For the Love of Learning

Pebbles Preschool Sumner

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Belinda Slade


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.

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Lisa Lawn

Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Lisa

I am a trained Primary and Montessori teacher and am passionate about the Montessori philosophy. My strengths are in supporting and extending children with their learning and actively ensuring the transition to school is a positive and successful experience for everyone. I live in Sumner with my husband and two children, andI  enjoy stand up paddle boarding, camping and being part of our special  community.

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Hannah Gallen

Early Childhood Teacher


(On Maternity Leave Currently)

Kia ora, my name is Hannah

I am thrilled to have joined the Pebbles Preschool family. I have completed my Diploma of Teaching, ECE at the New Zealand Early Childhood College of Education. I live with my husband and daughter in North New Brighton and am enthusiastic about getting outside, surfing, camping and painting. 

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Anna Mackinnon

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Anna 

I have enjoyed being a part of Pebbles Preschool when it opened in 2010. I live in Sumner with my husband and 2 children Marcel and Skye. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. Privately as a nanny for 15 years and as a part time teacher at Pebbles. I hold a Foundation Certificate of Teaching ECE.

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Tom McNulty

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Tom

I have worked as a preschool teacher since 2010 after gaining a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I am passionate about teaching children based on a culture of respect, and love learning alongside them.

I have lived in Christchurch my whole life and am excited to be joining the Pebbles team and being so close to the beach!

Outside of early childhood I enjoy live music, travelling, getting outside in the sunshine and spending time with my friends, family.

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Pip Smith

Tui Key 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 Preschool Nayland St. 

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Kirsty Hancock

Office Administrator




Kia ora, my name is Kirsty

I was born and raised in the UK but have proudly called Canterbury home for the past 25 years so you could say I am a local now! I have worked in the education field in the UK, Hong Kong and NZ in various positions and really enjoy working in this sector.

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Jodie McWhinnie

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Jodie

I am a passionate Montessori and early childhood teacher and have enjoyed being part of both Pebbles Montessori and Pebbles Preschool. I enjoy music, art and crafts, always on the look out for ideas and activities to bring into the classroom.  I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I graduated in 2004 with a Diploma of Teaching ECE and attained the Aperfield Trust Diploma in Montessori Education in 2007.

Katherine Robb

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Katherine

I have been teaching in Early Childhood Centres for over twenty years. I have a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I have loved teaching at Pebbles since it opened in 2010 and have especially enjoyed watching the children develop over the years and seeing their siblings coming along - this is very special. I live in Sumner with my husband and have three daughters Annie, Molly and Katie. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening, reading and Pilates.

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Tracie Miller

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Tracie. I have been teaching in the Early Childhood Sector for over 10 years. I am excited that I have joined the Pebbles Preschool family where I can continue my passion for teaching the younger children here at Pebbles. I have a Diploma of Teaching ECE and I am a fully registered teacher. I live at home with my husband and have 3 children who are young adults, when at home I like to spend time with the family and the many pets that we have. I moved here from Invercargill 2 years ago so it has been great getting out and exploring what Christchurch as to offer.

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Brooke Rose Zammit-Ross 

Support Teacher

Tena Koutou,


I have recently discovered my passion for early childhood education and have started my journey with Pebbles to further my studies.  I love exploring the natures of each individual and celebrating their achievements along the way. I have been teaching and learning with a range of ages which makes me adapt accordingly to each of their abilities. I thoroughly enjoy  teaching as I am forever gaining new knowledge and teaching strategies.


Ka kite

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Helen Rutherford




Kia ora koutou katoa, hello everyone.


My name is Helen and I started at Pebbles in October 2020. I have a Bachelor of Teaching ECE and have been teaching for 15 years. I am Christchurch born and bred. I am married with an adult daughter who is also training to be a early childhood teacher.   Out of work I am involved in women’s ministries at my church, I enjoy walking around the hills and Banks Peninsula, eating out, and relaxing.