Our People

Mel Pierce, Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

Initially I started relieving part-time, and from the first day I fell in love with teaching. The children are what inspired me to become an early childhood teacher. I enjoyed spending time alongside them and knew that I had found my calling. I am creative, have a passion for sustainability, gardening, arts and crafts. I enjoy being able to spend time alongside the tamariki and bring these elements to my teaching practice.

What do you love most about what you do?

I enjoy being part of a team and a teaching whanau, I am passionate about leadership and aspire to support and mentor the team in a collaborative way so that they can continue to grow as educators and achieve the best teaching practice and outcomes for all children. I value the importance engaging in positive, professional  reciprocal relationships with tamariki, parents, whanau and the wider community.

What three things really set your centre apart?

  • The surroundings - the environment is spacious on a reserve with nature all around.
  • The team – we’re dedicated to ensuring the best possible care and learning for all tamariki.
  • The commitment to being a part of our local community.

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

Summer time! There’s Christmas time to celebrate and everybody is excited with this festive time of year. Then there’s the New Year where we can reflect on the previous year and continue to strive, and of course the sunny days spent outside where the children and team have a blast together especially with water play.

What are some of the things parents should consider when choosing an early childhood centre for their child?

Firstly, I believe it’s a feeling, a feeling of belonging knowing that the centre and team are the right fit for your family. The collaboration, knowing that you are very much a big part of the centre and that your contribution is always appreciated. The atmosphere is fun, and the children and teachers are engaged and happy.

Qualifications: Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Amanda Calvert, Assistant Manager/Team Leader, Discoveries Room

Kia ora,
My name is Amanda. I am team leader in the Discoveries room and assistant manager. I have been teaching children in ECE  for over ten years. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy supporting children through their learning journey. I pride myself on having fantastic relationships with all parents and whanau. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies and spending time with family.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Sarah Flint, Team Leader, Adventurers Room

Tena koutou katoa,
My name is Sarah. I am team leader in the Adventurers room. My passion is supporting all learners to strive as they engage in fun filled experiences. I believe community and whanau support are significant to the underlining learning of tamariki. I enjoy building relationships with all tamariki and their families.  I love spending time with my family and friends especially my wee girl Amelia aged 2.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education