Angela Kimber

I began my teaching career in 1997 after having a family and developing a strong interest in the learning that takes place in early childhood.  My friend opened a centre in Raglan and asked me to work with her and I quickly became hooked and did my training as a ‘mature student.’  Setting up a centre in the country was a dream for a while and when after much searching we finally found the perfect place Matapihi Kindergarten became a reality 5 years ago.  It is awesome to be able to share such a special environment with our children and immerse ourselves in nature every day.

Brenda Soutar

Brenda Soutar has been interested in the Reggio educational experience since 1999 when she had the opportunity to visit Reggio Emilia following the C Company Māori Battalion tour of Italy.  Reggio is one of several inspirational approaches that has stretched Brenda’s thinking in relation to her role as pedagogical leader in the Māori language immersion setting where she works (Mana Tamariki).  Brenda is a strong advocate that all children in Aotearoa New Zealand have the right to a high-quality educational experience that reflects the cultural context of this country.  She believes that the Reggio experience is a fine example of what can be achieved when communities are assisted to define and implement their own progressive thinking about children.  This requires proper resourcing which in Reggio has seen a strong commitment to research and experimentation develop over decades, a commitment underpinned by high-quality professional development.

Briar Heskett

The Lintott teaching team have been doing professional development through the Educational Leadership Project for a number of years.  Writing great Learning Stories has grown our teaching practices from year to year.  Between the three of us we have 26 years teaching experience at Lintotts.  Our early childhood journeys have been diverse with backgrounds in Playcentre, a degree in Visual Arts, and the school of hard knocks.  We enjoy the creative environment at Lintotts, where relationships with children and their families are pivotal to learning and teachers are passionate about a programme that is child led (taking us on many unexpected learning journeys!).

Bronwen Stevenson

Bronwen has been teaching in early childhood sector for many years, having trained initially as a primary teacher and then retraining in ECE.  She is a senior teacher at Tots Corner in Auckland and is actively engaged in action research and exploring the implications of the principles and values that underpin the Reggio Emilia approach.

Bronwen was involved with the children whose stories are shared in several of the pedagogical documentation panels and will share the way in which ‘listening with our eyes’ has enabled the teachers to critically reflect on the multiple ways we can interpret children's actions.

Carol Marks

Carol Marks is currently working for ELP and has been using ICT to strengthen children’s learning since 2001.  In recent years Carol has become interested in gaming as a literacy practice to strengthen learning in ways that are meaningful to children, that can foster imaginations and creativity.  An opportunity to question our beliefs and stretch our thinking around gaming for young children.

Carol Palmer

Ko Ruawhero te tohunga

Ko Ngati Whawhakia rāua Ko Te Ngaungau ōku hapū

Ko Te Kauri tōku, ko Pouakani ko Papawai rāua ko Teoreore ōku marae

Ko Kaaro Harikona rawa ko Te Mako Wharemahihi ōku Tupuna

Ko Carol Kaaro Palmer tōku ingoa

No neira tēna koutou katoa.

 

Currently my mahi is with Te Wānanga o Aōtearoa and I am in a supporting role with the 3 Tainui centres.  I have worked across the early childhood landscape in various roles throughout the past 30+ years.

When I stop to think about the time, it doesn’t seem to have been that many years… to busy having fun to notice smiley.  

My passion is early childhood education and in particular a focus and commitment to transformation through education for Māori.               

Clare Battersby (Fairy Clare)

Clare Battersby (aka Fairy Clare) is known across New Zealand for her work teaching and celebrating children.  She is a qualified dancer and early childhood teacher with a Graduate Diploma in Movement and dance from the University of Melbourne.

Fairy Clare emerged as part of her teaching in Melbourne Botanic gardens from which she developed shows for and with children about the stories of the nature.  These shows have been performed in Botanic gardens around the world.

Recently she presented at Tui Tuia ONZA International Conference at Waikato University.  This was followed by presenting at the Early Childhood Conference of Performing Arts Melbourne.  She previously lectured in movement, dance  and P.E at the Auckland College of Education and today continues to encourage teachers to bring the Arts alive in their daily work with children.

Daryl Phillips

The Lintott teaching team have been doing professional development through the Educational Leadership Project for a number of years.  Writing great Learning Stories has grown our teaching practices from year to year.  Between the three of us we have 26 years teaching experience at Lintotts.  Our early childhood journeys have been diverse with backgrounds in Playcentre, a degree in Visual Arts, and the school of hard knocks.  We enjoy the creative environment at Lintotts, where relationships with children and their families are pivotal to learning and teachers are passionate about a programme that is child led (taking us on many unexpected learning journeys!).

Donya Feci

Donya has been teaching children for over 14 years in varying capacities.  She has been an Early Childhood Teacher at Papamoa Free Kindergarten for 5 years, a kindergarten that was well on the sustainability journey at that time.

"I have had the pleasure of being a part of the transformation of our environment into a children's sanctuary, displaying the principles of education for sustainability in practical and fun ways (water harvesting/chickens/gardens/seed saving/composting/waste minimization and sharing and making kai from our immediate and wider community).  For two years I have been an Enviroschools Facilitator for Tauranga Kindergarten Association.

My interests and passions are:

  • food security/ heritage seeds/ whakapapa
  • making healthy soil / composting /seed raising
  • seed saving
  • rongoa rakau/Māori medicine"

Helen Aitken

Helen Aitken is a trustee of Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ).  Helen was born and educated in Hamilton and  is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) at Unitec in Auckland -  in this role she enjoys supporting student teachers to re-examine their own views of children, learning & teaching, including their resulting documentation.
Helen has been interested and inspired by things Reggio since 2001 and in particular how ECE teachers and centres in Aotearoa can be inspired and challenged in ways which ‘fit’ with our own cultural context and curriculum.

Hinemoa Pohatu

Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Pirirakau te hapū
Ko Ngatiranginui me Te Rarawa ngā iwi
Ko Hinemoa Pohatu taku ingoa

My journey in early childhood began 20+ years ago and in 2007, I was introduced to my first leadership role when I joined the team at Apakura Te Kākano, as a Team Leader.
 
In 2010, I became the Centre Manager which I believe has strengthened my strong passion and understanding of the importance in becoming a strategic leader to support positive transformations through education.

Jayde Colby

Jayde is a qualified registered teacher and she leads the over two’s team at Kids to Five Bader Street.  The Kids to Five Bader team is made up of passionate and hardworking teachers who believe in Kidicorp’s vision of ‘working in partnership with teachers and parents, enabling children to reach their learning potential.'

Jenelle Pearce

Teaching at Maungaarangi Kindergarten, for the past three years, has for me, initiated the process of awakening my own wairua.  My cultural identity has previously been shaped almost entirely by a colonialist view of our country, though somehow I have always believed, that as Pākehā, we are enriched as we grow an appreciation of the land to which our peoples have come, and as such grow a respect for tangata whenua as the indigenous proprietors and guardians of the land that we live.  With no claim to Māori tikanga myself, apart from a love of this precious culture and an understanding that growing identity is linked to knowing ones own history and cultural background, I find myself strangely comforted, and often spiritually in awe, of the kaupapa  surrounding much of the Māori culture that I have come to know over these recent few years.

Jenni Potter and the Curious Cubs team

Curious Cubs is managed and led by the Centre Owner Jenni Potter.  Jenni is a qualified and registered teacher with many years experience in a variety of early childhood education settings.  The Curious Cubs team are all qualified teachers or teachers in their 3rd year of training.  Assistant Manager Debbie Redhead, Rochelle Standing, Jay Fowles and Michelle Ward make up the Under 2’s team.  Michelle Hunt, Caitlin Spear, Aisha-Leigh Richards-Liley with support from the centre cook/teacher Jodie Joyce make up the Over twos team.  Curious Cubs provides an intimate family like environment with family relationships being nurtured and respected.  Curious Cubs is committed to providing high quality child care and education in a learning environment that stimulates and provokes children to investigate, nurturing their natural curiosity.

Karen Ramsey

Karen Ramsey is the Head Teacher at Roskill South Kindergarten and has been apart of this learning community since July 1997.  In 2000, Karen participated in the Education Leadership Project professional development programme.  The discovery of Learning Stories transformed Karen’s teaching and learning practices.  This ignited her interest and passion for documenting children’s learning and her vision for the use of ICT began.  Karen went onto lead the Roskill South Kindergarten Centre of Innovation Project (2003-2006).  The Roskill South Kindergarten community has generously shared their stories with many and Karen has disseminated and inspired teachers throughout New Zealand and beyond.

Kathryn Delany

Kathryn Delany is an early childhood teacher with a background in Playcentre, Childcare and Kindergarten who has been a  Project Facilitator with the Educational Leadership Project for over 8 years.  She passionate about providing our tamariki with high quality education and experiences in early childhood education.

Kerry Neas

I have been teaching for 9 years interspersed with travel and having a son.  I have been in my current position as teacher for 5 years, 2 of which I have been an Enviroschools facilitator.  My passion for sustainability began from a love of nature as a child.  Not the bush or forest necessarily but the freedom to explore and discover without boundaries and the role animals played in my childhood.  I love learning alongside children and discovering natures wonders together.

Lesley Pohio

Lesley Pohio is a trustee of Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ).  Lesley teaches in the tertiary education sector after many years in the early education context (kindergarten and care and education settings). Lesley has been provoked by the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, particularly in light of how young children make their thinking visible through many different ‘languages’. The notion of the environment as the third teacher is also of interest and specially as Malaguzzi claims “the environment is like an aquarium, mirroring and reflecting the values and beliefs of the people who inhabit it”.

Lindy Moir

I am Australian and have been teaching in early childhood in NZ for well over 30 years.  During this time I have experienced many learning environments that have been challenging and fulfilling, but none as inspiring as where I am currently teaching at Matapihi Kindergarten.  The nature connection feeds the soul and to see the children go home soaking in the goodness from the day is very gratifying.

Lorraine Sands

Lorraine Sands is a facilitator for Educational Leadership Project working alongside teachers across New Zealand as they explore learning and teaching initiatives in their own settings.  Lorraine has written journal articles focused on innovative teaching and learning, risk and challenge, infant and toddler environments and has had many opportunities to speak at Conferences and workshops in New Zealand and Europe.  She has worked at Greerton Early Childhood Centre inside a shared leadership environment and been involved in a number of research projects with the Greerton team, including  a Ministry of Education Centre of Innovation (2006-2008) research investigation about enquiry learning.

Lynn Rupe

Inspired by personal circumstances has meant that Lynn can passionately talk about building resilience in children and lifelong outcomes.  Lynn has worked as a teacher and kaitiaki of a centre for six years prior to starting with ELP where the outcomes of wise practice regarding language, culture and identity were evident through children having an innate sense of tino rangatiratanga and mana.  She draws on life experience and research to take a very reflective look at equity and equality.

Marianne MacPherson

Marianne has a Bachelor of Teaching (Auckland University) and has been teaching in Auckland for the past 18 years, most recently for the past 8 years at Pigeon Mountain Kindergarten before joining the ELP team last year.

Michelle Flower

The Lintott teaching team have been doing professional development through the Educational Leadership Project for a number of years.  Writing great Learning Stories has grown our teaching practices from year to year.  Between the three of us we have 26 years teaching experience at Lintotts.  Our early childhood journeys have been diverse with backgrounds in Playcentre, a degree in Visual Arts, and the school of hard knocks.  We enjoy the creative environment at Lintotts, where relationships with children and their families are pivotal to learning and teachers are passionate about a programme that is child led (taking us on many unexpected learning journeys!).

Rick Fourie

Rick is the founder and Managing Director of Creators Educational Trust. Together with a great team, he has established Creators Christian Childcare Centre and Creators @ Home, a home-based childcare service. Rick is passionate about excellence and innovation in education, and believes that children and their whānau deserves our very best.

 

Rina Greaves

Rina Greaves has been with Maungaarangi Kindergarten since May 2011, having taught within the private sector for a number of years.  Bi-lingually competent with an insight into this unique community, and having a genuine commitment to the Ao Māori me ona tikanga, Rina loves to write for their tamariki/children, use their reo/voice, tell their stories so that all whānau can share in the discovery of learning.  Rina is a mother of five children with a background in Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.

Samoa Taumafai A'oga Amata team

We are all teachers working at Samoa Taumafai A’oga Amata in Tokoroa and over the last few years we have written many Learning Stories to track children’s learning progress as we share our Samoan language, culture and identity with children in our New Zealand setting. Over time our Learning Story writing has become more thoughtful and as a result we are now offering many experiences to widen and deepen children’s learning.  Families now are very interested and we have around seventy people attending our portfolio nights.

Sandra Paymani

The Glenview Kindy team is full of strong-headed opinionated women, when we open up a can of worms everyone knows about it.

Sara Archard

Sara Archard is a lecturer in the Department of Professional studies in the Faculty of Education at The University of Waikato.  She currently co-ordinates and teaches in a Graduate Diploma of Teaching - Early Childhood.  She has taught in a variety of early childhood settings and jointly co-ordinates a playgroup for migrant children and their families.  Her key research interests lie in the humanising of e-Learning environments and the development of relationships within the online community.

Simon Archard

Simon Archard  is a lecturer at the University of Waikato. He lectures in Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma Programmes in early childhood education.  As a qualified early childhood teacher he has worked in many early childhood settings and jointly co-ordinates a play group for migrant children and their families.  He has undertaken research on how ICT supports children's inquiry learning and supports democratic teaching and learning in early childhood education.  Other areas of interest include Inclusive education practices in early childhood education.

Stephen Bird

My name is Stephen Bird, I am 27.  I am the first male to graduate from the Bachelor of Teaching (ece) at Wintec.  Now I’m working for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa as an early childhood educator.  Outside of childhood one of my passions is working with people of all ages.  I enjoy taking on different challenges and continuing to learn and grow my knowledge and understanding of the world.

 

Tania Bullick

Tania Bullick has worked in Early Childhood Education for 25 years, mainly in Kindergartens in the Waikato, with particularly strong interests in bicultural development, social competence and working with whanau.  She has worked with ELP over the past 18 months and has become passionate about learning alongside teachers working with infants and toddlers and mainstream teachers exploring the metaphors and ideas contained within the kaupapa Māori document, Te Whatu Pōkeka.

Tracy Ani Tuheke

Ngāti Kinohaku te hapū
Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Oparure te kāinga
Ko Tracy Ani Tuheke ahau
 
I’ve lived the vision that my community aspired to for Māori children, so when I feel in love with early childhood education 10 years ago I dedicated my career to the advancement of Māori culture in Aotearoa. As the well-known whakatauaki of my iwi says “Kia mau ki tēnā, kia mau ki te Kawau Māro. Whanakē ake! Whanake akē!” – Stead strong to formation, I will continue to develop and move forward.

Vanessa Paki

Vanessa Paki is of Tainui (Ngāti Mahuta) and Taranaki (Te Ātiawa) descent.  Vanessa lectures in the Department of Human Development and Counselling at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her research interests are: Matauranga Māori (Māori education), Kaupapa Māori assessment & curriculum in early childhood, and transition issues. 

Through the connections between Te Kura Toi Tangata (Faculty of Education) and He Kōhanga Toi Tangata (Early Years Research Centre), Vanessa is able to contibute to the needs and interests of Māori in early childhood education.  She feels strongly the need to acknowledge the importance of early years learning.

Wendy Lee

Wendy is the Director of Educational Leadership Project Ltd, a professional learning provider for the early childhood sector in New Zealand.  Wendy has been involved in the ECE field as a teacher, tutor, lecturer, manager and professional development facilitator and researcher over the last 40 years.  She has collaborated on four research projects in early years settings with Professor Margaret Carr: (i) Question-asking and Question-exploring, (ii) Integrating ICT into an Early Childhood Setting, (iii) Learning Wisdom and (iv) Learning in the Making: Disposition and Design in Early Education. Prior to this she was a Co-Director with Margaret of the National Early Childhood Assessment and Learning Exemplar Project that developed the Kei Tua of te Pae books for the New Zealand early childhood sector.  More recently she has co-authored two early childhood books: Learning Stories: Constructing Learner Identities in Early Education and Understanding the Te Whāriki Approach: Early years education in practice.