Our People

Candy Lin, Centre Manager

Kia ora Whānau.

My name is Candy. I am the Centre manager at Lollipops Britomart. I’m very excited to be part of the Britomart family. 

I am originally from Taipei, Taiwan and have been living in Auckland, New Zealand since 2007. I graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Auckland. I am fully qualified and registered and have experienced in various teaching and managing roles within ECE. 

My passion is learning and working alongside children and watching them grow and develop into their own unique person, confident and competent lifelong learner and explorer. I am very passionate about nurturing children in developing communication and social skills in a safe and caring environment that fosters creative learning through play. I believe in building positive collaborative relationships among all parents, whānau, and teachers so together we can best support our tamariki to learn and grow holistically.

It's an honour and a privilege to be part of Lollipops Britomart whānau. I look forward to connecting with you and being a part of you and your child’s learning journey.

Ninu George, Team Leader

My name is Ninu. I believe every child is unique in their potential and needs to be identified and acknowledged for them to grow and develop. I am always keen on building strong relationships with families and whanau and working in partnership with them to meet their hopes and aspirations


Teaching has always been my passion and being in the Early Childhood field for many years has helped me enrich my knowledge as a teacher as well as a leader. I aspire to use my skills and knowledge to mold younger generations and enable them to grow healthy in body, mind and spirit.

"Children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people places and things" - Te Whariki 2017

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Maryeta Dewi, Admin

My name is Maryeta Dewi. I am thrilled to join the Lollipops Britomart family. It's an honour to be a part of this talented and dynamic team. What makes being an admin my passion? Well, I find joy in the details that keep our team sailing smoothly. It's not just about paperwork; it's about creating an environment where everyone can shine. and making the office vibe as smooth as a well-tuned melody.

I believe that bringing passion into the workplace adds a unique energy, and l'm excited to infuse a bit of that into our journey together. Looking forward to weaving some of that passion into our daily grind!

Archana Bhadauria, Teacher

Hi everyone, my name is Archana. I believe that every child is unique and they learn best through play. I love to use a play way teaching method for our learners to make them capable explorers and self-learners.

I provide them a home away from home to support them to be creative and successful decision-making learners of our beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.

I come not with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents, and strengths of my family, tribes, and ancestors.

Aurora Chang, Teacher

Kia ora! I am Aurora Chang. I am a friendly, patient, and caring Chinese girl who is passionate about working with children. I have been playing the violin for over a decade and am an avid singer. I love discovering and nurturing each child's unique interests and guiding them through their early journey.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work here, and I am excited to contribute to the learning and development of all children.

Jojo Chen, Teacher

Hi, my name is Jojo. Over the years of my career, I have come to firmly believe that every tamariki (child) is unique and has their own way of learning through play.

I am passionate about creating a nurturing and engaging learning environment that caters to each tamariki's individual needs and helps them unfold their full potential and become confident, self-directed learners

As an educator, I also strongly believe that building a strong relationship with parents and whānau is crucial to a tamariki 's overall development. By working together, we can provide the tamariki with a holistic learning experience that supports their growth and well-being.

"Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded." - Jess Lair

Karen Doughty, Teacher

Kia ora all. My name is Karen. I love to see the delight in children’s faces when they discover something new, something they see or do for themselves and it’s a privilege to support them along the way.

My experience expends over 20 years and includes a range of ECE environments; Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten, Hospital play specialist and supporting home-based educators.


In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, tramping in the mountains/bush, spending time with family and friends, reading and crafts – kitting, sewing etc.

“Every day is a new day!”

Mihee Yoon, Teacher

Kia Ora, whānau.

I am Mihee Yoon. I am thrilled to work with the beautiful tamariki and team at Britomart. I have moved to Aotearoa since 2020 from South Korea, and teaching has been my calling since I was a teenager back in my home!

I am a caring, loving, and positive person. My goal as a teacher is to spread positive energy to our learners and our environment, since I strongly believe that children become the most competent and confident ones when they feel secure and feel free to challenge and explore.

I can't wait to see them grow, nurture, and bloom with our team! 

Constance Dong, Teacher

Hi, my name is Constance. I am most interested in supporting social competence in a safe, inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment that encourages children to be confident and competent learners.

I focus on providing tamariki unhurried and freedom to explore. I believe every child needs to be seen as a competent individual and to be an initiator to explore and make sense of the world in their own way.

I value and respect each tamariki's unique cultural and linguistic heritage and aim to enhance their sense of belonging while promoting cultural competence in their identities. I believe all my values and beliefs need a strong relationship with tamariki, whanau, our team, and our community.

Sharmaine Martinez, Teacher

My name is Sharmaine Martinez. I was born and raised in the Philippines and now I live here in Auckland since 2017. I graduated Bachelor's in Elementary Education majoring in preschool back in my country, that's where I started loving and teaching children.

Lollipops centre gave me an opportunity to continue my passion and interest when it comes to teaching especially to kids. I believe that the purpose of education is to help children grow and develop academically, socially, and emotionally, hence I also believe that teachers also grow and learn among the children.

I can't wait to share some of my knowledge in hope that it could be something you need later in your future.