Te Purapura House Teachers

For children 0-2 years.

Nicole Whitmore nee Beedell

Acting Head Teacher

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.


Brigitte Alamani

Head Teacher (Currently on maternity leave)

No Piripini ahau.
No Te Whanganui a Tara Kāinga ināianei.
Ko Brigitte Alamani tōku ingoa.

Kia ora! I'm Brigitte Alamani and I am the Head Teacher (Professional Leader) at Daisies. I have been with Daisies since 2011, initially as an Education Leader I married my husband Jayson in 2012, and in 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 our own NZ ECE curriculum Te Whāriki. I am also deeply inspired by the philosophies of RIE (Resources for Infants Educarers) and Reggio Emilia. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, an Honours degree in Education, full teaching registration, and a RIE Foundations certificate. I gained my Master of Education degree from Victoria University of Wellington, completing a thesis focused on leadership in ECE back in 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. 


Michelle Williams


Kia ora my name is Michelle

I grew up in Hawkes Bay with my family and moved to Wellington to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012. Since completing this degree I have been working at an early childhood centre in Wellington city where I fell in love with the job and completed my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. I am now a provisionally registered Teacher at Daisies and hope to gain my full registration in the next year.

Building strong relationships with children and their whānau is extremely important to me and I believe that this is one of the main foundations in a child’s learning journey. I am very creative, and I love to share this creativity with children. I believe that creative art allows children to express themselves through exploration of their senses using various textures and materials. I also enjoy making my own resources which encourage all types of learning for children.

I am passionate about creating a peaceful environment based on respect and strong relationships for children to develop a sense of belonging and become competent and confident learners as they make sense of the world around them.

As a teacher I am continually learning and progressing to ensure that I have the best teaching practice to make a difference in the lives of the children in my care.

Byrony Schalks


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. 

Colleen McCaul

Reliever Teacher

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.  

Naomi Hopkins

Education Leader (Currently on maternity leave)

Kia Ora,

I’m Naomi and I have been teaching at Daisies since 2014 and have recently become an Educational Leader. I am fully registered and have a Bachelor in Education in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching and at the end of 2017 I completed a postgraduate degree in Educational Leadership.

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.


Pho Bui


Kia Ora/ Xin chào

My name is Pho and I am originally from Vietnam. I grew up in Hochiminh city, Vietnam and in 2009 I came to New Zealand to study in college and university. I completed a degree of Bachelor of Teaching (Early childhood education) in 2014. I live with my fiancé and our cat Sylvester in Churton Park. We are very into coffee so in my spare time, we often visit different cafes in Wellington. We also love to travel and explore different places both in New Zealand and overseas.

I am delighted to be part of the team here at Daisies and love seeing the tamariki grow and learn with us. I have been working as a full time qualified early childhood teacher in Wellington for the last 5 years. In this time I have become strongly passionate about working with the infant and toddler age group. As a teacher, I value the well-being of all the children as well as the importance of having a sense of belonging. I strongly value the importance of building strong relationships with the tamariki and whanau as this is a key to create a sense of belonging and help children feel safe, settled and secure. I love to provide the children with an environment where they are trusted, have confidence to open up their feelings and develop into their own unique selves.

I am looking forward to seeing all the parents and children at Daisies and making a positive contribution to the centre.

Sarah Ryan


My name is Sarah Ryan, I am so delighted to be part of the Daisies team.

I live in Broadmeadows with my husband, our two girls who attend Khandallah school, and our cat.  

I am a qualified and certificated teacher.  During my study gaining a BA in Anthropology and English Literature, I worked in ECE centres around Wellington.  Realising that working with young children was my true passion, I completed at Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE), graduating in 2005.

 I was an infants and toddlers teacher at Victoria University for 12 years prior to joinging the Daisies team.  I have been a lead participant in Action Research, and presented this work on Infants and Toddlers’ Leaderful Learning.  I am passionate about working with our youngest nga tamariki, and love to see moments of curiosity, kindness and problem solving.  

I enjoy using song, stories and art to support children’s learning experiences and connections to Te Ao Maori.  


Keryn Parkes


Kia ora, I'm Keryn. I am excited to be apart of the Daisies whanau again after being a relieving kaiako back in 2017. 

Originally from Nelson, Wellington has been home for over 11 years now. My husband Zair and I were fortunate to be able to buy our own home in Johnsonville before the housing market went crazy! Family is very important to us so we frequently travel to Nelson and New Plymouth. Our 2 year old daughter Adelia, has been thriving at Daisies since she was 9months old.

I am a qualified and fully registered teacher who has worked in a variety of roles within the early childhood sector since 2003. It is through these experiences that I developed a strong belief that a child's development is driven by relationships; who you are comes from the interactions that you have with the people around you. I am inspired by the RIE philosophy - the belief that all tamariki are born with a deep curiosity. I feel privileged to be apart of guiding a child on their learning journey, as they make their own discoveries about the world around them. 


Janelle Ketani


Hi I'm Janelle, I have a Bachelor of Education in the Early Years, I am fully certificated and have been teaching since 2010. The majority of my experience has been with infants and toddlers and this is where my passion lies. I am passionate about providing quality care and education for infants and toddlers. I feel strongly about reciprocal relationships, respectful practices, and providing opportunities to explore the great outdoors.

Peiling Ruan


Kia ora! Ni hao! My name is Peiling. I'm from Southern part of China so I'm capable to speak Mandarin, Cantonese and English. I became a qualified teacher in New Zealand in 2016. I'm provisionally registered at the moment but I'm on a journey to gain my full registration of teaching with support at Daisies. My husband and I live in Grenada Village and we both are big fans of hiking!

As a teacher, I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to learn alongside our young children every day. Inspired by RIE and Pikler philosophy, I believe children thrive in bonded and respectful relationship. This beautiful relationship always starts from the team work between whanau and kaiako. Therefore, I'm always keen to listen to whanau and our tamariki. Meanwhile, I'm also very passionate to put sustainable lifestyle in teaching practice as I believe it is our responsibility to protect our beautiful ocean and land.


Jessika Hawthorne


Kia ora, ko Jess ahau.

I have been working in early childhood education since I graduated college and have certainly found my passion working with and learning alongside children. I am currently studying a bachelor of teaching in early childhood education through Te Rito Maioha and have almost completed my first year! So far, I have loved studying with Te Rito Maioha as Māori concepts and tikanga are woven throughout the curriculum; New Zealand has an important and unique bi-cultural heritage and I am passionate about practicing and embedding te reo Māori me ngā tikanga at Daisies.
In my spare time I love adventuring and going on walks. I enjoy being in nature and have appreciated sharing this joy with tamariki through Daisies nature explore programme.

Amii Sciascia Azzarelli