Our People

Monisha Harjee, Centre Manager

Kia ora Families

My name is Monisha and I am the Center Manager here at Active Explorers. My journey into the world of Early Childhood started 14 years ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey being with children and to be a contributing factor in shaping futures and building a strong base for so many tamariki, who I have facilitated in the past. I have always believed of the wonders this age group of children between the ages of 0-5yrs can do and as a Kaiako, this becomes our prime responsibility to be able to recognise those needs and respond to the learning in an appropriate manner.
Having my own children and watching them develop and grow in the same childcare as I would work, has been my main motivation behind being so passionate about this profession. We are a family of 4, which includes my Husband and our 2 beautiful boys.

I am passionate about influencing teachers to create warm and nurturing environment where the children and families can feel comfortable and confident. Ultimately, what drives this passion is my belief that every child deserves to feel safe, validated, and valued for everything that makes up who they are. I am honoured to belong to a team of professionals that ensure every child graduates from our premises with a collection of beautiful memories of their childhood; and the hopefulness that no matter what obstacles the future brings them, they can overcome because they have been steeped in all the aroha their community showered on them in the most critical years of their lives!

Jane Dawson, Centre Administrator

Hi I am Jane and I am the administrator at the centre. I have two adult children and a beautiful young granddaughter. I enjoy going to the movies with my daughter and also catching up with my family. 

Addy Collins, Centre Chef

Hi I am Addy and a mother of two girls and a childhood carer. I have always had a passion in helping nurture young minds. I combine my own love with food and cooking making sure all our children have delicious and nutritious food and meals  while they are here each day. I enjoy being active and playing sports especially tennis.  

Vicky , Head Teacher - Tui Room

Kia Ora, my name is Vicky. I am the head teacher of the preschool tui room.

A little about me, I was born in China and have moved to New Zealand since 2007. I am an NZ fully registered teacher with a bachelor degree from NZTC. I have been working in Early Childhood field for over 10 years. I think it is a gift to be part of this lovely team and to share the learning journey with our beautiful tamariki (children) and their whanau (family).

I am extremely passionate about Early childhood education. I just love watching the children explore the world around them, it is so amazing to see joy spark in their eyes as they discover something new. I believe all children should be respected and valued as socially and emotionally competent and confident learners.

Aroha nui - much love. 

Fabel , Teacher - Tui Room

Kiora, my name is Flabel. I was inspired to become a teacher since before I graduated from high school. I do love sharing ideas with other people. When I started working at Active Explorers. I really enjoy serving tamariki. I’ve been in Early Childhood since March 2020 but I am a teacher by profession for almost six years. I do love most whenever I see children are learning in the most special way. I am also passionate to share with them the beauty of the world through providing them with positive different explorations. The three things that the centre make special are:

  1. Positive working environment
  2. Make teachers become the centre of the development
  3. Good relationship to tamariki, whanau and kaiako


Positive encouragement with positive environment is the best learning we could start to share to the kids and I believe everything will follow smoothly

Sam, Teacher - Tui Room

Hello, Kia Ora my name is Sam and I am studying with New Zealand Tertiary College for the last three years doing my bachelor’s of teaching in early childhood and I’m in my last year. 

A bit about me I moved to Auckland, ten years ago from Timaru, in the South Island I got a job at Spotlight and worked there for 5 years, and four years ago, I changed careers and got a job at Lollipops in the city now I work at Active Explorers Glenfield in Auckland for about two and a half years. I have always been doing babysitting and I love working with children.

I am a very crafty person and love doing sewing and scrapbooking.

I am a very passionate, reliable, and fun person and I love to work with children and respect all different cultures and values.

Kylie, Teacher - Tui Room

My name is Kylie. I have worked in early childhood education for the last 23 years, 20 years as a qualified teacher. I trained with the New Zealand Childcare association graduating in the year 2001.

I really enjoy working with the Pre School children as I love to watch them learn. I also love developing close relationships with the children, families and other team members I work with. I believe it is important for teachers to develop strong trusting relationships with each other and this is the foundation of my personal teaching philosophy. I also believe that children learn the most when they are happy and supported. I feel that the curriculum should be tailored to the children’s unique interests in order for it to have a maximum benefit to them.

I love working at Active Explorers because of the wonderful team dynamic we have. And of course, I adore all the children and families. I also love the lay out of both the Pre School room and the outside area. I feel it’s large enough for the children to have lots of space to play but not too big that it feels like a safety risk with such a large area to supervise.

My favourite time of the year at our centre is Christmas time. It’s so wonderful to see all the joy and anticipation on the children’s faces as we complete our Christmas activities and of course it is wonderful to have a big get together with our parents and extended families.

Lorena, Head Teacher - Fantail Room

Whakapapa Mihi

Ko Ngapuariki te waka

Ko Ngati te paki te iwi

Ko Pu te Maunga

Ko Vaimaru te awa

Ko Aitutaki te pae pae

Ko Teau Manapori toku Mama

Ko Roy Budden toku Papa

Ko Lorena Uili ahau.

Tena koutou Tena koutou Tena Koutou katoa.


Kia ora my name is Lorena Uili.

I am the Head teacher of the Fantail room and absolutely love teaching this age group. I have been in the teaching industry for 10 years and have worked in mainstream centres, Te reo Maori , Cook Island and also Samoan Early Learning nests during my 10 years of teaching.

Working for Active Explorers Glenfield is a wonderful experience and I really enjoy the sense of community within our centre. My passion for teaching gives me a lot of joy and satisfaction. Supporting families and children sense of belonging is at the heart of my practice. The rewards I see when children grow into confident learners is my aspiration for our beautiful centre. More importantly having strong relationships with our families creates an environment that feels warm just like a home away from home for our children and parents . 

Liang Ren, Teacher - Fantail Room

My name is Liang Ren, you can also call me Lynn.  I had been teaching college students in China for seven years before I came to New Zealand, however, I enjoyed so much of the time I spent with my two sons in playcenter, which inspired me to be a early childhood teacher. Working with young children and watching them grow make me feel happy and grateful. I believe every child is special and can develop with one's own rhythm, its only oneself to compare and compete with, while caring teachers can also play an important role in guiding and assisting them to thrive to the fullest. In Active explorers glenfield, I will try my best to help all the children in my care to form genuine friendship with their peers and teachers, create a sense of belonging in our lovely community, and most import of all,  motivate them to explore the world freely and joyfully.

Mariette, Teacher - Fantail Room

Kia ora Whanau

I wanted to be a part of young children's learning journeys and making all children feel included. I have worked as a qualified ECE teacher for eleven years including two years teaching in Australia. I enjoy working with all age groups and watching them develop into confident learners and building strong relationships with their teachers and friends. My favourite time of year is spring and summer. It's a wonderful time for new growth and the beginning of lots of outdoor fun.

Jessie, Head Teacher - Kiwi Room

Kia ora koutou, Hi, 안녕하세요 (Annyong hase yo) Glenfield Active Explorers parents and whanau! My name is Jessie. I come from South Korea and came to New Zealand when I was 14 years old. I studied Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. I believe that each child is an individual as every child is unique with different interests, backgrounds, and developmental stages.

I am the head teacher in Kiwi room and enjoy working along with the infants and watch them grow and explore.

Tracey, Teacher - Kiwi Room

My name is Tracey I have been working with children for several years and i have been lucky enough to work with all age groups throughout the centre, I am currently working with the Infants and i absolutely love it.

As an early childhood educator i have developed many great relationships with parents/whanau and the children  and i am looking forward to developing more. I am also a mum of two teenage daughters so most of my spare time is spent with them and extended family  going to the movies, beach and nice places to eat.