Our People

Dawn Harris, Centre Manager

What inspired you to work in the early childhood sector?

Being a part of children’s learning; the feeling you get when they have a lightbulb moment and knowing that you played a part in it.

How long have you been working in this sector?

For more than 20 years.

What do you love most about what you do?

Inspiring children’s enquiring minds.  Travelling a learning path side-by-side with the child.

What are three things that set your centre apart?

Our amazing children, their parents and our amazing teaching team!

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre, and why?

Anytime we celebrate together with our children and their families, whether it’s a cultural event, a birthday or any other special occasion.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Spend time with extended family.  Everyone hopping in the bus and getting back to nature.

Bachelor of Teaching ECE

Heidi Marsh, Team Leader Kowhaiwhai

Tena koutou katoa, my name is Heidi and I am a very proud mother of one, descending from Ngapuhi and Waikato tribes.  I have been in the ECE field for nearly 10 years beginning in Kohanga Reo and then following my journey into ECE.

My passion to work with little people started when my niece was born, and I have loved working alongside the children, teaching team and whānau ever since.  I hold my Graduate Diploma in ECE, fully registered and fulfilling my ambition to nurture and nourish our children to be successful ambassadors for the future.

I believe in having firm foundations of whanaungatanga (relationships), to be treated fairly and to have an equal understanding and appreciation for everyone.  As a teacher these relationships allow me to foster our children’s interests and guide them with ways for development.

Angela Neill, Team Leader Koru

My name is Angela Neill, I have three adult children. I have a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood). I have worked in early childhood for over 20 years and I have my full teacher registration.

I believe that every child is an amazing and unique individual, and as a teacher it is my responsibility to provide an engaging and stimulating environment where they feel safe and secure.  

As a dedicated early childhood teacher, I have a passion for children and their learning, I feel I can provide a positive, inspirational and professional environment that is safe and stimulating for staff, whanāu and children.  To me, being an early childhood teacher is not a job, it is a lifestyle; one where I am constantly reflecting to ensure that I am meeting the needs of all the tamariki, staff and whanāu, offering opportunities for them to engage in a high quality educational programme.