Our Team

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Nikki – Owner Director

Hi I’m Nikki, the proud owner and hands on operator here at Kidstown. You will see me around the Centre assisting the staff on a daily basis.

20 years in the workforce has seen me move from early teaching roles to programme management and business development roles. I hold a BSc and PhD in applied science and a graduate Diploma in Education from Auckland University. I have 4 wonderful children, who have finished their education and ventured off to experience life overseas.

I believe early education plays an important role in preparing young children for the first vital years of school. That by encouraging children to get involved, explore their world, persist with challenges and communicate clearly with others. they develop a belief in themselves, a love of learning and the courage needed to take the next steps forward.



Sam – Centre Manager

Kia Ora, I’m Sam and am thrilled to be part of the Kidstown team!

I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Auckland and am a fully registered teacher. I have been teaching since 2010 with all aged children, although my passion is working with two to three year olds. I have had three years experience as a team leader.

I love working with children and see it as our responsibility to continue the learning, which has already begun at home, throughout their time at the centre and to help prepare children for school and life long learning. I see play as the vehicle for children’s learning and love creating a fun environment where children can feel safe to try new things and learn with others. I value encouraging children’s self esteem and confidence as these create the foundation for children’s higher learning.

I’m recently married and enjoy spending time with my husband and family as well as exploring Auckland restaurants with friends. I look forward to getting to know all the families and already feel so welcome by the children and teachers!


Keshia – Head Teacher Over 2

Kia ora

Ko Keshia taku ingoa

No Whangarei ahau

I grew up with my family in Whangarei; where being outdoors, playing sport, cooking, baking, and visiting the amazing local beaches was common place. I am a passionate, bubbly teacher, who strongly believes that forging close relationships with children, their whanau and the community are integral to providing the best foundation to allow children to reach their potential.  This links to Kidstown’s philosophy of children’s individuality being nurtured and their ambitions and achievements celebrated. By forging strong relationships, children are best catered for by teachers providing a holistic programme that best fits their needs.

I completed my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) through Te Rito Maioha (New Zealand Childcare Association) and this has instilled a huge respect and love of Maori culture and it’s language. This is something that I believe I can bring to the team to enhance the amazing programme that runs here. I look forward to meeting you all and providing the best environment for your child to reach their potential.


Sarah – Head Teacher Under 2

Hello, I’m Sarah. I’ve been teaching young children since 2007. After a few years of relieving at different centres I decided to study Early Childhood at AUT specialising in Montessori. I worked at Kidstown for many years while studying, and after qualifying in 2012 I continued at Kidstown full time. Three years ago I left to have my beautiful son and I’ve now returned. It’s so nice to come back to a place that feels so homely.

I feel I’m very approachable and friendly and I’ve always been a very nurturing teacher. I believe children achieve more when they feel safe and secure with their surroundings. I love working with children as every day is different from the last and I enjoy the creative freedom that we have here at Kidstown.

In my spare time I enjoy crafts and DIY’s and spending time with my son, and any little adventure we feel like going on. I love being a mother and my teaching style has developed and changed so much from my own life lessons as a parent.


Tracy

Kia ora, my name is Tracy Mathieson.

I completed my Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 2008 and I ‘ve worked in a primary school for the past 8 years mostly teaching year 2’s. I have also been heavily involved in catering for the Special Education Needs at my previous school. I had the pleasure of teaching in London in 2013.

I pride myself on being an approachable, kind and respectful person. I strongly believe in the importance of fostering positive and strong relationships with children, family and whanau in order for children to reach their full potential. I want to support the philosophy of Kidstown by nurturing children’s emotional well-being and supporting fun and stimulating play.

In 2016 I was very fortunate to have become a mother myself and my daughter Maia also attends Kidstown. I’m originally from the South Island but have lived in Auckland for a long time. I have a passion for children’s literature and drama. I love animals and cooking.

I am enjoying the change to Early Childhood Care. I look forward to meeting you all and growing with your children.


Shani

Kia ora, I am from Sri Lanka, a beautiful little island in the Indian Ocean.  I have three handsome sons and one beautiful little grandson.  Being a mother of three I have experienced how different and unique each of my children are and how important it is to respond and support each child according to their individual development levels in their learning journey.  I believe in building responsive and respectful relationships with children as they learn best when they experience warm, caring and responsive adults.

I love working with children and am passionate about providing a safe and rich environment where their curiosity and adventurous nature for learning and making meaning to their world is nurtured and fostered.

I value children’s play through which they learn and develop new aspects about their world and believe in providing them the space for uninterrupted play in individual and group activities. Parents and whanau know their tamariki best so I strongly believe in working in partnership with parents and whanau and value the contribution parents bring to the centre. I look forward to part of your child’s learning journey.

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Chamini

Hi, I am from Sri Lanka and have been living in New Zealand for 2 years now and working at Kidstown for one year. I came to New Zealand as a student to study Early Childhood Education. I have a level 5 qualification in Early childhood Education from New Zealand Tertiary College.

I love my job and enjoy spending quality time with the children by providing the needed support in their learning and development. Teaching is my passion and I’m really interested in early childhood education. I was a registered piano music teacher in Sri Lanka and have five years experience in music teaching. I speak both Sinhala and English fluently.

I believe that the education given to the children in the early years is the main foundation for them to guide their life. Therefore a high quality early childhood education is important for their development. I am very fortunate to support children in their education and development in an environment full of love, nurture and affection.


Sam

Kia ora, I’m Sam. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at Wintec in Hamilton. I love to spend time with my large family of eight siblings and go on adventures to practice my photography skills with my DSLR camera.

I’m a person who is positive in attitude, full of energy and new ideas, with a love of viewing things at different angles. I love to get the children excited about learning and I love creating a fun environment with so many things they can explore and discover every day. This comes from my passion for the environment as the third teacher, and for beautiful protected spaces that promote so much thought and creativity.

I greatly believe in reciprocal relationships between the centre, the community and with whānau. Alongside an environment in which children thrive, I believe relationships are the most important attributes towards creating a place where children know they belong


Tajinder (Sona)

‘SAT SRI AKAAL’,

‘KIA ORA’, my name is Tajinder Kaur (Sona). I’ve had more than 5 years in the teaching profession since completing my Bachelor of Education at Delhi University. At the beginning of 2015, I moved to Auckland and have since completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from New Zealand Tertiary College.

I’m passionate about working with tamariki and love watching them grow to their full potential in every area of their learning. Early childhood education offers a variety of activities and a wealth of experiences which together help influence the developmental changes in children before the formal schooling.  I believe it’s  important for teachers and whanau/families to work in collaboration, to provide children with a stimulating environment to explore, to grow their imagination and capabilities and to encourage them to learn on their own through positive and negative results.

I’m married and have a beautiful daughter, who is also a part of Kidstown. Apart from teaching I love spending time with my family and friends.


Heshala

Hi, I’m Heshala Seneviratne and I’m from Sri Lanka. I moved to Auckland with my family for my husband’s higher education. I am a proud mother to my four year old son, who means the world to me and who keeps me on my toes.  I was a practicing lawyer in Sri Lanka but have now changed my profession to early childhood. The change took place when I received an exciting job opportunity as a Kumon Teacher in New Zealand which gave me the opportunity, experience and confidence to work with children.

Thereafter I began my new career initially as a relief teacher,  gaining experiences in a variety of Centres around Auckland. During this time I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a reliever at Kidstown and I’m now enjoying my time here working in the Kiwi room with my Kidstown family.

My philosophy is to be fair, responsible and respectful to every single person, big or small. I am very passionate about working with children and have found it very rewarding to be a part of children’s development and see their responses to the encouragement I give them. I enjoy working here because of the sincere smiles I receive from the children that encourage me to become a better person and offer my best to them.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening and travelling with my loving family.


Kellie

My name is Kellie and I am a professional chef, I graduated from AUT university in 2014 with a diploma in culinary arts along with my London city and guilds. Upon completing my studies I worked for metro top 50 restaurants which gained me the skills and knowledge to then to take part in the opening and running of successful Asian fusion restaurant in Matakana in 2016.  After being away from my family for a year and accomplishing goals I set out for myself I decided to head back home and pursue my true passion which is working with children.

Cooking has always been a big part of my life whether I do it in competitions, work or for family gatherings it’s amazing how good food can bring us all together.

I have an amazing loving husband who is supportive in all things food. In our spare time we take long walks with our German Shepard to anywhere and anything food related.

I aim to provide great tasting, balanced and nutritious meals. I like to have fun and always try new things and have never been one for pre-packaged. Fresh is best! I am a firm believer of you are what you eat. Feed your body with good food and your mind will be fed with good thoughts.


Kris

Kia ora e te whānau,  my name is Kris Christensen and I’ve been teaching early childhood since 2008. During my teaching years I have worked closely with preschoolers, however I’m now working with under 2s to learn more about their development. I’ve had the privilege to be head teacher in my previous centre, which has refined my skills and knowledge about ECE education.

I am married to a wonderful man named Eric Christensen, and we have an amazing boy, Anasta, and  a cat named Misee. I was born in Fiji and I’m half Indonesian and half Fijian Indian.

My passion for teaching started when all my friends started having children. I believe in extending children’s interests and providing them with resources that will enable them to achieve their potential. I endeavour to build and maintain warm and happy learning environments and always listen to and respect the children. I also develop creative and well thought out tasks and activities to encourage children to explore and learn. My passion is for music and movement, art, literacy and numeracy. I am delighted to be working at Kidstown and looking forward to getting to know all the parents and the children.


Dipali

Hello, I’m Dipali. I was born in England and I moved to New Zealand at the beginning of 2017. I have completed my studies in England and gained a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Roehampton.  I have been working with children since I started my journey of studying to become a knowledgeable practitioner in early childhood in 2009.  I have also spent time travelling and enjoying life in California as an Au Pair, for two young boys.

I am a bubbly, friendly and approachable person, who is passionate about working with children. I believe that children should be treated with the utmost respect and should be listened to. I am enthusiastic about children’s development and learning and I enjoy finding different activities that I can create for the children to explore.

In my spare time, I love travelling and exploring different parts of New Zealand.  I am excited about my journey in Kidstown, and exploring the New Zealand Early Childhood Education.


Sophie

Hi, I’m Sophie, I was born and raised in Wanganui, where I come from a very large family. I moved to Auckland 6 years ago with my partner, now husband, and have a lovely, not so little, 4 year old son.

I’m very passionate when it comes to the development of young children and I’m dedicated to providing young children with the best possible education and care. I love being a part of children’s learning in a fun creative and safe environment, and contributing to their growth and well being. I possess a positive attitude, good self-confidence and I’m a quick learner.

I have enjoyed over 6 years of nannying/childcare experience, so two years ago I decided to study ECE. My career goal is to be a well regarded, fully registered Early Childhood Teacher. My interests and hobbies include, spending time with my son and husband and travelling and exploring New Zealand, taking my mischievous but affectionate husky for walks, the gym and music.



Kat

Hello, I’m Kat. I was born in Canada and lived in America till I was 5 years old, then made the journey to the beautiful New Zealand. I come from a big family of 8 kids. Four sisters and three brothers. Growing up in such a big family has been awesome, and there’s never been a dull moment.

I am a very bubbly, outgoing person and love seeing people succeed. For me it’s really important that a child feels loved and accepted wherever they go and always making sure they are in a safe environment. I have a huge passion for young children and have always loved being around them.

I’ve always enjoyed learning about children and I’ve completed the Porse course levels 1 and 2.  I have experience with many age groups having worked with children at Jumping Beans and at Dream Big after school care programme.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, friends and go for walks with my Husky and Pug.



Ryan

Kia ora my name is Ryan

Ive been working at Kidstown for 2 years helping the children develop their motor skills and learning activities. I am also studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University. Im thrilled to be a part of the Kidstown Team and love my job.