Meet the Team

Our aspiration as kaiako is to provide quality learning in a safe, secured, supportive and trusting educational environment where all tamariki will be valued as individual learners and all cultures acknowledged and supported. As kaiako we value ourselves as the first and most important resource for our tamariki, we support them by firstly nurturing emotional security and then providing an environment that extends and creates tamariki’s learning and development opportunities, laying the foundations for a love of learning and life-long learning.

Marlene
Marlene
Hello, my name is Marlene and I am a qualified registered ECE teacher and have been at Kids on Nineteen for 2 years, teaching for 30 years total. One of my strongest values is embracing diversity – all children are unique individuals. Teaching is not a job to me – it’s a vocation. I am a mother of 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren and I am committed to spending time with my family and supporting them in all areas of life.
Jen
Jen
Kia Ora, my name is Jen and I am a qualified registered ECE teacher. I have 2 school aged daughters. My image of a child is based on the belief that they are confident, competent, inquisitive and active explorers capable of leading their own learning journey. I look forward to providing your tamariki with quality early childhood education.
Jess
Jess
Hi, my name is Jess & I am a qualified ECE teacher. I have been teaching for 6 years and absolutely love it! I love being part of educating the children of the future and providing them with the best care possible in a safe and loving environment. My husband and I got married last year and have a beautiful baby girl Shelby. We have been in Tauranga for 5 years and love it here. I look forward to getting to know you all and being a part of the Kids on Nineteen family.
Mel
Mel
Hi my name is Mel. I have been a florist for 17 years and that, plus the knowledge and experience I have gained as a mother of 2 children have help me develop my role at Kids on Nineteen. I have been here for 4 months. I am enjoying experimenting, creating and developing idea for attractive and healthy snacks for the children.
Paige
Paige
Kia Ora, I am Paige, I am in my last year of Bachelor of Teaching Degree, and I have been at Kids on Nineteen for 3 years. I started as a reliever and a part –time teacher. Now here full time. I have 2 adult children at University in Wellington. I enjoy gardening, reading, music, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Andrea
Andrea
Hi, my name is Andrea. I have spent the last 6 years being a stay at home mum to 2 beautiful children, and the last 2 years getting myself back into the routine of working part-time as a Duty Manager at a local hotel. I now feel I am ready to take on more responsibilities outside of this – and enjoy relieving at Kids on Nineteen.
Aneka
Aneka
My name is Aneka, I hold a Bachelor of Education and have been teaching for 12 years. I have been fortunate to teach & learn different philosophies including Kohungahunga, Pikler & Montessori, which help to develop my own practice. I have a passion for the arts (wearable), triathlons & ocean swimming. I practice yoga, mindfulness and meditation which i share with the tamariki & teach to help nurture and develop them holistically. I have 2 boys, 18 & 9 years old, and a wonderful husband.
Toni
Toni
Kia Ora my name is Toni. I have 3 children & 1 grandson. As all my children have grown up, I enjoy being a relief teacher at Kids on 19, interacting with the tamariki and ensuring they are happy and safe.
Melissa
Melissa
Hi, I’m Melissa (Mel), I have 3 kids, 2 attend Oropi Primary School, and my youngest child attends Kids on Nineteen. I’m a ESW worker assisting children with special needs but also relieve at Kids on Nineteen when I can.

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