Our People

Shannon Durbin, Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

I wanted to support young children along a pathway of lifelong learning and provide a highly positive and nurturing learning environment that’s filled with laughter, love, fun, exploration, creativity and imagination.

How long have you been working in the sector?

Eleven years.

What do you love most about what you do?

I’m passionate about forming relationships with tamariki and whanau and making a difference for them. I love watching children grow and learn and also enjoy inspiring our kaiako.

What makes Lollipops Tauranga special?

  • The cultural diversity of our community of learners and teachers
  • Our dedicated and passionate team of kaiako
  • Our purpose built centre with large learning environments

What’s your favourite time of year at the centre?

I especially enjoy celebrating with our tamariki and their whanau, whether it’s a cultural event, a birthday, or any other special occasion.

Bachelor of Teaching – Early Childhood Education