Centre Manager / Head Teacher
B Ed (ECE)
I completed a Bachelor of Education (ECE) in 2006, and taught in Dunedin for a few years. After a break overseas I came back to Lake Hawea in 2010 and enjoyed working in ECE in Wanaka for 6 years until Mountainside Educare opened in February 2016.
Throughout my 10 (plus) years teaching in ECE, I have worked with all ages; infants, toddlers and preschoolers. I believe in rich and meaningful relationships with the children and their whanau, established through honest, respectful relationships.
B Ed (ECE)
I have had the privilege of growing up in this wonderful town we live in out on a farm in Mt Barker. I graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Education (ECE) in 2009. Since graduating I have had experience in a range of early childhood settings locally and also overseas.
I have a strong passion for children. I enjoy being able to work alongside children and their families as they develop as learners. I believe having strong relationships with a child helps them to feel comfortable as a person and a learner, to have the confidence to gain an understanding of the world they live in.
Grad Dip (ECE), B Arts
I moved down to Wanaka, from Auckland, at the end of 2015 and was lucky enough to get a job with the Mountainside team.
I originally graduated in Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Event Management. As I have always wanted to work with children I then went on to complete my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2015.
I worked at Kindercare in Auckland for a couple of years, before deciding to move down here with my partner.
I love working as an Early Childhood teacher and am proud to be apart of the children's development and growth.
B Teaching (Primary),
Originally from the North Island, on finishing school I moved to Dunedin to complete my degrees at the University of Otago. In 2009 I moved to Wanaka, where I have lived on and off ever since. I have over 5 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education in New Zealand plus 2 years teaching in Scotland.
I love working with children and I have a special interest in active movement and outdoor education.
I started at Mountainside in July 2016.
B Ed (ECE - Primary Year 3)
I feel very fortunate for being able to work back in Wanaka and at such a special Centre. My family moved here when I was 12 and after completing my Bachelor of Education Degree in 2007 at Otago, I came back to Wanaka to start my ECE career. After two years I moved to Nelson where I continued my passion working in Early Childhood.
My husband and I have now settled back in Wanaka, with our gorgeous girl named Harper who loves coming to Mountainside Educare with me.
I enjoy creating art, cooking, and gardening and love sharing these interests with children. I believe in building strong relationships with children and I am passionate about helping children find ways to express themselves as they continue their journey to become confident learners.
I began at Mountainside Educare in August 2017.
I am originally from Quebec in Canada. After completing my certificate in travel and tourism I become an Au Pair and travelled all around Canada, Europe and Australia.
I came to New Zealand in 2008, married a kiwi and have 2 wonderful sons. I love Wanaka and wouldn’t change a thing in my life!
I love the flexibility of working at Mountainside and enjoy the balance of being a working Mum.