Our People

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Mel Pierce, Centre Manager

Kia ora my name is Mel and I’m the Centre Manager here at Active Explorers Kaiapoi. I am passionate about Early childhood Education and strive to ensure the children, team and whanau are happy and supported with a sense of wellbeing and belonging. I have an open door policy at all times, and look forward to getting to know you and your whānau. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and dogs.

Sarah, Administrator

Kia ora, you will meet me welcoming our families and friends through our doors each morning. My role is the Centre Administrator, supporting our Centre Manger Mel and our wonderful teachers. I believe in the best quality care comes from great teachers, teamwork, and a safe environment; rich in experiences to support your child’s early education.


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Michelle, Explorers - Team Leader

Kia Ora my name is Michelle I am a fully registered ECE teacher with a Diploma of teaching. I am the team leader of the Explorers class. I have worked in Early childhood for over 20 years. Recently I have found a new found passion working with the nursery children 0-2 years. I am passionate about primary caregiving, and live locally here in Kaiapoi with my husband James and two children Connor and Kaitlyn. I am excited to be part of your child’s learning journey.


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Lisa, Adventurers - Teacher

Kia Ora I’m Lisa I am married to Brendan and have two children Jemma and Ethan. As a family we like to venture out locally having a picnic or bbq lunch, a walk or Kayak. I am originally from Hawkes Bay and grew up in Wairoa. I moved to Christchurch in 1998 to study Early Childhood Education graduating with my diploma in 2000. I enjoy working with all ages of tamariki and look forward to getting to know you and your family.


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Haley, Support Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Haley, I have my level 5 Early Childhood certificate and have been in the industry for over 7 years.  I am very passionate about the      future generation, outdoor and pole fitness. You will find me across all areas of the Centre from in the    classroom amongst the play to in the kitchen cooking for the tamariki.


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Sarah, 2IC Discovers - Teacher

Tena koutou katoa  my name is Sarah and I’m the Team leader in the Adventurers room and have a degree in Early Childhood Education. My passion is supporting all learners to strive as they engage in fun filled experiences. I believe community and whānau support are important for the underlying learning of tamariki.Outside of pre-school I love spending time with my family and friends especially my wee girls Amelia and Sophia. 


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Brittany, Explorers- Teacher

Hi I’m Brittany and a teacher in the Adventurers room where I have found my belonging teaching 2-3yr olds. I am in my third year of my  bachelor in ECE and am so  passionate about the industry. I love to be with my     family outside of Active Explorers including my wee boy  Carter and daughter Kiera who are my world and the reason why I’m a teacher today.


Sophia, Adventurers - Teacher

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My name is Sophia, I am a qualified Early childhood   educator. My interest and love for young children has encouraged me to pursue a career as an Early Childhood Teacher in New Zealand. I enjoy planning and              implementing learning experiences, I believe each child is a special individual  who brings something unique. Therefore as a teacher I have this wonderful opportunity to support the children to reach their full potential.


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Bonnie , Adventurerers - Team Leader

Hello, my name is Bonnie. 

I am very excited to begin my next journey and adventure at Active Explorers- Kaiapoi and make some great memories at this centre.  

I completed my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) degree in 2012 and have been teaching ever since.


I value meaningful relationships with whanau, children and staff. I am passionate about children taking responsibility and leadership within their plat/ learning and allowing them the opportunity to make their own choices, while I support them in their growth and development.

I believe independence is an important aspect and I encourage and support children’s independence.  I find teaching rewarding and I enjoy watching children grow and develop along with their own unique personalities. 

In my spare time, I enjoy road trips, camping, adventures, art and craft, shopping, and spending time with my friends, family and my two fur babies named Toysan and Nisota. 

I look forward to meeting you and your whanau. 


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Julia, Discoverers - Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Julia. I joined the amazing teaching team here at Active Explorers in 2019 I received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2012. As a teacher my passion is supporting children's interests and helping them recognise their own strengths. I love being involved in the children's learning and I look forward to seeing them develop and grow throughout their time with us.


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Catherine, Support Teacher

Hi my name is Catherine I teach in the Discoverers' class. I came here from England with my family. I have two beautiful children Josie and Freddy. Having studied a foundation degree in musical this led me to starting my career in Early childhood as my passion. This is such a rewarding career as I am lucky enough to be a part of the children achieving important milestones in their life.