Our People

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Theresa Stebbing, Centre Manager

My name is Theresa Stebbing I live in Whitby with my 2 teenage boys and husband.  We have a cat, bunny and a dog which keep us all very busy, along with weekend sports!  

I grew up in Christchurch and moved to Wellington when I was 22  to complete my Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I graduated in 2005 so I have lots of experience and knowledge to share as a Centre Manager.  I have a great passion for children of all ages but in particular, I have lots of experience and knowledge in babies and toddlers.  I adore the community of Porirua and have lived here for the past 10 years, the beach, of course, is a favourite place that's probably why I love it so much! Pop into Active Explorers Mana and say hello, our location is just fabulous!  

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Maryjane Winiata, Teacher- Registered and Qualified

Kia ora koutou

Ko Maryjane Winiata ahau
I am a qualified teacher and have over 12 years experience in early childhood education.
I am a mother of three children and live in Plimmerton.

I can speak Te Reo Maori and have knowledge in tikanga and Te Ao Maori.
I have a graduate certificate in applied arts and practice the art of Maori weaving.
Early childhood is all about having fun and learning through play!

I look forward to getting to know the whanau and tamariki here at Mana Active Explorers.

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Sonia Baran, Teacher in training - 3rd year

Hi my name is Sonia Baran, I am from Fiji from the sugar city (Lautoka). I came to New Zealand in 1995 and lived in Newlands area my whole life. I have two handsome nephews who I am really attached to. I am currently studying towards my Bachelor of Teaching ECE and this is my third year.

I am looking forward to meeting your beautiful children at the centre and getting to know them.

Vinaka Vakalevu

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Tafaoga Fauolo, Registered and qualified Teacher

Talofa Lava My name is Tafaoga Fauolo, I was born in Samoa but most of my life has been spent in New Zealand.  I have been blessed with three children and three lovely grandchildren. 

 

I have been teaching for over 30 years around and this is my passion, working with Children, watching them flourish while they are having fun through learning. 

I love meeting new people young and old, my hobbies include volleyball, walking and signing. 

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Hayley Hughes , Teacher - Registered and Qualified

Hi my name is Hayley I have been Teaching since 2011 and hold a Batchelor degree in Teaching (Early Childhood).  I live locally in Camborne and have lived in and around Whitby most of my life. 

 

I enjoy photography, cooking, arts and crafts and spending time with my niece and nephew. 

I am really passionate about children of all ages and enjoy setting up challenging activities to stimulate little minds.

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Breada O’keefe , Cook
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Rebecca,

Talofa, my name is Rebecca I really enjoy working with children of all ages. 

I have worked with children 0-5 in Early childhood for the past six years and proior to that I worked with 5-15year olds in the after school programme OSCAR, where I gained a certificate.  I am a certified nanny and I would love to operate my own home based service one day. 

I enjoy music and books which I share with Tamariki on a daily basis.  In my spare time I sing in a gospel choir. 

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