Our People

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Alisha Mutch, Centre Manager

Kia ora, I'm Alisha and I have been working in Early Childhood since 2016. I have a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood.  I relish working in a collaborative environment, supporting children's holistic development. I value teacher presence to connect with children, express compassion and allow each individual to express themselves creatively.

 I enjoy using the creative arts as a medium for children to, connect with others, develop their cultural identity and their sense of mana (empowerment). Through collaboration, I aspire to guide, mentor and work alongside kaiako and kaimahi.  My journey through the kaleidoscope of education stems from the relationships I establish with children, whānau and teachers.

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Sarojni (Roja) Lata, Team Leader Preschool Room

Kia Ora! I am Sarojni (Roja) Lata.

I originate from Fiji Islands in the Pacific and worked for about two decades in various primary schools around Fiji. I have also worked for few ECE centres here in New Zealand.

I am married to Jetesh and we live locally. I love photography. I also gravitate towards visual learning. I enjoy many types of games - both indoor and outdoor -  like badminton, rounder monopoly and snakes and ladders. Cooking and being in my garden at home is another one of my passions. I also love travelling and meeting people. I love to learn about people from different cultural backgrounds.

 

I believe that all children can learn, only their learning abilities differ, therefore I have high expectations for children. Children from different communities need structure in their education - the centre may be one of the few places where things are consistent in their lives. I employ structure at the centre, using routines and procedures to help students to become more confident and comfortable.

Master of Educational Leadership

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Sheetal Devi, Head Teacher in Toddler's Room

Hi, I am Sheetal, I have a bachelor’s degree in ECE and have been working as a qualified teacher from the last six years and have been the Head Teacher in our Toddler’s Room for the last two years.

I have two children Saanvi and Saanav and they inspired and motivated me to pursue a profession in Early Childhood. I enjoy teaching and caring for our young children as I believe these are the most incredible years of a child's developmental stage and it gives me great pleasure to see our tamariki as the competent and confident learners that they are.

ECE is a very exciting field as it unfolds new challenges every day which empowers me to reflect and enhance my pedagogical practice to provide our tamariki with the best education and care.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, listening to music and going on camping trips, exploring our beautiful country.

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Emma Holemby, Head Teacher in Under 2's Room

Hi, I’m Emma and I am a qualified fully registered teacher with over 12 years’ experience in early childhood. I became a teacher because I enjoy the rewards children give you, the laughter, the smiles you share with them. I love to support children to grow as I share my knowledge and creativity with them. I love to see our tamariki achieve their goals and become confident learners.

 

My passion is everything retro and vintage as I am a rockabilly, rock and roll person who loves to dress in bright colours. I enjoy listening to 60’s music and relaxing at the beach up north on my father’s hidden paradise. I am creative and love adventures but the most important thing to me is my family which I’m very close too.

I am the Head Teacher in the under 2’s room and I truly enjoy working and learning alongside our tamariki, whānau and team.

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