Our People

Lilian Dong , Centre Manager

What inspired you to pursue a career in early childhood?

I love and respect children. I believe I can help young children in their early years of learning.  I think quality teaching can make a real difference to their lives.

What are the aspects of your job that you most enjoy?

At Lollipops Mt Albert we are like a family - we all respect each other, including staff, tamariki and whanau. My work is challenging but rewarding and very meaningful. Children’s care and education is so important. I am a mother of an adult daughter and I feel very lucky to be involved in early childhood education as well as having the opportunity to see children growing each day.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the centre?

Fishing and gardening. I love flowers!

Master Degree of Professional Studies,  Graduate Diplomas in Teaching (Primary & ECE).

Mina Baharloo, Head Teacher

Kia Ora Everyone

My name is Mina and I am Persian. I am married and a proud mum of two grown up children. I have more than 10 years teaching experience in New Zealand. I love working with children and very passionate about their learning. I have a very calm and caring nature which makes me more approachable to children and parents.

Building responsive and reciprocal relationships with children and their whanau is at the core of my philosophy . I love exploring children’s interest and extending them by providing a welcoming environment where their play and curiosity is valued and their sense of belonging is enhanced.


  • Bachelor of Teaching ( Early Childhood Education)
  • Caring for children ( Certificate Level 5)
  • Graduate Diploma in English as an Additional Language