Teachers

 

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Brigitte Alamani

Head Teacher

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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. 


Lucy Hayes

Teacher

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.

 


Naomi Hopkins

Education Leader

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.


Meg Kwan

Teacher

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.


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Judith Urry

Teacher

Hello everyone, my name is Judith.

After many years teaching in the primary sector I have made a move to teaching in early childhood education and I am really enjoying working at Daisies. 

I originally trained as a teacher in Wellington and have since taught in Taranaki, Wellington and in the UK. Almost all of my teaching experience has been in the early years (4-8yrs) and I am passionate about children learning through play. Knowing more about how children learn in their formative years has led me on this journey to Daisies and I learning so much from working with younger children. 

I have a strong belief about the importance of learning through exploration and investigation. I value the opportunities to listen to children, hear and see their wonderings and love to create further learning opportunities from these observations. I enjoy being outside with children, exploring the natural world and helping children discover more about their environment. I also believe strong foundations for learning can be built through sharing books and singing songs and being creative and I love doing all these things. 

I am a teacher first and foremost because I love working with children. Building trust and strong relationships is essential and I have always strived to value and cherish each child I have taught. Working with parents, families and teachers in a collaborative way is also extremely important and I am enjoying getting to know all the kaiako and families at Daisies.


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Michelle Williams

Teacher

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

Educator

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. 


Deirdre Van Duyl

 Reliever Teacher

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Ko Deirdre toku ingoa

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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.


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.  


Nicole Beedell

Teacher

Nicole is currently on maternity leave.


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Penny England

Teacher

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.