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 (Acting)

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 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.

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


Carla

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Certified



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)

Young Children's Kaiako

Teryl

Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Certified

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 certified) 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.

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.

Michelle

Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Certified

"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

Third Year Student in Training - TeRitoMaioha

Kia ora e te whānau,

My name is Aleisha and I am a third year bachelor of teaching ECE student. My journey at Campus Corner started two years ago when I first began my studies in 2019.

“He oranga ngākau, He pikinga waiora.

Positive feelings in your heart will raise your sense of self-worth”

My teaching philosophy stems from establishing and nurturing positive relationships with tamariki and their whānau to ensure they feel a sense of belonging within the Centre. My role at Campus Corner is to work closely with the teina group (two to three and a half year olds) in support from moving down from the infant and toddler area.

Although I am still on my own journey as a beginning kaiako I believe I am very much a relationship based kaiako who strives to maintain strong relationships during their time at Campus Corner.

I enjoy spending quality time with the tamariki, getting to know where their interests lie while providing quality care.

Chloe

Studying toward a Post Graduate Diploma (ECE)

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.


Teacher Support

Leticia

Teacher Support and Relief Teacher


Relief Teaching Team

Sarah

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Fully Certified

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

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.