Mountainside Educare
Early Childhood Centre

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Teachers / Kaiako


Centre Manager / Lead Kaiako

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, Wanaka 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, meaningful relationships with the children and their whanau, established through honest and respectful relationships.

I started at Mountainside when it opened in February 2016.


Assistant Lead Kaiako 

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.

I started at Mountainside when it opened in February 2016 



B Teaching (Primary), B Arts 

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 Educare in July 2016.



B Ed (ECE)

I completed a Bachelor of Education (ECE) in 2008 and began my teaching careeer in Wanaka.  I embarked on my OE and taught overseas, before returning home to teach at Riverside Educare before Mountainside opened.  

Its great to be back home where I grew up on our family farm,  I love the outdoors and have a passion for creativity with the children.  I believe in strong relationships with children and their whanau.

I started at Mountainside when it opened in February 2016



B Ed (0-8years)

I have recently moved up to Wanaka, from Dunedin. I have a Bachelor of Education and graduated many years ago. I have worked in many Daycares and Kindergartens during my time as a teacher. My most recent teaching experience was spending 3 months earlier this year teaching in a Summer School in Turkey.

The moment I walked into Mountainside I knew this is where I wanted to work. The teachers, children and whānau are what makes this place so special.

I started at Mountainside in November 2018


Office Administrator

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 Educare and enjoy the balance of being a working Mum.

I started at Mountainside when it opened in February 2016.