking, walking, camping and swimming. I also love to decorate cakes.

Rach - Btchg Pri

Hi, I'm Rachel, and I live in Cambridge with my fiance and baby son. I am excited to bring my passion for crafts, baking, cooking and waterplay to my work alongside your children in the Kiwi room. I am a fully registered teacher, with most of my experience in Primary school, and am keen to focus on Early Childhood. I look forward to geting to know you all!

Jordyn - Btchg ECE

Hi, my name is Jordyn and I am privileged to be a part of our amazing Kiwi Whanau. I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and love working with under two's. I love watching infants explore and learn through play. I am a big fan of messy play and love exploring the outdoors. I enjoy getting to know our children and Whanau and forming relationships with them. I live in Hamilton, and in my spare time I love to play sport and spend time with my partner Joseph as well as my family and friends. I am a huge fan of netball and rugby/rugby league. I also love holidays and going to the beach. I look forward to spending time with your precious babies and getting to know your Whanau.

Sarah - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)

Kia Ora Whanau. I am studying for my Bachelor of teaching while I work with the infants in the Kiwi room. I find working with the tamariki fun and interesting, and love interacting with them and watching them learn new things each day. I enjoy every day I get asked to come in and spend time with everyone in this fantastic environment. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also love going to my beach house when I get the chance! I look forward to seeing more of you all around!

How do Kiwi's learn?

We as Kiwi teachers understand that the cares and routine times of the infant age group are the perfect time for relationship building, for creating trust, for having fun and rich conversations with our littlest learners. We acknowledge parents and whanau are the experts on their children, and we encourage and facilitate open communication to enable us to know your babies and their individual needs and preferences, so that their care specifically tailored to them.

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!

Tui Team

How Do Tui's Learn?

Our terrific Tuis are moving from being babies to becoming fully active members of society. This is the age of discovering independence, and as such providing our children with a sense of wellbeing and belonging is paramount within our intermediate room giving them the confidence and safety to explore this growing sense of self.

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)

Hi! My name is Anita and I am a qualified and passionate early childhood teacher. I currently live on a Dairy goat farm with my husband and young son (whom I love spending my spare time with) along with following my interests in animals and the outdoors. I love everything from camping, tramping and gardening to scuba diving - and I've often been referred to as a bit of a 'greenie'! After completing a Bachelor of Science and working in the Dairy research field for six years, I returned to study to follow my passion for children's learning and development, and completed a Post Graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education. I love watching young children exploring the world around them a nd making discoveries for the first time, knowing that I can play apart in fostering these discoveries into real interests and a passion to learn makes me feel like my job is the best in the world!

Marie - (Acting Team Leader) 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.

Minna - 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.

Kirsten - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)

Hi my name is Kirsten and when I'm not at home with my daughter, I get the privilege of working with all your beautiful children. I strongly believe in parents as the child's first teacher, and want to work alongside you making little Einsteins a safe secure place for your children to explore and learn. I am passionate about children learning in their own individual way, and in situations and experiences that interest them. When I'm not working I make the most of the time I have with my family going on trips, getting out doors and creating the same sort of memories that I create with your children at home with my daughter Hazel.

Amanda - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)

Kia Ora, my name is Amanda. I live in Morrinsville with my amazing husband, Cuan and my three sons Cullum, Aidan, and Dunte, I am a very bubbly, passionate teacher in training that loves to explore the natural environment with your tamariki! I am so excited to be working at Little Einsteins and I am extremely blessed to be sharing the responsibility of caring for your gorgeous children. I look forward to working with you all and enjoying everything that life has to bring!

Helen - Btchg ECE

Hi, my name is Helen. I hail from Papua New Guinea but have been in Cambridge for over 20 years. I am married with three grown sons who no longer live at home, and have one beautiful and very busy wee Grandchild. I am qualified and fully registered, with over 12 years teaching experience in ECE, and I love the natural environment. My passion areas are messy play and arts and crafts, and I enjoy watching the children learn with all of their senses. When not at work, I love to cook, and to spend time with my family. I look forward to working alongside you and your tamariki!

Pukeko Teachers

Emily - Supervisor - Btchg Pri, Grad DipTchg ECE

Emily is a Cambridge girl who enjoys the farm life with her husband and daughter. She is a trained primary school teacher, as well as gaining her Post Grad Diploma of Teaching ECE after having her daughter. Emily loves being in charge of our delicious menu, she enjoys being creative with food and loves a challenge. During her down time Emily enjoys spending quality time with her family, both here in the Waikato and in Taranaki.

Dan - Asst Manager - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)

Hi, my name is Dan, and I have been with Little Einsteins since it opened! I am the eldest of seven children, and have always loved working with the tamariki. I am part time on the floor in the Tui Room and part time in the office working with the Management team in administration. I live with my fiance Grace, and our husky dog, Taz. I love sport, particularly football, and have a great time teaching ball skills and teamwork to your children! I'm privileged to work with another male teacher at Little Einsteins, as this is unusual, and together with the team we can provide vital a balance in teaching for your children.

Trudy - Btchg ECE

Tia - Maori Resource Teacher - Teacher in Training

Tēnā koutou katoa
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.
Mauri Ora!

Mel - Teacher in training (Btchg ECE)

Hi, my name is Mel and I have lived in Cambridge on and off for most of my life. I live with my partner Ryan and our 2 year old daughter Lily who also attends Little Einsteins. I have my National certificate in ECE and am looking forward to furthering my studies. In my spare time I love to visit friends, listen to music and I can also be found at the beach doing a bit of surfing, fishing and various other water sports. I look forward to working with you and your children.

Heidi - Btchg Early Years (0-8)

Ki Ora My name is Heidi. I really enjoy the privilege and challenge that working with children brings. I enjoy the privilege of starting the lifelong journey of learning with children in their early years. It is my goal to create a focus upon children and what best helps them acquire a love for learning in the world they find themselves in. When I am not at Little Einsteins I really enjoy spending time with my husband Anthony and cat Lucie. I also enjoy spending time with the rest of my family and friends, reading and taking walks in nature.

Ruma Kereru

Charlotte - Dip ECE

Charlotte is a fun, creative, arty, active person who loves playing polocrosse and other sports like rodeo. Charlotte loves getting down and dirty with the children, which makes her very much a child at heart. Charlotte holds a Diploma of ECE and is excited to see Little Einsteins learners develop and grow and also meeting and getting to know all of our families. She travels to us from Matamata where she lives with her partner and their gorgeous two sons.

Colleen - Btchg Pri

Hi my name is Colleen, I am a mother to 2 daughters and a stepmom to 2 boys. We are an active family busy with a wide range of sports including surfing, yoga and surf lifesaving. I love a good book, photography and spending time with my family and friends. I am originally from Zimbabwe, immigrating to New Zealand with my family when I was 16. I completed my schooling and worked in the dairy farm in the Waikato before studying primary teaching. I returned to Africa to build and run a small school in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia for children aged 2 - 10 years old. I managed a safari camp while I was there as well as teaching and working as a safari guide. Now a passionate ECE teacher, I love working with all the different age groups watching them explore, discover and create. I especially enjoy teaching children about wildlife and nature, sharing my passion for conservation and sustainability.

Megan - Teacher (Btchg ECE)

Carol - Btchg Pri

Hello Little Einstein's families, I'm Carol.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 learning journey's your precious children.

Support Staff

Vicky - Office Manager

Hi Families. I am Cambridge born and bred, and live here with my husband Shane and my three beautiful daughters. I have a background in administration, working in my husband's bricklaying business, and I am enjoying working with all the children and families at Little Einsteins. I love spending time at Whangamata with my family and in my spare time I'm an avid reader. I am happy to help you with any of your enrolment or administrational queries, and am referred to in the office as 'she who knows everything', so you can test that theory! :)

Christine - Chef

Hi my name is Christine I am married to Chris and have a daughter Kelly who is 23 and a son Sam who is 20. I look forward to working with your children each day as I provide a support role to the teams. I enjoy cooking, and love taking the fresh produce that the children have grown from the garden into the kitchen to create nourishing meals for them. I love interacting with and caring for the children and helping them to enjoy each day and learn new skills. My Hobbies are sewing and alterations , doing art and crafts and cake toppers for cup cakes. I really enjoy being creative with my work both at home and at Little Einsteins!

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 .

Abbey - Training Teacher (Btchg ECE)

Hi! My name is Abbey and I am currently studying for a bachelor in teaching ECE. I feel very blessed every day to be working with the beautiful Tamariki at our center. I have always felt a strong connection to children. It is very important to me that children always feel confident in who they are and know that who they are is always enough. I strongly believe that children are our future and the love, care and time we invest in them will benefit them for life. I believe there are no limits on what any child can achieve.

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.

Andie - Teacher Aide - Horse Riding Instructor

Hi, I'm Andie, your child's horse riding instructor and relief teacher!
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.

Karin - Teacher Support

Hi my name is Karin. Originally from South Africa I have been living in Cambridge with my husband Rodney since 2009. I have a teaching diploma in primary education but have spent most of my working years training disadvantaged teachers in Early Childhood education. I am a reliever and work in the preschool area. My passion is for creative activities and I love seeing children express themselves through the arts. It's lovely to see the children so proud of their creations. When I am not at school, I am very involved in the Cambridge Christmas Festival creating decorations for the trees and lovely items to sell. I also enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen especially baking. I am a mom to three grown up girls and nana to two beautiful grandchildren.