Shona Shields, Centre Manager
What was your motivation for pursuing a career in early childhood?
I wanted to provide care and education for children in a group environment, while working with families in supporting their children in learning lifelong skills.
What brings you the greatest joy?
I’ve worked in this sector for 26 years and I’m still passionate about it! I love to work with children of all ages and cultures, I love that children amaze, inspire, teach me and put a smile on my face, with their wonderful ways of thinking and viewing of the world around them.
What’s your all-time favourite time of year at Active Explorers Masterton?
January - as the children are coming back from their family holidays, all excited to share the special adventures they’ve had with family and friends, the sun is out, there’s lots of water play, and the sound laughter flows through the centre.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education ECE
Kathryn Gray, Assistant Centre Manager
Tena Koutou parents and whānau, I am the team leader of room one and two. I completed my Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2009 through Te Tari Puna here in Masterton, although my teaching career began in 2004. I also have my full Teacher Registration.
I have a strong passion for creating relationships with parents and whānau to support the learning interests of the children and love supporting children’s natural ability to explore their environment developing a sense of belonging and self-worth.
Diploma of Teaching ECE