Our People

Debbie Vertongen
Centre Manager

Ko Te Arawa te Waka,

Ko Matauwhaura te maunga,

Ko Rotoiti te roto,

Ko Ngati Pikiao te iwi.

Kia ora, ko Debbie Vertongen taku ingoa.

I am a passionate and motivated Kaiako who has over 17 years’ experience in early childhood education here in New Zealand and abroad in Japan. I am a committed Kaiako and educative mentor who strives to build strong partnerships with Kaiako and whanau to make a positive difference in the lives of tamariki. I am committed to Te Ao Maori but at the same time value diversity and the learning that is gained from all cultures. Outside of Lollipops I like nothing better to do than explore our stunning and beautiful natural environment, aqua jog and meet people within the local community. I look forward to getting to know you, where you come from and learning about what your hopes and dreams are for your tamaiti, child.

Kat Bosson
Team Leader Preschool

Hi my name is Kat! I have been in the Preschool for over six years now and with Lollipops Aubrey Street for 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 whanau.

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.

Debbie Telfer
Team Leader Junior room

Kia ora, my name is Debbie Telfer and I am the head teacher in the Junior room here at Lollipops Aubrey Street. I have been working in the Junior room for over ten years now and have a sound understanding of the needs of our tamariki at this age. I am passionate about quality learning and learning spaces for all tamariki. I value and celebrate all cultures within our centre and use bi-cultural practices on a daily basis. I believe in working alongside our whanau and tamariki engaging in meaningful conversations while they learn, explore, and discover in a warm loving and stimulating environment.

Liz Hodges
Team Leader Infants and Toddlers Room

Kia ora, my name is Liz Hodges and I have been teaching in the infant’s room for over three years now. I am passionate about working alongside young tamariki and their whanau. I enjoy being a part of our tamariki milestones and sharing their growth with our families. I value a natural environment and resources to support our tamariki to explore the world around them. I believe that is important for Kaiako to give our tamariki the time and space to take in the wonders of what our world has to offer them.

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