For the Love of Learning

Pebbles Preschool Sumner

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.

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.



Marissa Moore

Centre Manager


Kia ora, my name is Marissa

I am really excited about joining the Pebbles Team.  I have a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching and have been in the ECE sector for nearly 30 years, including 5 years working with Special Needs Children at the Champion Centre.  I have recently returned from living for the past 6 years in Asia and am so happy to back in the same city as both my sons and my 3 grand children.  My passion is without a doubt seeing children grow in knowledge and confidence and become life long learners.

Melissa Speller

Assistant Manager

Kia ora, my name is Melissa

I have been teaching in early childhood education for 16 years and it is my passion to see children learn and grow into confident and competent children/ adults. I recently got married and we like to spend a lot of time together. Some of our hobbies are walking, spending time with friends, gardening, fishing and helping friends and family when they need it.  

Lisa Lawn

Early Childhood Teacher

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.

Melinda Wong

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Melinda

I am known as Mindy

 I have Bachelors degree in early childhood and have over ten years of teaching experience.  I grew up in Sumner and it is great being apart of this special community as an adult. Outside of work I enjoy good food, spending time with family and friends, swimming and enjoying the beautiful walking tracks around Christchurch.

Hannah Gallen

Early Childhood Teacher

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Maree


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