Meet the Staff
Our Manager- Jo - BMid, Grad Dip Tchg ECE
Blessed to be the mother of eight darling children, my husband Craig and I built Little Einsteins based around what we wanted for our own children. Five 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 ten are very special and precious.
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 our incredible teaching team, 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.
Vicky - Office Manager
Ash - Office Adminstrator - Teacher Support
Hi Families, I’m Ash! I’m Canadian born and bred, and have been living in New Zealand for the last 8 years, with my partner Dave, and our almost 4 year old son Mack! I have worked with your children at Little Einsteins for over four years. How could I resist such a lovely place to work! I am very passionate about working with children and watching them learn and grow! I currently share my time between support teaching on the floor, and administration in the office.
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.
Jess - Registered Teacher, Team Leader - 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.
Laura - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)
Kia Ora, my name is Laura,
I started work in the infants room whilst waiting for my tertiary course to begin. I fell in love, and couldn't leave - so my career path has taken a sharp turn! I am in the process of beginning my study for my teaching degree, to enjoy understanding and facilitating the development of your precious children.
Arnika - Registered Teacher - (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 - Registered Teacher - Btchg Pri
Hi, I'm Rachel, and I live in Cambridge with my fiance and children. 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 I love my focus on Early Childhood. I look forward to getting to know you all!
Alea - Teacher in Training
Kia Ora,My name is Alea; I am a student studying my Btchg ECE and working at Little Einsteins, primarily in the Kiwi room. I have been living in Cambridge for ten years. I have two children of my own, a son who is at primary school and a daughter who comes with me to the centre. I hope to bring my personal experience as a mother into my teaching practices, helping the babies through their day using compassion and fun. I feel fortunate to be hanging out in the Kiwi class; sometimes, I think the babies are teaching me more than I am them! In my spare time, I love spending quality time with my husband and kids.
Jessie - Teacher in Training - Btchg ECE
My name is Jessie and I am delighted to be snuggling your babies at Little Einsteins.
I have a passion for educating young minds and have been working with children for 8 years. I recently decided after 7 years of not living in Cambridge that it was time to come home and do my degree in early childhood, so I am excited to start learning more and getting to watch your children grow. When I am not at work or studying I enjoy spending my time going to the beach, reading and cooking. I look forward to working alongside you and your children during my time here at little Einsteins.
How do Kiwis 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!
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.
Jordyn - Registered Teacher - Team Leader - Btchg ECE
Hi, my name is Jordyn and I am privileged to be a part of our amazing Little Einsteins Whanau. I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and love working with your children. I love watching children 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 and our wee girl 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.
Sophie - Registered Teacher - Btchg ECE (Currently on Travel Leave)
Hi, my name is Sophie and I was born and raised in the picturesque southern town of Wanaka, nestled between snow capped mountains and a beautiful lake. In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking, cooking, and going on road trips with my partner and our dog. Being immersed in nature is my happy place and I feel privileged to be able to work in an environment which provides wide open spaces for your curious little learners to explore. I value building meaningful relationships with tamariki and whānau and see it as such a privilege to share their learning journeys through these formative young years.
Janelle - Registered Teacher - Btchg ECE
Hi, my name is Janelle. I have been with Little Einsteins almost since opening day. I live in Hamilton with my husband, my daughter and my baby boy- both of my children also enjoy spending their days at Little Einsteins. I have been teaching almost 15 years and my experience and area of passion is working with toddlers. I love seeing their learning journeys unfold and supporting them along the way. I love being part of the Little Einsteins family and can’t imagine being anywhere else. In my spare time I love trips to the beach where my family and I go for walks and explore with our beagle called Harry.
Gaylene - Teacher in Training - Btchg ECE
Kia Ora, my name is Gaylene, I am married to Terry, a mother of four busy children and Nana G to two wonderful grandchildren.
We recently moved to Cambridge and I feel privileged to be a part of the Little Einsteins family.
Having worked with children in the Middle East for a number of years I developed a passion for all things learning and relished the multicultural environments.
On our return to New Zealand I decided it was time to work towards my degree in ECE. I am in my second year of study with Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
I look forward to working with you and you child here at Little Einsteins.
Sophie - Registered Teacher - (Btchg ECE)
Hi Tui Whanau! My name is Sophie, and I am a newly graduated Early Childhood Teacher. I have had a passion for working with children for the past six years which lead to me working in America as a Nanny for two years. On my return to New Zealand, I embarked on the formal journey of my Bachelor of Teaching. I strongly believe that children should be agents of their own learning in an environment that is safe, stimulating and intriguing and am loving working alongside your children at Little Einsteins.
Sarah - Registered Teacher (Btchtg ECE)
Warmest Greetings Whaanau. My name is Sarah. I have lived in Cambridge for the last 4yrs, when my husband and I arrived arrived here along with our 4 children we fell in love with Cambridge and both knew we wanted to make it our home town. My first contact with Little Einsteins was through my niece who attended here in her preschool years. I enjoy working with the toddlers providing spaces for learning opportunities to occur, seeing the joy on their faces when they achieve a task that they have been persevering with and celebrating that moment with them. I love being able to assist them in acquiring their language and the warm, reciprocal relationships I form with the tamariki and their whaanau. I look forward to seeing you in Ruma Tui.
Abby - Team Leader - Registered Teacher - 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, our son 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.
Gill - Teacher in Training
I am South African working toward my residency in NZ. My family have had a huge part in shaping me into the person I am today. My Parents have taught me certain values such as honesty, kindness, loyalty and to be compassionate and caring towards not only people but animals as well. I hope to teach and model these values and my traditions in the Early childhood sector. My greatest achievement in life was when I was blessed with my daughter Ella-Mae and recently my son William. As a mother I am now able to view the world from an entirely different perspective. I feel I now have additional wisdom and skills which would certainly benefit me when working as an Early Childhood Teacher. I believe I am approachable and open minded. I am up for any challenge and I enjoy messy play and visual arts. I am excited to complete my final year this year at Wintec to become a fully registered ECE teacher.
Helen - Registered Teacher - 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!
Katie - Btchg ECE
Hi I'm Katie, busy mum of three, and part time farmer! When I'm not working with your children or mine, I am on the farm raising calves, or doing the farm administration.
I love being a Pukeko teacher, the fascinating conversations and learning I find with your small people. I look forward to meeting you and working alongside you and your children.
Emily - Registered Teacher - Team Leader - Btchg Pri, Grad DipTchg ECE
Kia Ora whānau, my name is Emily and I am part of the Little Einsteins furniture. With a genuine passion for children, teaching and learning, I like to get down with the tamariki and do anything and everything possible to make this journey an exciting and challenging learning adventure for all. I love teaching with a hose in my hand, getting messy and muddy and being outside in nature. With years of experience behind me I consider myself a down to earth learner just as much as the children and love making our time together interesting, adventurous and insightful about all aspects of life. The key to an amazing learning experience is a solid, respectful, responsive and honest relationship and this is something I pride myself in having strength in. Life is for living, loving and learning.
When I am not at Little Einsteins I am a busy wife and mum of 2 and love speedway, the beach and relaxing.
Jenny - Registered Teacher - BA, Grad Dip Tchg (Pri)
My name is Jenny and I am a qualified, registered teacher originally from the U.K. Our family moved to Cambridge in August 2019. My husband is also a teacher-we have been fortunate enough to enjoy great adventure as we taught in Qatar for five years and Beijing for one year before deciding to settle down in beautiful New Zealand. I have been teaching children from Early Childhood to Primary age for the past 18 years, with the majority of that time spent teaching 3-5 year olds. I believe in forming strong bonds with tamariki and their whānau . I love engaging children in leading their own learning through sparking their interests, I find the early childhood years a magical time in every child’s life.
Megan - Registered 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.
Susan - Teaching Assistant
Kia ora, Tamariki and Whanau. My name is Susan. I have moved to Cambridge with my 2 teenage daughters to be closer to my elderly parents supporting them and my wider family. I have lived on Waiheke Island for past 9 1/2 years with our dog, cat and chickens. I have always loved working with children, I travelled the world as a nanny, was a travel agent for 8 years then whilst having my own children I enjoyed and learnt so much being a playcentre Mum. I have worked as a Teacher aide at primary school level and lately finished 4 1/2 years of being an educator for Home Grown Kids in our home. I have a natural love of preschoolers and I am passionate about nature, being in the outdoors and exploring this with children. I love travelling, gardening, animals, art and being creative.
Rose - Registered Teacher - Btchg ECE
Hi, I'm Rose. I have been relieving at "Little Einsteins" since the beginning of this year. I thoroughly enjoy working here, in this incredible country setting with amazing tamariki, kaiako and whanau, not to mention the array of animals! I have worked in various other early childhood settings, but feel most at home working at "LittleEinsteins", where I am able to walk to and from work. I play the guitar, and love sharing my passion for animals in the work environment. I have a 14 year old son and a wonderful partner, Mac.My favourite activity would have to be walking my lovely chocolate labrador dog called Max.
Ariana - Teacher in Training (Btchg ECE)
My name is Ariana and I have been teaching at Little Einsteins since the end of 2019 after finishing my last year of high school. I quickly fell in love with it here with all the various things it has to offer your little ones. I am studying for my teaching degree at Wintec and I am very excited for this journey in becoming a qualified ECE teacher. When I’m not working I love to be at the beach or with my family and friends.
Minna - Registered Teacher - 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.
Marion - Pony Riding Intructor
Kia Ora, my name is Marion, and I am supporting all of your equestrian stars.
When I am not at Little Einsteins working with my beautiful team - Zimba, Spice, Jack and Cracker, and marvelling at the skills your young ones have, I run my own business - Sam and his Farmyard Friends.
A bit of an animal nut - I fit in perfectly here at Little Einsteins.