Amanda

Centre Manager/Director

Kia Ora, I’m Amanda and I get to do the office work. Happily, I also find myself also reading stories, playing with the blocks, or working in the Vege garden with our fantastic Central Park ELC children and fabulous Teachers giving cuddles (lots and lots of cuddles!).

I have a passion and dedication for helping Kiwi kids thrive, learn and generally grow up to be wonderful people. I am incredibly proud of the whole CPELC team for playing such an important part in guiding our pre-school aged children through the beginning stages of their journey through life.

Divia

Head Teacher

Kia Ora,
My name is Divia and I am the Head Teacher for the Ruru room. I have been working with children for six years and for four of them I have had the pleasure of helping to educate children at Central Park ELC. I have always enjoyed building strong connections with each individual child and their whanau so that we can be certain that we provide a comfortable, homely environment for everyone.

My priority is to help children achieve a sense of happiness, confidence & fulfillment in their everyday life.

As Head Teacher, I work alongside my team to ensure we are providing educational experiences that relate to what is going on in the world around us and that provide the children with skills to become lifelong learners.

Danielle

Head Teacher

Kia ora! My name is Danielle and I am the head teacher of the Piwakawaka and Kereru rooms. I am qualified and registered and I have always been passionate about working with infants and toddlers. I believe that building respectful relationships with the children and whanau in my care is the most important thing to support them in developing their sense of belonging and trust within their environment. My interests outside of work include spending time with my family and friends, taking my puppy for walks, cooking and reading.

Elfie

Assistant Head Teacher

Malo e lelei, Guten Tag Tamariki and whanau I’m Elfriede (Elfie) I’ve been working at CPELC for a few years now and absolutely love it. I have had the love for educating our tamariki since I can remember. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching in early childhood at NZTC and cannot wait until I complete it. Our staff would describe me as one of the children with a bit of maturity, I love the outdoors and getting messy with our tamariki. I class myself as a big family orientated person with a love for all cultures.

Tori

Teacher in training – Piwakawaka Room

Kia ora, kia orana, my name is Tori. I am a mum of 2 beautiful children and currently in my second year of studying towards my degree in teaching ECE. I am the piwakawaka (infants) teacher. As the infant teacher, I enjoy engaging in play as it is central to children’s learning and development – when your child plays it gives them the ability to learn in different ways. I enjoy providing patience and space so my tamariki feel loved, happy and safe. I also believe in positive encouragement for tamariki to enjoy the environment that is provided for them to learn, and build confidence.

Lissa

Registered Teacher – Kereru Room

Rachel

Registered Teacher – Ruru Room

Hi, my name is Rachel, everyone here calls me Rach-o. Im a mother to three teenage children so ive had almost 18 years experience. Im a qualified and registered teacher with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and I’ve recently gone back to studies, working towards my Masters in Education. I have an outgoing personality which our children love, as I love to dance, sing and entertain.

Gabi

Registered Teacher – Ruru Room

Kia Ora,

My name is Gabi (Gabrielle), I am a teacher in the Ruru room. I am a qualified and registered teacher, holding both a Bachelor of Teaching ECE and a Diploma of Teaching ECE. I have been an early childhood teacher for nearly 20 years and am the mother of 3 busy school aged children. I believe strongly in the importance of meeting children’s emotional needs. It is only when a child feels emotionally and physically safe that they have the confidence and the tools to explore and learn. I am always on hand for cuddles and love to praise and encourage children. I also have a real passion for preparing children for their journey into the school environment, through the development of early literacy, independence, and self help skills.

Aisha

Registered Teacher – Ruru Room

Ngā mihi niu ki a koutou katoa.

I am Aisha, a proud Māori descendent from the far north who also carries Samoan, Fijian and Dutch heritage.

There are a couple of achievements that give me great joy in life. The first is having my two beautiful daughters and the other is holding a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I thoroughly enjoy working with 2 – 5/6 year old children and am passionate about teaching Māori, Reo and Kaupapa.

Multicultural practices/ languages and P.E are also interests I hold.

Suzanne

Registered Teacher – Ruru Room

Kia ora my name is Suzanne and I have been working as an early childhood teacher for 12 years. I have been working at  Central Park Early Learning Centre for 2 years. I enjoy building relationships with the children and getting to know them and their interests. I enjoy being invited to join in with  children’s play and seeing their imagination, confidence and independence  grow and develop.

My own interests include craft, knitting, reading, walking and spending time with my five beautiful grandchildren.

Lorraine

Teacher – Ruru Room

Kayla

Teacher – Ruru Room

Kia ora, I am Kayla.

I strongly believe that every child is capable, confident and independent. I enjoy planning hands on and enriching activities for our tamariki to extend their thinking and life skills which are taught through play and provocations. I enjoy getting to know every unique personality. I believe that whānau communication and contribution is important for each child’s learning stages.

Amber

Centre Chef