Our People

Centre Manager

Office & Support Staff

Christine Brewster, Centre Cook
Karen Fleming, Centre Administrator

Infant Room

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Alene Parkes, Teacher
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Janelle Oakes-Butler, Teacher

Kia Ora, I’m Janelle, I come to Lollipops with over 17 years of teaching experience. Myself and Alene will ensure you have an amazing time here in Kopa Rito, learning and developing through play!

I have two sons, Arli and Kupa, who both go to Ōmata Primary. My husband Wade (Ngāti Rahiri, Ngāti Mutunga), the boys and I live on a small lifestyle block in Ōmata, where we love being outside amongst our animals, land and mother nature’s gifts. We are guiding our boys to respect and be kaitiakitanga of the outdoor environment of their ancestors.

My personal and professional philosophies derive from my amazing journey in my life, my upbringing, my own whānau, and my rewarding career.  I love to live and work in an environment where every person is treated as equal, where each and every person has opportunities to be the best they can personally be.  To respect others and in turn be respected back. 

I want all tamariki to have an opportunity to play and learn in an environment that is meaningful and purposeful but also encouraging and supporting spontaneous fun and most of all be respected.   

Life can be very short so take all that you have been given and give back all that you can, and embrace every moment.

 

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Junior Room

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Brian Rawlins, Head Teacher – Kopa Tupu

Kia ora, I’m Brian. My wife and I along with our two daughters immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2020. I have been teaching for the past 12 years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy challenging children and helping them develop holistically.  

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Dawn Briggs, Teacher

Preschool Room

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Zoe Parker, Head Teacher – Kopa Kōrari

Kia ora my name is Zoe Parker, I am the Head Teacher in the Preschool room here at Lollipops Aubrey Street. I have been teaching in the Preschool room for over 4 years. I have a warm, caring and welcoming nature and ensure tamariki and their whānau are happy and feel like they have place here at Lollipops Aubrey Street. 

I believe in building strong relationships through good communication with tamariki, whanau and the wider community. I am inclusive of all cultures, and value and celebrate who they are within the centre environment. I look forward to meeting you soon.  

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Kat Bosson, Teacher

Hi my name is Kat! I have been at Lollipops Aubrey Street for over 15 years. I am a very passionate teacher who enjoys a day filled with fun and laughter. I love to ensure that children are happy, settled and always treated with respect and honesty. This is also very important in our relationships with our whānau. 

I love to run in our fabulous park and enjoy working out at our local gym. I look forward to our continued relationship and working alongside you and your children. 

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Sharon Radford, Teacher

Kia Ora. My name is Sharon. I am married and have 3 children and a grandson. We live on a lifestyle farm with 10 acres and I love being part of a small rural community.

I’m a fully registered teacher who has gained her Batchelor in Teaching and Learning (ECE). I have been in ECE for over 20 years as a teacher. I started working at Lollipops in 2022 as a reliever then gained a permanent position in 2023. 

I have a real passion for providing our tamariki with positive, fun, and safe learning environments where they can blossom, develop and grow to their full potential.  I love seeing the smiles on our tamariki and seeing them sharing quality moments together.  It’s seeing our tamariki achieve and feel proud of these achievements that makes my time as a teacher so rewarding.  I’m looking forward to continuing to develop trusting relationships with our whānau and being part of all the learning journeys of our tamariki.

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Relievers

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S.J Moller, Teacher – Preschool Room
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Trish Maindonald, Teacher – Preschool Room
Ceri Hutchinson, Teacher – Infant Room
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Jemima Jury, Teacher – All Rooms

I’m Jemimah I’m a  reliever I started reliving in may 2021. I am passionate about  working with children and being apart of their learning and development

I have  lots of experience in the ECE industry which includes training studying volunteering   I enjoy my time as a ECE teacher  as I learn and grow as a person. 

My interests are art painting drawing photography and music  and cats