Our People

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Emma Borman, Centre Manager

My name is Emma Borman and I am proud to be the Centre Manager at Lollipops Napier Port. I joined the Lollipops team in July 2022 as the Team Leader of the Tuakana room and am happy to be working with and alongside a team of lovely and passionate teachers.  I am originally from the Kapiti Coast; I have lived in Napier for the past 4 and a half years and absolutely love it here! I have 2 beautiful children aged 13 and 19, and they are a big part of why I got into Early Childhood Education.

 I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 16 years, the last 11 of those 15 years as a qualified teacher.  Early Childhood Education is my passion, I love that each day with the children brings new and exciting adventures.  Most importantly, my days are filled with FUN! I also value the fact that I learn just as much from our tamariki as they do from me.    

Riria Parsons, Teacher - Tuakana Room

Why did you choose early childhood education? I chose early childhood education, because I really wanted to learn more about children's learning and development. When my nephew was born, this solidified my love and passion for working with children.

Why did you choose Lollipops? I chose Lollipops because the centre philosophy was similar to my personal philosophy. I also chose Lollipops because the environment and staff were very warm, welcoming, and inviting. 

Halie Graham, Teacher - Teina Room

Kia ora, I’m Halie Graham, and I am a qualified teacher at Lollipops Napier Port. I have been teaching for seven years after obtaining my Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Waikato. I choose to work at Lollipops Napier Port because I love our community, our tamariki, and truly believe they and our whanau deserve the best. I enjoy working together with not only my colleagues, but our tamariki and whanau as well.

Lollipops Napier Port is not my workplace, it is my second home, and I take pride in our environment and all our, and the children’s achievements. I have had many different jobs on my journey, including retail and broadcasting, however I genuinely love children and learning, this led me to teaching. I have the most fulfilling and rewarding job in the world, and it’s a privilege to be part of a beautiful, dedicated team, and amazing community.

Samara Smith, Teacher - Tuakana Room

Hi, my name is samara I come from a large family have been a nanny in my previous career. In the weekends we quite often spend our time on the racetrack around working with some of the best super car drives around nz. I love to push myself outside comfort zone weather that’s swimming with the sharks or skydiving.

Annel Sutcliffe, Teacher - Teina Room

Hello, my name is Annel, and I have been working in early childhood education for a few years. I chose Early Childhood education as I enjoy working with young children and it really fits in with who I am and my personality. I’m with Lollipops Napier Port, as it was where I first began my Early childhood education journey – I started out relieving and was lucky enough to secure a full-time permanent position where I could work alongside my son.

Marilyn McKeating, Teacher - Tuakana Room

My name is Marilyn McKeating (known as Lyn).  I am a dedicated and a reflective teacher.  I gained my Diploma in 2004 through E.I.T. I have taught in different centres which gives me a lot of experience with different character settings.  I have also taught all age groups and enjoy them all for lots of different reasons. 

I always wanted to be a Kindy teacher as a 16-year-old when leaving school, however it was easier to go into office work. It wasn't until much later when working in admin role in an early childhood centre when the opportunity arose for me to train, and I grabbed it with both hands and have never regretted my decision.

I have an adult son who is married with two children who live and work in Adelaide, Australia.  I am a very proud Nan and love my video chats with my grandsons.

I enjoy my time at Lollipops Port Napier where we have a formidable team who are dedicated, and all love their job working with children.