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

Christie

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered

"He pai te tirohanga ki ngā mahara mō ngā rā pahemo engari ka puta te māramatanga i runga i te titiro whakamua.

It’s fine to have recollections of the past, but wisdom comes from being able to prepare opportunities for the future".

I was born and raised in Sunny Nelson. I have been teaching in early childhood education for 9 years and I am currently doing a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Intervention Education through Massey University. This is providing me a deeper insight into a child’s developing brain and how we can support children in the first five years of life.

I am passionate about developing positive, reciprocal relationships and attachments with children and that the children are at the heart of all we do as teachers. I have an overwhelming passion for the development and learning of children and I take pride in watching your children grow and develop their own thoughts and feelings. I am a passionate mother and educator who believes in positive learning outcomes for all tamariki. I encourage and promote play as meaningful learning and enjoy to provide opportunities for children to learn and develop an understanding and respect of people, places and things.

Office Manager

Debbie

NZIM Certificate in Supervisory Management

I have had various administration & financial positions (voluntary and paid) over the years while raising our children, including working at NMIT in allowances, loans and enrolments I have been working for Campus Corner since 1999.

I play tennis for a local club and love reading books. My relaxing time is enjoying a wine on a sunny afternoon with friends

Infants and Toddlers Kaiako

Senior Teacher - Infants and Toddlers Area

CJ

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE).

Fully Registered.

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 teachers.

My passion lies with Infant and Toddlers, where I strive to develop respectful, responsive, reciprocal relationships with the children and their whanau. I believe relationships are at the heart of all we do as teachers, 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.

As Senior Teacher of the Infants and Toddler environment I am very proud to lead a team of teachers whom all strive to provide similar outcomes for children and their whanau. 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.

Teryl

Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered

My teaching journey began 17 years ago in my hometown of Christchurch, 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 now 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 value warm, reciprocal relationships to be a the heart of what we do, developing strong connections with the children and their families. I believe that children learn at their own pace and in their own time, with the appropriate love, support and guidance. Providing an environment that caters to the children’s individual needs/aspirations is therefore of paramount importance and at the forefront of what we do.


Carla

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered


Ursula

Second Year Student in Training - TeRitoMaioha

Alice

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered

I have been working in ECE for over 7 years. I am fully registered and completed my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) at Te Rito o Miaho in 2013. I am passionate about working with children and being a part of their learning journey. I believe it is fundamental to build a strong relationship with tamariki and their families so that both the child and their parents feel a sense of turangawaewae (belonging) in our environment.

I strive to provide and support meaningful experiences that encourage children to understand themselves and the world around them. The RIE philosophy is one of the key philosophies that leads my teaching practice.

Young Children's Kaiako

Senior Teacher - Young Children's Area

Julie

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered

Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu.

Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.

My teaching journey began in 2014 when I began my training with Te Rito Maioha here in Nelson. Through this I gained myself a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and have become a fully registered teacher, throughout my study and over the past few years I have worked in many centres across Nelson as well as recently having a small time spent living and working in Christchurch. I have spent most of my teaching career working with infants and toddlers and working in leadership positions striving to support, encourage and inspire best outcomes for our tamariki.

The heart of my teaching philosophy is teaching through a culture of kindness. To me this encompasses working together with parents, whanau and the community, through reciprocal and responsive relationships. Working together to achieve an environment which children trust, where they feel safe and nurtured, an environment which allows them to freely explore the world around them, making sense of the working theories and leading their own learning pathways with me here to support, foster, inspire and share in their learning. The wow moments I find in each and every day is when children achieve goals they have set for themselves or discover a new piece of learning, I enjoy celebrating in this success and sharing this success with our whanau no matter how big or small the achievement it is always a huge step on our learning pathway. I believe in a very holistic approach to learning and acknowledging that children and families bring with them so much knowledge of their own into the centre and including this into the centre culture in any ways possible.

I am also a very passionate leader; I enjoy working together with a team inspiring others to become the best version of themselves. I endeavour to create an environment in which children, teachers and whānau can enter and know they are going to receive the nurture and support required to generate a passion and love for ongoing learning.

Brooke

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered

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

Together we share in happiness, play and respect".

Kia ora, I'm Brooke and I have a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education that I achieved through TeRitoMaioha. I have been teaching for 3 years and those 3 years have been spent here at Campus Corner. My role is to work closely alongside the Tuakana Group in supporting them with transition into school and to liaison between your family/whanau and Campus Corner.

I am passionate about relationships and I enjoy getting to know each child and their whanau. I enjoy to follow the interests and learning of each individual child and provide fun resources, activities, excursions and events to provide the best quality teaching practice.

Michelle

Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered

"Poipoia te kakano kia puawai

Nurture the seed and it will blossom".

Kia ora I te whanau

I am very much a relationship based teacher, I'm passionate about building strong relationships with the children and whanau I work with. I believe this establishes a strong foundation to ensure children and their whanau feel secure in their sense of belonging at Campus Corner. I have two young children of my own who both spent their early years in early learning environments. I understand first hand how important it is to build a strong, respectful, reciprocal relationship with your children's caregivers to establish trust and effective communication to ensure quality continuity of care.

It is my aim to ensure you feel supported through every step of your child's transition. Although your child is still remaining at Campus Corner the environment and teachers are different and we understand this change and the uncertainty it can bring. I really look forward to meeting you and helping you and your whanau to settle in our Young Children's environment where we will continue to support your child along their learning journey.

Aleisha

Second Year Student in Training - TeRitoMaioha

During my high school years I decided I wanted to be in a career where I could work with tamariki. In 2018 I changed my career path and followed my heart and started a Bachelor in Teacher (ECE) in February 2019.

I believe in establishing a growing strong relationships with tamariki and their whanau, to give tamariki the best education experience that I can as a kaiako. I have a strong passion for active and physical play and can often be found in the outdoor environment. In my spare time I like spending time with my hua and whanau while also exploring what Aoteaoroa has to offer.

Julie

Part time Teacher and Permanent Relief Teacher

Campus Corner has held a special place in my heart since 2010 and it lies within a community that I have grown up in and value dearly. I believe each child has something unique to offer and with the opportunities we offer at Campus Corner they will flourish.

As a teacher I’m committed to establishing relationships with tamariki and whanau, with the value of respect playing an integral role in this developing. Helping Children to grow and learn to their potential , with great memories to treasure always.

Teacher Support

Leticia

Teacher support and Relief Teacher

Relief Teaching Team

Sarah

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Registered

My teaching journey began many moons ago, but for the last 19 years I have been at Campus Corner trying out many different roles. I really enjoy working with Infants and Toddlers and love watching as they develop, grow and discover over the years.

My desire is for all children and whanau to feel as if they belong in ‘”our home away from home” and that they are supported through their journey of discovery, of all that they are capable of. I love being able to work alongside such a dedicated team of passionate teachers who really love their jobs and strive to do the best for all children. We are so privileged, as teachers, to be able to join whanau and walk beside them on their journeys for a short while.

Leanne


Chloe

Studying toward a Post Graduate Diploma (ECE)