Kia Ora, my name is Kim.
I am the Centre Manager/Kaiako of Mercury Bay Preschool.
I graduated (as a mature student) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) in early childhood education. Before I started my study, I was for many years a personal assistant for a management consultant who specialised in training senior management in areas such as customer service, communication, leadership and teamwork. This work and the reading of a fantastic book called Raving Fans, aligns with my personal philosophy: going above and beyond, exceeding expectations, acting with genuine positivity, pride and energy to deliver value that goes above and beyond the ordinary.
I have had over 19 years teaching and managing experience in a variety of early childhood centres both in Auckland and in the Gold Coast of Australia. Most of the centres I have been involved with have been larger centres however I am absolutely loving the uniqueness and the individuality that is provided by myself and the team at this intimate centre, Mercury Bay Preschool.
I am passionate about an Italian philosophy called Reggio Emilia, as they see the image of the child as competent and strong and being a learner and a teacher. I believe the way we view the child is extremely important as it impacts on how we interact with the children and the environment we provide for them.
At Mercury Bay Preschool, I oversee the curriculum, personnel, administration and teach alongside our other wonderful staff.
Kia Ora, my name is Elyse.
Kia Ora Kotou,
My name is Elyse and I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. I have the pleasure of working in both the Creative and Rainbow room at Mercury Bay Preschool.
My true passion is working with infants and toddlers and building loving and trusting relationships that empowers them to become competent and capable learners.
I have a love of the outdoors and being close to nature and believe it is important for children to develop love and respect for Papatuanuku (mother earth).
Outside of work I enjoy fishing, swimming, hiking, yoga, cooking and reading.
Kia Ora my name is Angela.
I am a Kaiako at Mercury Bay Preschool. I am passionate about providing the best quality care for children in their early years of life.
I believe in providing a caring and nurturing environment for infants and toddlers, working alongside their parents and whánau so I am able to best foster their growth and development.
Outside of work, I love to run, spend time at the beach in this beautiful town and enjoy having fun and laughing lots! Family is very important to me and I love to spend time with my two daughters.
Kia Ora, my name is Angelee.
I am a Kaiako at Mercury Bay Preschool.
I believe it is a privilege to be able to shape young minds and I love seeing children learn and grow within a safe and nurturing environment.
I love leading mat times, sharing stories and songs, and creating open ended art activities for children.
My passion outside of work is creating art, gardening, bush walks, kayaking and being in the outdoors. I have two children, and I love to spend time with my family and love living here in Whitianga.
*Angelee is currently away on maternity leave
Kia Ora, my name is Lisa.
Kia Ora my name is Lisa and I am a Kaiako in the Creative Room.
We moved to Whitianga 10 years ago and I am married with two teenage children who
attend Mercury Bay Area School. I have a Bachelor of Sport & Recreation, a Post Grad
Cert in Health Science and in more recent years a Grad Diploma Teaching Primary.
This year I have enrolled to complete a Grad Diploma in ECE.
With a background in Sport & Recreation and Health Promotion I have spent most of my
years working in the Health Sector in schools or in the community. I also had the
pleasure of teaching for 14 months for a private school in Auckland. I then spent five
months at an early childhood centre in Tairua until it closed. It was then that I realised
that my true passion is working alongside young children.
My interests other than sport is the arts, writing, gardening, and the outdoors including
the beach in this beautiful town. I love providing a positive learning
environment that nurtures and supports the children holistically at Mercury Bay
Kia Ora, my name is Tammy.
I am kaiako here at Mercury Bay Preschool.
I have lived in Whitianga since I was 3 years old, moving away and coming back multiple times during the period I left school, until now. Myself, my brother, mum & dad have been privileged to call this place our home for the past 19 years.
I have always had a passion to work alongside children and therefore I started studying for my Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). However, when opportunities outside of the education sector became available, I decided to postpone my studies. While becoming involved in Search and Rescue NZ, an opportunity became available at MBPS.
I initially was employed to complete some administrative duties as well as support the other kaiako. However, my love and dedication to work alongside children was reignited and recognised by my colleagues, and I am now working in the Creative Room.
In my role as a kaiako, I strive to create an environment where each child feels a sense of belonging within our Kura each time they arrive. I endeavour to promote their well-being, connectedness and acknowledge their contributions. I thoroughly enjoy watching their personalities and development flourish as they play and work alongside others, as well as individually.
I have a strong sense of community focus, this being seen through my strong passion and involvement in Kuaotunu Search and Rescue, and Land Search and Rescue New Zealand. This is transferred through to my love for our tamariki. Creating relationships based on trust, humour and aroha where each of our tamariki are just as important to me, as are their learnings, taking place in our kura, giving them a sense of belonging and knowledge they will always have someone cheering them on or who will be available when they need support.