For the Love of Learning

Pebbles Preschool Sumner

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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.

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Amanda Kidman

Office Administrator

Kia ora, my name is Amanda 

I am trained in Early Childhood Education and have a back round in working in both Early Childhood Centres and Home Based Care within the sector in New Zealand. For the past five years I have lived in Australia where I attained a Diploma in Human Resources and enjoyed working in the Not for Profit Sector. 

In my spare time I love spending time with my family, getting into a good book and being outdoors.

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Daisy Slade

 

Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Daisy

I am the centre manager at Pebbles Preschool. I also manage Pebbles Montessori Sumner on Campbell St and have been in that role for two years. I love being on the floor with the tamariki as well as organising the office and making sure paper work is up to date! I started off gaining a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at University but quickly decided that teaching was where my passion lay and completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching, which led me to where I am today.

I enjoy learning and growing alongside the great team of teachers, as well as the children, and I look forward to building my relationships with our whanau here at Pebbles.

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Millie Allan

Kaiako

Kia ora my name is Millie

 

I am really enjoying being a part of the team here at Pebbles. In 2020 I completed my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Over the past ten years I have worked as a Nanny in the UK as well as a teacher here in Christchurch. I enjoy the outdoors and I'm often off on adventures in my spare time. Creating a safe, fun loving environment with strong connections is key to my teaching practice.

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Tracie Millar

 

Assistant Manager

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 in Teaching ECE and I am a fully registered teacher. I live withmy 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 and it has been great getting out and exploring what Christchurch has to offer. 

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Katherine Robb

Kaiako

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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Roseanne Taurima

 Kaiako

 

 

Kia ora, my name is Roseanne

I have had many interesting jobs working with children such as on a television show and as an atelierista. I have now been working within the education
sector for five years and I have recently received my qualification for a Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood education). My teaching philosophy views children as masters of their own learning and I see my role, as a teacher, as a facilitator of a vehicle for learning. In my spare time I enjoy shopping for second-hand treasures, crafting up a storm and tramping in the wilderness.

 

 

 

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Tom McNulty

Kaiako

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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Anna Mackinnon

Kaiako

Kia ora, my name is Anna

I have lived in Sumner most of my life.I have travelled through Asia,Europe and the UK extensively. In my spare time I study European history,from the 12-18 centuries.And have a great passion for all things French!!

I have worked with 0-18 for 30 years. Privately as a nanny for 20 years and as a teacher at Pebbles for 10 years.

I hold a Foundation Certificate of Teaching ECE. I have experience and interest/passion for children with learning disabilities.

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Lisa Lawn

Kaiako

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, and I  enjoy stand up paddle boarding, camping and being part of our special  community.

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Hannah Gallen

Kaiako

Kia ora, My name is Hannah

I have had the pleasure of teaching in Early Childhood Education over the passed 10 years. I gained my Diploma of Teaching ECE in 2015 while working here at Pebbles Preschool. I am especially passionate about caring for our littlest tamariki and am excited to return from maternity leave to support the team in the Pukeko Room.

I live in North New Brighton with my husband Christian and my two preschool-aged daughters.
I love surfing, drinking coffee and going on spontaneous family adventures!

 

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Pip Smith

Kaiako

Kia ora, My name is Pip

 

I have been teaching in the Early Childhood 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 florish in a positive, holistic environment and I feel very privileged to be a part of it here at Pebbles Preschool.