Teachers

St Mary’s Early Childhood Education Centre has 8  teachers, including and led by our Head Teacher, Heather Te Huia.

Meet the Teachers

7 of our teachers are qualified and registered teachers. 

Our community gives more information about what Janet does.

Heather — Head Teacher

I have over 40 years of experience in early childhood education and am a qualified and registered teacher. I love working here at St Mary’s Early Childhood Education Centre — the families, children and parents inspire me.

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I believe that teaching children begins with getting to know them and their families very well and building strong and informative relationships with each other. Children grow in different ways according to their experiences. Knowing what knowledge they come with allows me to foster and extend their thinking. I enjoy planning programs that care for and educate the holistic (whole) child, while supporting them in gaining social skills enabling them to enjoy learning. Keeping up to date with my own knowledge in relations to children’s learning and development is extremely important for me. I am constantly upgrading my qualifications and knowledge.

I am married with 4 children/tamariki and 13 grandchildren/mokopuna and I live in Porirua. I enjoy sharing the Lord’s love with the children and adults I come in contact with.

Claire

I believe that it is of paramount importance that each child creates the perception of themselves as confident, competent learners, and social beings as well as being secure in their own sense of belonging.

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Kia ora, my name is Claire.

I started at St Mary’s in 2003 as a reliever. In 2004, I took on a full-time permanent position, working alongside experienced and skilled registered teachers who helped me understand and learn the Early Childhood Curriculum.

I believe that it is of paramount importance that each child creates the perception of themselves as confident, competent learners, and social beings as well as being secure in their own sense of belonging. I am currently responsible for the care of our smallest children.

Prior to St Mary’s, I established the Marie Claire Nanny Agency, recruiting and placing nannies for the Wellington, greater Wellington, and Nelson/Marlborough areas, which still operates today.

Lis

I believe that children should be valued and respected and that it is my responsibility to ensure that they learn life skills that they will need to attain goals in later life (ie independence, motivation, social skills).

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Hi my name is Lis and I have had the privilege of teaching children at St Mary’s Early Childhood Education Centre since 1999.

I am a Christian and working at a Christian Centre has allowed me to nurture children’s spirituality so they have a deeper understanding of the need to care for each other and the world around them.

I believe that children should be valued and respected and that it is my responsibility to ensure that they learn life skills that they will need to attain goals in later life (ie independence, motivation, social skills, and a positive attitude to learning).

At St Mary’s there is an open friendly and caring relationship between the children, parents and teachers. We work together to create a learning environment for the children, which is secure, flexible and where they can explore and develop appropriately.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking with friends, gardening and reading. I am a ‘foodie’ and love to try new recipes, and I am a fan of New Zealand Master Chef.

Matt

Kia ora, my name is Matt James.

I have been part of the St Mary’s church community for about 10 years, and I’m thrilled to be part of the St Mary’s ECEC teaching team. I have been an ECEC teacher for 5 years and have a background in hospitality. I am married to Shoba and have 2 school-aged children, Bryan and Shernaia. My interests include cooking, reading and playing the guitar.

Naomi

Kiaora my name is Naomi.

I am a fully qualified Registered Early childhood teacher my passions are music, crafting, and knitting. I am passionate about children’s learning and development in the early years. My experience as an ece teacher I have worked mainly with under two-year-olds  

Malanie

Kia Ora, My name is Melanie Hart and I have been working here since January 2020. 

I am qualified with a Bachelor of Education from Victoria University and am registered with the

New Zealand Teaching Council. I enjoy football and taking photographs and on odd occasion when I am not working i just relax. I live in Hataitai, with my flatmates. My role here is to work with the under two-year-olds.

Our Cook Weimei

Hello, my name is Weimei Bain, I am originally from North China, Gansu and have been living here with my family (husband and daughter) for seven years. I am the cook here and love this centre as I can spend time talking to the children as well as cook nutritious meals for them. 

Teacher Carrie Reynolds

Kia Ora, my name is Caroline Reynolds (Carrie) I am a qualified and Registered teacher with a Bachelor of Education ECE from Whiteriea Polytech.

I live in Johnsonville and come from a large family that I love spending time with.  I enjoy nature walks, and volunteering at the Riding for the disabled and the local Girls’ Brigade. I enjoy working with children and enjoy building meaningful relationships.