Our Dedicated Team
My name is Danielle, although I often get called Dannii. I am a fully registered teacher and have been working with children for over seven years. Free play is a philosophy which I practice, providing each child with the resources they need to grow, learn and adapt their discoveries within their personal development. I practice both bicultural and multicultural beliefs and try my hardest to include a range of diverse phrases from other languages, so please feel free to support me on this goal!
Hi my name is Sarah and I am the Head Teacher here at Eduplay Westgate. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2003 and I am qualified in both Early Childhood and Primary Teaching and have two children of my own. I have worked with many age groups, lead teaching teams and worked as a centre manager and curriculum advisor. I am really looking forward to building a great teaching team and serving your families and our community here at Eduplay Westgate.
Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, my name is Timena and I am the centre administrator. I have been working in the childcare sector for 5 years. Though my main roll is admin/reception work, I also have plenty of experience working as a relief teacher in both nursery and pre-school classrooms. I look forward to meeting new families and welcoming them into our beautiful centre
Hi everyone, my name is Laura. I am originally from Croatia and came here when I was 3 years old. I love New Zealand and call it my home. I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 12 years and hold a Bachelor of Teaching in ECE. I have 2 children of my own. I believe each individual child has their own urges and interests that I believe is important to support throughout their precious preschool years. Supporting children from such a young age is my favourite as you get to see them grow from the beginning and watch their achievements over the years. I look forward to meeting you all and building a lovely relationship with your children and family.
Kia Ora, my name is Toni. I have been working in early childhood for 7 years and have a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
I have a strong passion for children and believe each child is a unique individual with lots of potential to learn and grow.I look forward to learning more about your children and watching them grow while they are here.
Talofa Lava everyone, I’m Natia but you can call me Tia. I’m an unqualified teacher and have been teaching for 3 years with all ages as well as having a Level 3 food safety certificate. I’m from Samoa and visit my family often.
My hobbies include, travelling, sports and music. I enjoy art and messy play and value strong relationships with the children and parents. Come and say hello when you can, I can’t wait to meet you.
Hi, I'm Sarah and you'll find me in the kitchen here at Eduplay.
I've been a chef for over 10 years and am a mother to 2 young boys, so i'm very experienced with feeding the toughest critics.
I have a lot of experience with allergies, intolerances and other special dietary requirements. I look forward to feeding all the families here at Eduplay.
Kia Ora, my name is Victoria. I am currently a year 2 student completing my Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood Education and working at Eduplay when I am not at uni. I come from a big whanau which includes lots of nieces and nephews so my love for being around children began there, eventually growing in to what became my passion. I look forward to meeting all your tamariki and working with them.
你好, everyone, my name is Chelsea. I’m from China, and I’m currently studying for the Graduate Diploma in ECE. My hobbies include cooking, music and going hiking with my parents or friends on weekends. I am passionate about learning and progressing with children from different cultural backgrounds and do my best to encourage tamariki to discover their strengths and interests. I look forward to meeting you at Eduplay!
Hello, I'm Kristal and I am a mother of two boys and have only just begun my journey as an unqualified early childcare teacher. I have always been very passionate about working with children and encouraging each child’s individual personalities to grow as well as their interests. My hobbies include baking, going to the beach and trying out different bush walks with my family. I am looking forward to meeting all the families here at Eduplay.
My name is Kaitlin and I am currently studying towards my bachelor of ECE. I am very passionate about children and ensuring that their individuals needs are being met, as well as supporting them to recognise themselves as the strong and competent learners that they are. If I’m not studying you’ll often find me with my friends/family or at the beach with a book in hand. I look forward to meeting you all and building a great relationship with you and your child.
Kia Ora, my name is Lacean (pronounced Lay-ken). I live in Waitakere with my husband and daughter. I am a fully registered teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood. I have been working with under 5's for the past 7 years. I have a strong passion for sensory play and cultural identity. I want each child to feel that they have a place within our environment and be able to share and explore different cultures. I look forward to meeting you all and creating a great relationship with you and your child.
Hola! My name is Marcelo; originally from Chile. I am so excited to be working with children and really making a difference in their lives. Being a teacher is who I am and what I have always wanted to be.
My teaching career began in 2000 graduated with a Bachelor in Education (Primary) from the University Autonoma de Chile. I've been taught children from 2 to 12 years old at several schools in Chile.
Kia Ora, ko Basia tōku ingoa. He uri tēnei no ngā iwi o Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu me Ngāti Hāmoa. Hi my name is Basia (pronounced Baysha), I’m of Māori and Samoan decent. I’m an unqualified ECE teacher with many years of experience in Kōhanga Reo.
When I’m not hanging out with your kids at Eduplay I’m hanging out with the kids and my whare. I love all things culture and am very passionate about Te Reo Māori, you will most probably catch me speaking it at some point during the day. Tēnā, kaua e whakamā, mihi mai.
Hi, I’m Abi and I am one of the teachers here at Eduplay Westgate. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching and current teacher registration. I have worked in early childhood for eight years and I am passionate about supporting children’s learning and development. I am committed to fostering children’s innate curiosity and sense of wonder, through respectful, responsive teaching practices.
In my spare time I volunteer as a peer support educator for Slingbabies, supporting families with infants and young children. I also have children of my own, and enjoy getting out into nature for adventures as a family.
Kia Ora/Hello/Ni Hao, my name is Zhipeng Gu and you could call me Alan if you like. I feel excited to be a member of the great Eduplay family.
I grew up in China and have lived in New Zealand since 2014. I finished my master degree in Massey University and my Graduate Diploma in teaching (early childhood education) in New Zealand Tertiary College. Now I am working full time in Piha Room.
I am super excited to work alongside the preschool children. And I look forward to meeting and getting to know you and all the children.