Our People

Shelley Brunton, Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

I wasn’t aware that there was such a profession, having grown up in a very small town and not attending any early childhood settings myself.  However, my early experiences and choices laid the foundation for what has become my passion, ECE.  I’ve been working in this sector now for 23 years.

What do you love most about what you do?

The fun, the unpredictable, the emotion, the challenges, the joy, the business, the quiet times, the hugs, the creativity, the problem solving, the collaboration, the learning .

What are the three things that sets your centre apart?

  • Our families – A community that works together to give children the best
  • Our children – who are amazing
  • Our teachers – our most important resource

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre, and why?

Anytime when children can get outside and explore; jumping in puddles, getting wet, playing in mud and sand, walking, running, skipping, visiting local parks, hunting for bugs, screaming into the wind. 

We can learn the most amazing things when we just set out to have fun.

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Danna Reichenbach-Elms , Assistant Centre Manager/Team Leader Under 2s

Danna is a bit of a favourite of our parents and children. Parents who have had their babies with her continue their relationship with her right up until their children move off to school. She’s the perfect under 2s teacher and loves what she does. She’s the teacher who will ring you when your child takes their first steps and celebrate with you when they sleep through the night for the first time. Her manager role sees her leading the team and attending to general administration requirements. An interesting fact about Danna - she can’t cook!

Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood Education, Workplace First Aid Qualified

Regan Marsh, Team Leader Over 2’s

Regan is known as Whaea Regan in our centre. Regan is all about whānau/family and creating a place that both you and your children can feel at home in and part of.  Our Whaea Regan is a bit of a softy with a crazy sense of humour, she oozes aroha (love), manaakitanga (hospitality/kindness) and whanaungatanga (connection/relationships). Whaea Regan has stepped into the Team Leaders role in our Kauri Room while Melissa is on parental leave.

‘Whaea’ (fa-ee-ya) basic translation of this Māori word is ‘aunt’, but in the context of a learning environment Whaea can be interpreted as ‘teacher’ (female).

Diploma of Teaching – Early Childhood, Workplace First Aid Qualified