Our Team

Emma 
Selena
Stacey
Susannah
Greg
Sachini
Richard
Ann
Punsi
Richard Lin
  • Owner and Licensee of Queens Park Early Childhood Education

Susannah Newton
  • Head Teacher and Primary Caregiver Under2s

  • Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

  • Full Registration

  • National Certificate in Social Services Level 6

Kia ora.

I’m Susannah. I am the Head Teacher here at Queens Park Early Childhood Education, and I am also the primary caregiver in the Koru Room (infants and toddlers). 

I have a very long history with Queens Park ECE; I enrolled my youngest daughter here in 2005, although I didn't begin teaching here for a couple of years. 

I strongly value quality early childhood care and education. I am passionate about what I do- I can truly say “I LOVE my job”! I like to practice the RIE/Pickler philosophy of childcare- responding to the child’s cues in a calm and nurturing way and supporting tamariki in their growth and development in a caring, inclusive space.

No matter what, children come first, and the family come a very close second. Respectful relationships with tamariki, whanau, colleagues, agencies and the winder community are integral to being a good teacher. I believe I foster respectful relationships in every part of my practice. 

"I discovered that success has very little to do with education or race or dispostion; it has more to do with principles and following those principles".

Selena Holder
  • Teacher

  • Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

  • Full Registration

Kia Ora friends and Whānau. 

My name is Selena and I have the privilege of being part of the Queens Park ECE whanau since 2018. After spending 6 years teaching at a previous centre I was excited to join the Queens Park whanau to explore and learn new ropes.

 

We are a close and strong team here at QPECE so together with our amazing and creative teaching team we are committed to providing our families with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. 

 

I believe that play is a child's most important work and I strive to create and maintain an environment  where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. 

 

I look forward to having a positive impact on your child's growth and to new discoveries with our amazing team.

 

“By doing what you LOVE, you INSPIRE and awaken the heart of others”

Stacey Tempelman
  •  Transition-to-School Facilitator, Teacher

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

  • PostGradDipT (ECE)

  • Full Registration 

Greg Braddock
  • Teacher

  • Activities co-ordinator

Brittany MacDonald
New Staff Member
  • Teacher

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

  • PostGradDipT (ECE)

  • Full registration

Kia ora! 

 

I'm Brit and I have been teaching and guiding tamariki since graduating primary teaching in 2011. During my study, I discovered the ECE curriculum and I found myself studying the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood in 2014, where I truly found my passion. The rest is history! 

 

In this amazing atmosphere of early childhood education, I really love how the magic of play is naturally woven through our days, where children's natural urges, strengths and interests are supported and embraced and built on so well. I love how children are discovering the world with wonder and joy, while having fun - the learning is so meaningful to them.

 

I enjoy fostering children's holistic development, in an environment of love, respect, fun, and inclusiveness. Within this, supporting children's social and emotional competency, their physical wellbeing, and nurturing their spirit are of great importance. I enjoy equipping tamariki with a growing toolbox of strategies to live with and alongside others in our ever changing world, valuing self regulation and independence. 

 

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

 

I embrace fostering a love for nature and that we are kaitiaki for our world. Risk taking is also important to me, where children can confidently step out of their comfort zone and achieve growth and greatness in a safe environment. I actively scaffold and support tamariki throughout their days to learn and grow, fostering curiosity and discovery, and a love of learning within life.

 

"shine on"

Melissa Palmer
  • Teacher

  • Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

  • Provisional Registration

Kia ora Koutou! 

Ko Melissa tōku ingoa. I am a mother of four and have been teaching since 2015.  I believe in the importance of free play and letting tamariki lead their own learning.

 

I absolutely love the wairua of our centre. Our management ensures that whanaungatanga is the core of our practice - everyone is welcome and included; this means that as a kaiako I am able to have my son here to play and learn alongside me.  

 

My teaching passions are te ao Māori, te taiao - the natural world, and eco-friendly practice. Kaitiakitanga is very important to me.  I believe in nurturing a love of nature in our tamariki and teaching the importance of protecting and cherishing our natural world.

 

Welcome to our centre. I look forward to meeting you!


“Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They are entitled to be taken seriously. They have a right to be treated by adults as equals.” ~ Janusz Korczak

  • BSc.(Hons) in Speech and Hearing science - Spch. & Lang. therapy

 Ann Wilson
  • Student Teacher (Bch.Tch. in ECE)

  • NZ Cert. Education support & care

  • Playgroup trained

  • Cake designer

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