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Our teachers

Renata McIlroy
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I am originally from Brazil and also the mum of three children, an eight-year-old girl and twin boys who are six years old. I also have a Cavoodle dog named Daisy.  

I value the respectful, responsive and reciprocal relationships that I build with children, their whᾱnau and my colleagues. I believe that by actively listening and engaging with children and their families, together we can participate in experiences that are meaningful and enriching to all of us.

I am passionate about diversity and embracing the authenticity of each and every child. I believe that by accepting and respecting children for who they are, and by teaching them that everyone is unique, and that the uniqueness of each individual adds colour to the world, we are helping them to be confident, respectful and considerate human beings.

Grace Frewin


As an early childhood teacher, I seek to support a warm learning environment where children feel safe and secure and have the time, space, and learning experiences tailored to each child’s innate interests and abilities. Inspired by the Montessori philosophy, I value agency and empowerment and believe that my role as an ECE teacher is to facilitate children to use a range of resources to learn and grow.

The foundation of my teaching philosophy is born from relationships; I strongly value the partnerships between children, their families, the community, and the environment. These relationships are established on the culture of kindness, working together to provide children with the wrap-around support needed to be confident and capable learners.

Mata Priest
Head Teacher

I believe that a beautifully prepared environment plays a vital role in the success of fostering and nurturing the whole child. It can lay the necessary foundations for children to learn independently, form bonds/socialize, and understand the world around them. As a teacher, I strive to create such an environment with a child-centered atmosphere, where they are given the opportunity to participate in meaningful learning experiences unique to them. 

I also believe in the importance of whanau, culture and whenua. Incorporating these aspects in day-to-day learning can strengthen children’s confidence, sense of belonging and potential. As each child is on a unique journey, I hope to inspire them along the way and use my knowledge and skills to see that they flourish and succeed in themselves, and develop as positive, caring and respectful citizens of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

I am originally from Scotland and have lived in New Zealand for six years. I have a five-year-old boy, three-year-old girl and a third baby on the way. We have a black and white cat called Mila who loves nothing more than a good cuddle!

I have been a teacher for almost twelve years, working in both classrooms and tutoring children in the local community. I have always had a love for learning and feel passionate about transferring this enthusiasm to the children in my care, inspiring them to build a natural curiosity for the world around them. I value collaboration between all significant individuals in a child’s life to help nurture confident, empathetic and responsible individuals.

I look forward to meeting you and your whānau and working together to provide your child with an enriching and loving start to their learning journey.

Gina Schuwer
Jessie Wang

Kia ora, my name is Jessie. I am originally from Shanghai, China and I have a four-year-old son. I am fluent in both English and Mandarin.

I have worked as a qualified ECE teacher since 2010. Teaching young children is my passion. I believe each child is a unique, confident and competent learner. I value the holistic development of children to achieve their full potential. As a teacher, helping children progress in all their developmental area is a challenge but is also rewarding. I enjoy being part of their learning journey and watch them grow at their own pace.

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