Kia ora! I'm Brigitte Alamani and I am the Head Teacher at Daisies. I have been with Daisies since 2011, initially as an Education Leader - a role I enjoyed until I went on maternity leave for 6 months from July 2014. I married my husband Jayson in 2012, and in August 2014, we were blessed with a beautiful girl named Chloe. Chloe attends Daisies every day with me.
I have been working in the early childhood education sector since 2004. My experience includes working with 6 months - 5 year old children, ECE leadership and research, and professional development facilitation. My teaching is strongly guided by the philosophies of RIE, Reggio Emilia, and by our own NZ ECE curriculum, Te Whāriki. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, an Honours degree in Education, full teaching registration, and a RIE Foundations certificate. I am working on a thesis towards a Master of Education, which I will complete by the end of 2016.
My aspiration for children is for them to grow into critical thinkers, to be innovators of change, to become competent, intelligent and powerful individuals who are confident to challenge the status quo. I strive to provide meaningful experiences that will encourage children to understand themselves and the world around them.
Kia Ora, my name is Lucy Hayes and I am a teacher and Education Leader at Daisies. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher and hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). My professional interests include professional development facilitation, engaging in dialogue and review processes that focus on positive learning outcomes for young children in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
I have been part of the Daisies whanau since the centre opened in 2008. I have played the role of both parent and teacher and thus greatly appreciate the high quality education and care that underpins the Daisies philosophy.
I am a firm believer in children being independent, inquisitive and knowledgeable members of society and I enjoy being witness to children exploring and making sense of the world. I have a particular interest in all forms of literacy, strengthening relationships between home and centre and promoting a peaceful and empowering learning environment for children and adults.
I live in Titahi Bay and am a short distance away from the beautiful beach. I can often be found there in the summertime. I enjoy cooking, theatrics, travelling and spending time with my wonderful family and friends.
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Ko Deirdre toku ingoa
No Wellington ahau
Kia ora, my name is Deirdre and I feel very privileged and delighted to have been part of the Daisies teaching team/whānau since we opened in October 2008.
I have a Kindergarten Teaching Diploma and many years’ experience in a variety of early childhood education settings. I am extremely passionate about children’s learning and about providing the best possible learning outcomes for them.
I believe that communication between home and the centre is vital as we work together to ensure that all children explore their full potential and grow up to be competent and confident learners and communicators.
I am particularly interested in the curriculum areas of music, science, literacy and numeracy. I am a key teacher for the older group of children (Whanake group). My focus for them is building the foundation for a smooth transition to school. I believe that curiosity, investigation, perseverance, and problem solving are all very important learning dispositions for our children as they work on generating more complex working theories about the world around them. I live with my husband in Tawa. Our children are all adults and have left home. In my spare time I like to make cards, go to the gym, read, knit and play cards with friends.
Kia Ora, my name is Nicole Beedell. I have had the pleasure of being a teacher here at Daisies since 2011 and an Education Leader since mid 2016. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher, holding a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).
I am a strong believer in respecting the children in my care as competent and capable individuals. I value the importance of creating an environment which empowers children as they explore, investigate and develop working theories about the world around them. The philosophies of RIE and Reggio Emilia greatly inspire my teaching practice.
I have spent the majority of my life in sunny Marlborough. My partner and I moved to Wellington back in 2011 and it feels a lot like home now. We live in Petone. In my spare time I can often be found down at the beach or enjoying the cafes in Petone.
Kia ora tatou,
Ko Kama Bromley tōku ingoa,
Kei Te Whanganui-a-Tara kainga inaianei.
After discovering my passion for early childhood education during a year-long work experience programme through my high school, I began teaching in 2008. Since I started teaching I have completed my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and I am currently on my way to becoming a fully registered teacher.
In 2013 I came to Daisies as a student teacher for a four week teaching block. It was during this time that I fell in love with the philosophy as it reflected many of the core values and beliefs that I hold close to my heart. I am passionate about providing quality care and education for tamariki and whānau that incorporates my deep love for the outdoors and the arts.
I was lucky enough to spend time growing up in both the Wairarapa and Nelson. I moved to Wellington with my whanau in 2005 and now live with my partner in Newlands. In my spare time I enjoy spending time taking care of my veggie garden, reading, going to the beach and catching up with friends and family.
I’m Naomi and I graduated from the Dunedin College of Education in 2005 with a Bachelor in Education in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching. I am fully registered and since graduating I have worked with children aged 0-5 years here in New Zealand and children aged 3-8 years in the UK.
I am particularly passionate about working with children under two and I feel it is important to build a strong relationship with them and their families so that both the child and their parents feel comfortable and safe in a new environment. I enjoy building on these relationships and seeing the children grow and develop. The RIE philosophy is one of the key philosophies that leads my teaching style and I am enthusiastic about sharing it with others.
I believe in supporting children to work through issues with their peers by talking and modelling ideas of how we can solve problems so they can become confident, independent problem solvers. I love to observe children's relationships and their progress over a period of time as they gain the confidence to become life-long learners.
Kia ora, my names is Bryony Schalks (Bee), and I have working at Daisies since early 2012. I started my journey here as a reliever and then a permanent reliever. Now I am a full-time educator. I have found my calling in ECE and have a passion for quality care and education for tamariki. I love doing music, dance, arts and drama with the tamariki. Nature has always been a big part of who I am and through my studies I have learnt the power and opportunities it gives our tamariki on their journey of learning, in all areas. I have been studying through Te Rito Maioha to become a qualified teacher. I have learnt a lot there that I bring back to the Daisies community. I truly enjoy the company of children and always keep in mind the influence we have on them. I also value play as it is the children's way of researching and making sense of our world.
Kia ora koutou katoa, my name is Penny and I am really excited about becoming a member of the team at Daisies. I have both early childhood and primary experience and I have currently come from being a junior primary school teacher in Porirua East. I have a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education with a post-graduate diploma in Primary teaching.I am looking forward to using the skills, knowledge and experience I have gained in my primary teaching and to use these in the next part of my journey as a kaiako at Daisies.
I have a passion for learning and enjoying creating meaningful experiences enabling children to flourish as critical thinkers and lifelong learners. I enjoy facilitating children to develop an appreciation for papatuanuku where they understand the role of a kaitiaki, where the environment can be sustained for future generations.
I grew up in Wellington and have spent time living overseas in London, Edinburgh and Western Australia. I now enjoy spending time in my garden at my Titahi Bay home and walking around the many options of our beautiful coastline with friends and family.
Kia Ora! My name is Meg. When I finished college I was lucky enough to get a position as a teaching assistant in an early childhood centre and fell in love with the job. Since then I have been working towards my Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and am now in my last (3rd) year. This is a big year for me and I’m very excited to be sharing it with the Daisies whānau.
I have grown up and lived in Johnsonville most of my life. I am one of two children and have always had pets in the house. Other than teaching I enjoy music and reading, getting out and about in the city, shopping and just spending time with friends. Travel is also a passion of mine.
My family is quite small but I enjoy spending time with them and they play a very important part in my life. For this reason I really value and think there is great benefit to the tamariki and whānau getting involved in the centre and love that Daisies is a place that values family so highly. I am also a strong believer in allowing children to take the lead in their education and respecting them as capable, curious individuals. The first five years of a child’s life are so important for their future and I strive to provide high quality education and care which is worthy of the important role we teachers play. I consider myself very fortunate to work in an environment where the values and beliefs are so close to my own.
Kia Ora. I am a regular reliever at Daisies. I am a qualified and registered Early Childhood Teacher with over twenty years’ experience. I have completed my B.Ed (Early Childhood Teaching).
My interest in early childhood is developing and fostering an active community of learners within our centre and through partnerships with parents and whānau of our children. I work on creating an atmosphere that will nurture a love of learning and respect for others and the environment.
I am working with the Daisies team to incorporate elements of a bicultural curriculum including te teo and tikanga Māori.
I have a young grandson who attended Daisies when he was younger and I really enjoyed using that time to develop our relationship. I look forward to continue working in the Daisies community alongside team members, children and whānau.
Kia ora I’m Annaliese! I grew up in Palmerston North and moved to Wellington in 2011 to study at Victoria University. I completed my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching at the end of 2014 and was lucky enough to be offered a job where I had just completed my final placement. After a year and a half of full time teaching, I am very excited to be joining the team at Daisies. My personal philosophy of respectful and peaceful teaching fits very closely with the Daisies philosophy and I am looking forward to seeing what we will be able to achieve working together.
I am passionate about looking after the environment and use it as a teaching tool to help children to develop physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. I believe that when children have the opportunity to learn about the living word around them, they have the opportunity to become curious, empathetic and creative problem solvers who have a lifetime of lust for learning.
Outside of work I love to be around my partner, friends, family and my adorable cat Boston. I have been involved in Taekwon-Do for the majority of my life and have learnt so many meaningful values and morals from that experience. To keep my creativiy flowing I am a nail technician in the weekends. You will always see me with some form of glitter or nail art on my hands.
I feel very privileged and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside such passionate and respected members of the early childhood profession. I am very excited to meet and get to know all of the tamariki, whanau and staff here at Daisies.
Nic is taking parental leave in 2016.