For the Love of Learning

Pebbles Sumner Montessori

Belinda Slade

Owner

Kia ora, my name is Belinda

I am a trained early childhood teacher and primary  teacher with special needs experience. I have always aspired to owning a very unique and special preschool and am thrilled that there are now three Pebbles Preschools in the Christchurch area! I moved from England to Christchurch in 2000 with my husband and two children, Sam and Daisy. I enjoy being on the teaching floor, walking my labradoodle dogs, reading and swimming.

Jemma Smithson

General Manager

Kia ora, my name is Jemma

I have been teaching in The Early Childhood sector for over 20 years. I am passionate about leadership and ensuring our children at Pebbles have the best quality education and care here in Christchurch.  Together with my husband Nick and two children Bryn and Elsie, we enjoy camping and traveling together.

Daisy Slade

Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Daisy

I am excited to join the Pebbles Team after graduating with my Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Eduction. I have recently returned from living in Spain with my partner Alex. I look forward to leading the fabulous team and building my relationships with our families and whānau here at Pebbles.

Joanna Beadle

Early Childhood Teacher

Hi everyone,

My name is Joanna Beadle and I am excited to be a part of the Pebbles Montessori team as a key teacher. I have 15 years’ experience in early childhood education including 5 years in a Montessori preschool. I have 2 grown-up daughters who live in Dunedin and work in the hospital there – one as a sonographer and the other as a registered nurse.  They are both graduates from a Montessori preschool and I believe the wonderful foundation of learning they experienced at an early age, set them on their respective successful pathways. I am a firm advocate of the Montessori approach to education and I am delighted to be part of your child’s learning journey as we work through the beautifully prepared environment at Pebbles Montessori together.

Suz O'Neill

 

Early Childhood Teacher

My name is Suz O'Neill and I am very pleased to return to Pebbles to help out until the right Montessori teacher is found for this team. I have 25+ years of experience and have prior Montessori teaching and training. I am also a professional mentor for teachers and teams in the early childhood sector and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Erica Dobbelsteyn

Teacher

 

Hi everyone! My name is Erica and I am very excited to be taking on the role of a key teacher here at Pebbles Montessori. I have been living in Christchurch for just over a year now and have enjoyed every minute of New Zealand. I travelled from Ontario Canada after receiving my bachelor's degree in Child and Youth Development and later received my Teaching and Learning Diploma at the University of Canterbury. Outside of work, I am a dedicated senior volunteer for Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. I work primarily with New Zealand’s lovely native birds and parrots. I also have been trained in all forms of dance and have enjoyed my work as a dance teacher for the past 5 years. 

I look forward to getting to know everyone! 

Kristi Daly

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Kristi

I am a trained early childhood and Montessori teacher with 23 years experience in teaching, management and tertiary education. I work permanent part-time at Pebbles Cashmere and am currently also 1-2 days per alternate weeks until Christmas 2020 here at Pebbles Sumner.

At the heart of my philosophy continues to be my commitment to responsive relationships with children, families and the teaching team, coupled with providing rich learning experiences for ākonga.  Our goal is to foster an intrinsic natural desire where children develop a quest for knowledge and a love of learning. 

 I am married with two children, Ella and Harry. We have two Bichon Poodles and an adorable kitten. 

Pip Smith

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Pip

 

I have been teaching in the Early Childhood Sector for over 35 years in the role of owner, manager and as a teacher.

I am passionate about the Montessori philosophy and how it enriches a child's life. 

It is a joy to see children flourish in a positive, holistic environment and I feel very privileged to be a part of it here at Pebbles Montessori. 

Pip Smith

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Pip

 

I have been teaching in the Early Childhood Sector for over 35 years in the role of owner, manager and as a teacher.

I am passionate about the Montessori philosophy and how it enriches a child's life. 

It is a joy to see children flourish in a positive, holistic environment and I feel very privileged to be a part of it here at Pebbles Montessori. 

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