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GLEN EDEN
GLENDALE ROAD (09) 818 9913 | MATAKI WAY (09) 218 6407
GLENDENE
BEAZLEY PLACE (09) 836 6495

OUR TEAM

Our staff are selected for their knowledge of early childhood, their expertise in providing appropriate educational programmes, their compassion for children and their philosophy of education and early childhood development. Our teachers are qualified early childhood educators and undertake regular professional development to keep them abreast of the current trends in our field.

Our teachers participate in a yearly appraisal programme where management and teachers can reflect on strengths, weaknesses and goals and plan for the following year.

All qualified teachers are expected to maintain current Teacher Registration and first aid certification. Registration ensures that teachers go on to participate in professional development throughout their careers and that satisfactory teaching and knowledge standards are maintained. We undertake a series of safety checking steps when appointing all staff at this centre.

Emma Parangi

Head Teacher

I have been teaching for over ten years around Aotearoa, as well as for two years in the UK. As an educator I am always learning, so I have pursued further study options during that time. I completed my Masters in Education this year, focussing on cultural identity development. This kaupapa reflects my passion for creating a learning community which embraces, uplifts and celebrates the cultures present in it.

My heritage as Māori and NZ Pākehā, is an important part of my own cultural identity. This informs my belief in working towards an authentic bicultural learning environment fro tamariki, whānau and kaiako, through culturally inclusive and responsive teaching and learning.

I love the unique mixed age setting of Our Kids as it promotes whānaungatanga for each member of our community. Our tamariki practice manaakitanga each day as they share learning experiences with peers of different ages.

I value autonomy for young children and believe my job as an educator is to support them as they grow and develop into lifelong learners with a strong sense of who they are and how they fit into the world. I am looking forward to building connections with the Glen Eden community to create meaningful learning opportunities to support this growth for our tamariki.

Laura Price

Assistant Head Teacher

I grew up in Auckland and when I was 19 moved to Wellington where I met my husband. Now, 17 years later, I have moved back to Auckland, married with two beautiful boys. My eldest son James is at Oratia primary and my younger son Luke, who is two, comes to work with me every day at Our Kids!

I believe as teachers our job is to work in partnership with whānau to make the early years fun and exciting in learning environments where children can feel safe, create meaningful relationships with others and to develop as competent and confident learners.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to work with young children and their families/whānau. I endeavour to be the best teacher possible and have come to realise that I’m a life long learner myself and by working alongside children and other staff, ensures that my own learning is also life long.

Katerina Longo

ECE Teacher

Maureen Donovan

Chef

Nancy Bhayana

ECE Teacher

Shimeah Tulisi

ECE Teacher

Joanne Phillips

Head Teacher

I’m Jo Phillips and I’m head teacher here at Mataki Way, I feel blessed to be part of the dedicated hardworking and passionate teaching team here.

I have twenty years Early Childhood teaching experiences so you could say that teaching is my passion and it is definitely, not just a job. I love every minute of my day exploring and learning with these young children.

I am also blessed to share my life with my husband of 27 years Reg and our three now adult children – Selina, Konrad and Paul. When they were younger, I found it incredible watching them learn , explore and create new understandings and their world and the wider world of their Samoan heritage and culture.

Being with them enabled me to emphasize and understand the challenges and issues that face the whanau in our centre’s and some of the needs and aspirations they may have for their children too. I therefore love sharing and engaging with whanau especially regarding their child’s valued learning and what happens here each day and to understand the experiences children have at home that may be similar.

I believe we are all lifelong learners and learning can be not only challenging but also fun and I truly enjoy working alongside children as their curiosity, creativity and confidence grows. We can explore together and communicate ideas and working theories, whilst making discoveries about the world around us.

Chynelle Pereira

Over 2s Team Leader

Kia ora and hello! I Chynelle hail from India, the land of festivals. New Zealand became home to me in 2014 when I arrived here to complete my graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education from New Zealand Tertiary College. Back home in India, I completed my Bachelors in Sociology and History and my first year of Masters in History.

The passion for teaching emerged as I have grown up in a family filled with a majority of teachers. Watching them day in and day out inspired me to take it up as a profession. I’m glad to say that I enjoy and love every bit of it. I feel privileged to be part of an amazing team here at Our Kids, Mataki Way.

My philosophy and practice is moulded around a famous children’s advocate Magda Gerber where strong emphasis is given to respectful practice. I believe it aligns well with my beliefs of providing a stimulating, challenging yet safe and fun environment where children can naturally unfold their strengths and interests. I aim to nurture, encourage and support the children and families in the best way possible.

Agnes Juhasz

Over 2s Teacher

Sinco Chiu

Over 2s Teacher

Akesa Beratabua

Under 2s Teacher

Sarah Barry

Under 2s Teacher

Talaat Yehia

Chef

Sarah O'Regan

Head Teacher

Kia ora koutau, my name is Sarah O’Regan and I graduated from The New Zealand Career College with a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in early 2019, however I have been working here at Our Kids Early Learning Centre Glendene for over 5 years. From a very young age I have had a passion for working alongside young children, and my interest in pursuing this career was truly reinforced after the birth of my own two children.

I am extremely passionate about teaching within a mixed age setting as I strongly believe that the meaningful interactions between younger and older children provide many different social, cognitive, physical and emotional learning experiences, which can be particularly beneficial for children of both ages.

I also strongly believe it is fundamental to work in partnership with parents and whanau, acknowledging their cultural values, needs and aspirations, in order to achieve the best possible care and education for their children. My personal philosophy is based on love, kindness and compassion and I strive to provide a learning environment that allows children to feel safe, secure and loved, knowing that they are a valued member of the Our Kids Whanau.

Rochelle Cole

Assistant Head Teacher

I graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Education in Primary / Intermediate teaching. I absolutely love working with children of all ages and I believe in exploring and enhancing students’ curiosity and personal interests in safe and creative environments, where all voices, perspectives, interests, and values are acknowledged and celebrated, and where children can safely take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them.

To me, childcare is all about preparing children for encounters when they start school in terms of intrapersonal / interpersonal relationships, enthusiasm and curiosity towards learning. I am creative and have many passions and interests such as sports, social science, music, dance, drama, reading, art and writing. Oh, and I also love to socialise!

“I absolutely love working with children of all ages and I believe in exploring and enhancing students’ curiosity.”

Emma Gill

ECE Teacher

Jyotsna Bhalla

ECE Teacher

Michaela Dovey

ECE Teacher

Sushil Sharma

ECE Teacher

A highly responsive and respectful curriculum supports the development of children's dispositions for learning. Children confidently explore the centre, leading their own learning through play. They engage enthusiastically with stimulating and open-ended resources. Teachers skilfully extend their learning, creativity and problem solving. Relationships of support are strongly evident between children.
- ERO Report 2019, Beazley Place, Glendene
Teaching is responsive to individual children's needs and teachers make links to children's experiences outside of the centre. Teachers are increasing their knowledge of te ao Māori perspectives by participating in professional development. As a result, they are continuing to strengthen bicultural aspects of the curriculum.
- ERO Report 2018, Glendale Road, Glen Eden