Meet the team

Our Kaiako

We are committed to employing staff with recognised Early Childhood Education qualifications or those in training towards such qualifications.

All of our Kaiako have up to date First Aid Certificates

All those working within our Centre meet the safety check requirements specified in the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014.

"Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work".

Head Teacher

CJ

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE).

Fully Certified

My Early Childhood journey began back in 2000 when I started my training at the NZ College of Early Childhood in Christchurch. Moving to Nelson in 2007 I joined the teaching team here at Campus Corner and quickly became very proud to be part of such a dedicated group of kaiako.

Through my daily practice I strive to develop respectful, responsive, reciprocal relationships with the children and their whānau. I believe relationships are at the heart of all we do as kaiako, and it brings me joy to see these flourish within our environment. I feel it is of upmost importance to provide an environment that is welcoming to all and a place where children can feel as though they are at their home away from home, allowing them to explore and develop at their own pace.

I am very proud to lead a team of kaiako whom all strive to provide similar outcomes for children and their whānau. It is an absolute pleasure to work alongside each and every family here at Campus Corner as their children progress through their individual learning journey.

Office Manager

Debbie

NZIM Certificate in Supervisory Management

I have had various administration and financial roles within the education sector (voluntary and paid), including the position of Treasurer at a local Kindergarten and School, and working at NMIT in allowances, loans and enrolments.

Infants and Toddlers Kaiako


Ursula

Third Year Student in Training - TeRitoMaioha

"He Taonga te mokopuna, kia whangaia, kia tipu, kia rea

A child is a treasure to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish"

I am currently in my third year of studying a Bachelor of Teaching in ECE at Te Rito Maioha. I have been a student teacher here at Campus Corner since 2018.

I grew up in Nelson and I have two wonderful children of my own. I enjoy spending time with my kids, friends and family, being outdoors, going for walks, visiting the beautiful beaches and being among nature whenever I get the chance.

I really enjoy creating positive meaningful relationships with tamariki and their whānau. Relationships are the foundation of children’s learning and I value respectful reciprocal relationships in an unrushed caring and nurturing environment.

I feel very lucky to be a part of the Campus Corner team where I get to work and learn alongside such amazing teacher’s , tamariki and whānua doing what I love.

Melissa

Diploma of Teaching ECE

I was fortunate to be born in Whakatu/Nelson and my family has inhabited the Nelson and Golden Bay areas for many generations.

I studied Early Childhood Education in Otautahi/Christchurch and have worked as a teacher in Christchurch, Townsville Queensland, and in Nelson.

I have had two children and spent time in other industries before deciding to return to teaching because it is a privilege to share such an important time full of growth and change with tamariki and their families.

Many years ago, I was a kaiako at Campus Corner and it feels like returning home to work here again.

I delight in seeing evidence of wonder and interest in the children I teach and aim to share the learning with whanau and offer support and extension to further develop the skills and experiences of the children.

A vital part of Early Childhood Education is relationships. Children are learning strategies for getting to know and work alongside and with each other, and kaiako and families are doing the same! This partnership between teachers and caregivers is key to ensuring a day of care and learning for children.

"Poipoia te kakano kia puawai.

Nurture the seed and it will bloom"

Emily

Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching ECE

Provisionally Certified

My background is originally in the arts and primary teaching, but after getting a taste of early childhood teaching, I decided it was where I wanted to be. I am passionate about building relationships with the children I work with and fostering their interests and individuality as they build their sense of mana whenua or belonging.

I believe mana whenua is core to building children’s confidence and self-empowerment, a main building block to their further learning and development.

My interests and skills that I bring to my practise, such as ceramics, horticulture and sculpture I hope to share with tamariki and encourage their curiosity. I value the reciprocal relationships of tuakana teina. Where children and staff are both learners and teachers. As a beginning teacher I look forward to my journey in teaching but also learning from the tamariki, their whānau and other kaiako at Campus Corner.

‘Whakataukī: Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourouka ora ai te iwi’

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

(Kia eke panuku. 2016)

Sarah

Bachelor of Teaching ECE

Fully Certified

Kia ora koutou, ko Sarah tōku ingoa,

Being a mother of four wonderfully wild tamariki was where my Early Childhood Education journey began. I was employed as a teacher aide at their kindergarten in 2017, and began my degree through Te Rito Maioha in 2018, completing my studies in 2020.

During this time my whānau and I made the move to rural Marlborough to continue our wild ways with more space, and opportunities to live an increasingly sustainable lifestyle.

I strongly believe in tamariki and their capabilities, seeing my role as one to warmly encourage and guide them respectfully along the way as they teach me about who they are. My teaching philosophy is based on allowing tamariki time and space, respecting their ability to make their own unique contribution as a valued member of their place of learning. Every tamaiti is a precious taonga, and I value relationships with tamariki, whānau and my fellow kaiako as the most important part of creating positive outcomes for all learners.

'Ta te tamariki tana mahi wawahi tahā'

It is the job of the children to smash the calabash


Young Children's Kaiako

Teryl

Senior Teacher

Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Certified

Kia ora koutou, ko Teryl toku ingoa

My teaching journey began in my hometown of Ōtautahi (Christchurch) in 2001, where I studied towards my Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I graduated with Honours in 2004 and continued my teaching journey as a qualified and registered teacher, working with toddlers and young children. I made the move to sunny Nelson in 2013 and joined the teaching team here at Campus Corner. I soon discovered that Campus Corner was a good fit with my personal teaching philosophy, working alongside such a dedicated team of kaiako that value the provision of high quality care, education and outcomes for the tamariki within our local community along with creating a strong culture of kindness, reciprocity and respect.

I value warm, reciprocal relationships to be at the heart of what we do, developing strong connections with the tamariki and their whānau. I believe that children learn at their own pace and in their own time, with the appropriate care, support and guidance. Providing an environment that caters to the individual needs and aspirations is therefore of paramount importance and at the forefront of what I do. In more recent years I have enjoyed spending time with the infants and toddlers where I have further developed my knowledge around the importance of primary care and the ways in which we can support the tamariki to develop and flourish with the continued support of their primary carer and buddy teachers.


I am enjoying stretching my skills and knowledge - stepping into a senior teaching role where I am able to further support the team, as we promote positive outcomes for the children and their whānau.

Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina

Take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality

Ngā mihi, Teryl

Brooke

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Certified

"Ka uru tahi tatou ki te hari, te takaro me te whakaute

Together we share in happiness, play and respect".


Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher. I first started teaching my teddy bears when I was 4 and now I have fulfilled my dream of becoming a qualified early childhood teacher.

My teaching passion is promoting inclusive practice, as I strive to make each child and their whanau feel welcomed . I am also passionate about children enjoying and engaging in physical active play where they can take some risks and try something new.

I enjoy challenging children and I love seeing the look on their faces when they have mastered something they haven't done before.

Chloe

Post Graduate Diploma (ECE)

Provisionally Certified

Kia ora,

My teaching journey began in May 2020 when I decided to switch careers after the birth of my little boy.

I am working towards a Graduate Diploma in Teaching Early Childhood Education to become fully qualified in New Zealand and gain full registration.

I thoroughly enjoy my time at Campus Corner and love seeing the awe and wonder of the children around me. I am passionate about working with children and helping to develop and grow young minds and supporting them to discover and follow their interests.

Relationships are at the heart of everything I do, as a teacher. I see the child-teacher relationship as reciprocal, and we can learn just as much from our children as they learn from us. I believe building responsive, reciprocal relationships with the children, their families and our fellow Kaiako is vital to create a warm, caring, environment for children. I believe responsive, and reciprocal relationships are an essential part of quality early childhood education.

I believe each child is at the center of their own learning. I see my role as being a supporter, being present with the child, following the child’s interests when creating learning experiences for them.


I believe children deserve to learn in a nurturing and stimulating environment that considers their interests.

Leanne

Studying toward a Post Graduate Diploma (ECE)

Kia ora Koutou

My passion for teaching began during my Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in the UK in 2009. I found my own sense of belonging within the sector and hoped to build a career in this area.

Life had other plans and after completing this degree, I decided to travel. I arrived in beautiful Aotearoa in 2014 and fell head over heels for the people, the whenua and the culture.

I have recently undertaken a Graduate diploma in ECE through Te Rito Maioha to become fully qualified in New Zealand and gain full registration.

Tamariki are our future, it is important to me that we foster and encourage their abilities and interests and celebrate their successes throughout their learning journey. Connecting with children and their whanau by building whanaungatanga (reciprocal relationships) to support their time with us at the Centre is at the heart of my teaching philosophy.


Dominique

Studying toward a Post Graduate Diploma (ECE) starting in 2022

Kia ora koutou,

Kō Dominique tōku ingoa

Nō Āwherika ki te Tonga ōku tīpuna

Kei te noho au ki Whākatu

My name is Dominique

My ancestors are from South Africa

I live in Nelson.


For the last 5 years I have been working in aquaculture research and development. I have always had a passion for the ocean and all the beautiful life contained within it. This passion coupled with my desire to protect its resources for our future generations is what led me to study biological science and pursue a career in aquaculture research.

I also grew up with a second passion, for early childhood education. This passion was sparked at quite a young age when my brother who is 11 years younger than me was born. Through home schooling I was afforded the opportunity to be actively involved in caring for him and helping him realise his potential as a competent and confident learner in those crucial early years. I also completed volunteer work in multiple different ECE settings throughout my high school years. This brought me great joy and stirred a lifelong passion for working with young tamariki within me. So over the last couple of months, I finally took the first steps towards making a career change to early childhood education, something that I had been wanting to do for some time now. I am very excited to start my journey towards becoming a certified kaiako through doing a Post Graduate Diploma. I feel that through a career in early childhood education I will be able to combine my two passions in life by fostering a love for the natural environment within young learners.

Ngā mihi

Dominique


Teacher Support

Leticia

Teacher Support and Relief Teacher

I trained and worked as a Nanny for seven years while living in Wellington before returning to my home town Nelson.

Relief Teaching Team