Eduplay Westgate Team
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.
Hi, I’m Michaela, my role is the administrator for the centre. I have over five years’ experience in customer service, administration and data entry.
I am excited to learn, meet new people and am looking forward to a new adventure. I am newly married and live in Massey with my husband and our two cats. I enjoy travelling and spending time with friends/family.
Don’t be afraid to approach me for anything at all, I am more than happy to assist!
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.
I’m Dannii, team leader in the Piha Room! I currently have my bachelors of early childhood education, a current first aid cert and my full teaching registration. My passion is definitely learning through a range of play and fun ideas. I have worked with all different ages of children and love being a part of an ongoing development for each individual. I love to dress up, plan science experiments and celebrate all and every culture possible! Come say hello and join in on our fun!
Kia Ora, I’m Toni and I’m the room leader of the Muriwai room, I am qualified and fully registered and have been teaching for many years. I have a strong passion for under threes and love watching each child grow and development as they learn about the world around them. I love taking children’s individual interests and extending on them in a fun creative way where they are able to develop different working theories. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner out fishing and exploring our beautiful country. I looking forward to getting to know your children as you spend your time at Eduplay.
Kia ora, my name is Natasha, but you can call me Tash. I am a qualified and fully registered teacher who has been teaching in early childhood since 2003. My family includes my husband, 3 children, a dog and a cat. I have always had a passion for teaching our younger generation as I strongly believe the first 1000 days are the most important beginning to a child's life. I believe building relationships and connecting with tamariki and their whanau is so very important, and to do this, listening with intent is key! I teach from the heart. Our tamariki are our future so it is important to empower them and encourage them to see just how unique they are and what they are capable of! I believe it takes a village to raise a child and I am looking forward to being apart of your child's village!
"Poipoia te kakano Kia puawai - Nurture the seed and it shall blossom"
Kia Ora, Fakalofa Atu, Hello, I’m Lacean (pronounced Lay-Ken) and I’m the room leader of the Parakai and Te Henga Rooms. I am a fully registered teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood and have been teaching since 2013. My whanau includes my husband, two daughters, who both attend Eduplay, and three cats. I have a strong passion for sensory exploration, which basically means I love mess! (so pack extra clothes) and cultural identity. I want each child to know and feel that they have a place within our environment and to be able to share and explore the different cultures within our rooms. I can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to Eduplay.
Hey I’m Mandy, I’m a fully registered teacher with a bachelor in early childhood education. I have been teaching for over ten years and still thoroughly enjoy working along children and whanau, watching them learn and grow into the unique capable individuals they are, with an abundance of messy play added in. I am teaching in the Muriwai Room and when I’m not working, I’m spending time with my own three children exploring the outdoors or relaxing at home. I can’t wait to welcome you to Eduplay.
Kia Ora/Hello/Ni Hao, my name is Zhipeng Gu and you can 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 at Massey University and my Graduate Diploma in teaching (early childhood education) at New Zealand Tertiary College. Now I am working full time in the 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.
Kia Ora my name is Hayley, my family and I moved to New Zealand from South Africa when I was three.I have my Bachelor od Early Childhood education and have been working as a teacher for 8 years now.My passion is learning through exploration and play based activities. My hobbies are photography, travelling and being outdoors at the beach. I look forward to meeting you all.
My name is Almira. I was born in the Philippines, my family and I moved her to Aoteaora many years ago. I have a daughter, Aila who also attends Eduplay.
I am a register and qualified ECE teacher, I have been teaching for more than 5 years. I value respectful teaching practices as well as building trusting relationships with tamariki and their whanau.
I look forward to welcoming you 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 I’m Jess!
I wanted to become a teacher because I love being able to help Tamariki learn, explore and discover everything possible.
I enjoy learning through play-based activities. I love going to the beach and travelling. I love challenging myself to learn new things and try different activities as well.
Can’t wait to meet you all!
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.
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.
Kia Ora! Call me JoJo. I am an unqualified teacher and have just begun working towards a Bachelor of Teaching in ECE. As I have a lot of nieces and nephews, you'll find me hanging out with and looking after them as much as I can. I really love being the "favourite aunty."
A personal endeavour of mine is to make sure that every child I come into contact with feels safe, seen, heard and loved. I look forward to meeting you and your little one(s) and the adventures that await us!
Kia ora, my name is Kim!
I'm currently studying towards my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I've always been passionate about kids and love seeing them thrive and grow but it was my son who inspired me to pursue a career in early childhood education. He also attends Eduplay. I have a passion for dance and music which I love to share with the children. In my spare time you will find me outdoors by the water either fishing, swimming or spending quality time with family.
Hi, My name is Vicky, I am a mother of a beautiful girl named Isla who also attends Eduplay. I have recently started my journey in Early Childcare as an unqualified early childcare teacher. I come from a back ground of Administration with experience in Health and Safety, however, my passion has always been to work with children as I enjoy watching and assisting them to develop skills and grow into their own personalities. My hobbies include, going to the beach, classic cars, spending time with my family, and going to the Gym.
I am looking forward to developing my skills as a early childcare teacher, as well as encouraging your children to become competent and confident learners and communicators.
Hi I’m Lydia, this is my first time working in early childhood and I’m really interested in studying to be an ECE teacher.
I love out at Muriwai and spend mostly all year round exploring our beautiful beach.
I’m looking forward to meeting all the children and their families so come over and say hi when you see me.
Hi my name is Stacey, I am mum to 5 amazing kids – 3 sons (21yrs, 18yrs & 2yrs) and 2 daughters (13yrs & 10yrs).I am already loving getting to know your little ones and looking forward to watching them grow and change.In my spare time I like to go to stockcars or have a weekend away at the beach.I look forward to meeting those that I have not yet.
Kia orana Ko Lydia toku ingoa! I am of Cook Island descent, and have recently started my early childcare journey as an unqualified teacher. I have always loved working with our rangatahi through kura and babysitting for whānau and have loved meeting all of you and your tamariki so far. Some hobbies of mine include playing sports, exploring the outdoors, I thrive on new challenges and learning new skills. I am looking forward to helping develop and grow self-confidence in our tamariki here at Eduplay, I can’t wait to meet those of you that I haven’t already!
Hey there! my name is Romey, this is my first experience working in early childhood and I can’t wait to be apart of shaping the lives of our future generation. I have always wanted to be in a line of work where what I do makes a difference and what better than helping these little minds grow as they explore the very beginning of their lives.
I personally love to get out doors exploring the country with my family and go fishing at the beach! I am so glad to be apart of the Edu play team and look forward to meeting you all and creating a positive relationship with you and your little ones!
Kia Ora. My name is Dan!
I am a qualified teacher with Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. I love interacting with children and catering for all their needs. My teaching philosophy is based on learning through play .
A day without laughter is a day wasted!
Can't wait to meet you and your beautiful pepi.