The Midcity Team
We believe in our team and know that they are the key to a great Early Learning Centre. A happy teaching team creates a wonderful environment for the children - which is our number one priority. We would like to introduce them to you:
Ange is an outgoing and friendly person, who is married to Darryn and is a Mum to 3 lovely daughters. Ange has been in the Early Childhood sector for over 25 years and has worked in a variety of Centres including her own for 8 years.
Ange is very passionate and focused about providing the best possible care and education for the tamariki in our Centre. She knows that great teachers are what makes a wonderful Centre and is focused on continuing to grow and develop our teachers to be the best they can be. Working in partnership with parents is paramount to tamariki and their whānau having a strong sense of belonging to our Midcity Whānau, and Ange really enjoys building these important relationships.
Becs is married with 2 children. She has always been involved with and had a real love for children. Becs is a qualified and registered teacher with over 18 years’ experience. She believes that children learn best through unhurried, calm and positive interactions with educators that are attuned to their needs. Becs looks forward to working alongside you, nurturing your children to learn and grow.
Jo is one of our longest serving teachers at Midcity and is particularly fond of working with infants. She has a very peaceful, calm manner which creates a lovely atmosphere for our babies. Jo feels strongly about putting their needs first and believes that the caring and respectful relationships we develop and share with them are crucial to their happiness and future success.
Charisse has been passionate about early childhood for as long as she can remember. She finished her ECE Diploma at Waikato University after her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and English. Charisse loves working alongside the Infant teachers to help support our tamariki in their development and she embraces the opportunity to be able to provide the love and cuddles they need while they are with us. Charisse is married and has a gorgeous son. She is originally from South Africa but has been in New Zealand since 2008.
Sacha has been working in the Early Childhood sector since 2006, and has a special bond with our babies. She is always available for hugs with our younger children and has a lovely calm manner. Sacha is a very happy, positive person and is respectful in her teacher practice.
Tracey is the mum of 3 and loves being surrounded by children. She is a respectful and caring teacher. She believes in children being able to learn and develop at their own pace in a fun and nurturing environment. She is respectful in her practice and believes strong and reciprocal relationships between whānau, tamariki and kaiako are at the heart of a child's learning. She enjoys the toddler age group because of their eagerness to learn and their fun and enthusiastic personalities.
Claudia has a bachelor in Social Science where she majored in Psychology and minored in Human Development, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood. Claudia loves working with children, but her favourite part about teaching is watching them develop and grow. Working alongside them while their language, gross and fine motor skills, and personalities develop and flourish is fascinating and to be a part of it is even greater.
Grace has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about working with young children and being able to extend and encourage their exciting learning journey. She believes in supporting the continual growth in each child in the Centre.
Grace's favourite part about being in the Toddler room, is being able to facilitate
and support the children's learning and development at this fun age.
Frank has graduated with a Diploma in ECE from New Zealand Tertiary College. Frank believes that children's play should be valued and all children are unique and should be allowed to learn at their own pace. He is passionate about science and technology which can offer opportunities for children to enrich their knowledge. Frank is married with one child, and he loves spending time with his family outside of work.
Erena enjoys working with different age groups; however her true passion is with the Kindy aged children. She is passionate about creating an environment that is rich in fun opportunities for children to engage in and prepare for their future learning and transition to school. Erena is a mother of 4 and when not at work enjoys spending time with her family.
Jason is a very caring and fun teacher who is loved by all the children. He has worked throughout the centre with all three age-groups, and is currently a teacher in the Kindy where the older children really enjoy having a male role model around. Jason is passionate about Nature and continues to provide lots of amazing opportunities for the children with the incredible creatures he brings to live at Midcity. He is also a wonderful encourager of gross motor development and is often found extending the children in this valuable area of our curriculum.
Shannon’s journey as a kaiako began with a primary school qualification but she has found Early Childhood Education to be much more rewarding. She believes that the tamariki learn best through play, where they are able to take charge of the direction of their own learning, set their own challenges, assess risks for themselves, and experiment with solving the problems they encounter. By facilitating an environment where play is valued, we are assisting the tamariki of Midcity to become self-managing, life-long learners.
Dianne is of Tainui and Maniapoto descent, from Waikato and Taumarunui. She is blest to be 'Nan' to seven mokopuna, has 26 years teaching experience and holds a Bachelor of ECE. Dianne values and respects the mana/dignity and individuality of every child. To encourage and nurture the potential within, that they may grow to be confident learners, to embrace their uniqueness; to be the amazing, creative future leaders is both an honour and a privilege for Dianne.
'Ko ngā tamariki o ēnei rā, hei rangatira mo apōpō'. 'Today's generation, tomorrows leaders'.
Shaz really enjoys her Admin role at Midcity and loves working with all the families, both new and existing and welcoming them into our caring environment. In the past, Shaz worked in the Travel Industry and has a lot of experience in dealing with families and people of all ages. She is passionate about making your first experience with our team a very friendly and positive one. Shaz is married with three grown children living in Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch. She doesn’t have any grandchildren yet (sadly!) but she does have the most adorable dog!
Wendy loves creating healthy, nutritious meals for our children as well as interacting with our wonderful teachers and children over the kitchen counter. She is married with 2 adult children. Outside of work, Wendy enjoys spending time with family and adventuring in the outdoors.
Shae is working part-time with us as she completes her Master's in Psychology. She is an outgoing and friendly kaiako and has had a lot of experience with all age groups at Midcity. Shae loves being a part of the learning and development of our tamariki, and thrives on creating an environment that is fun and engaging for them. Shae also really enjoys working in partnership with whānau and building strong relationships with them.