Our People

Anne Valeli, Centre Manager

How long have you been involved in early childhood?

I’ve been teaching for over 20 years – in fact I’ve taught children that are now teachers themselves! We plant the seeds that get children ready for the next phase of their learning journey – going off to primary school. We give them confidence and build their capabilities, so they are able to conquer this world and be proud of who they are.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love coming to work and seeing all the smiles on the children’s faces. They know me and trust me which makes me feel happy.

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre, and why?

There’s no particular time of the year that I enjoy most – I love it all!  We always have a reason to celebrate at our centre that makes our time special.

What is your ECE philosophy?

Children come here and it’s their place to learn and grow without interruptions and we are here to guide them and lead them.


Diploma in Teaching - ECE

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Teresa , Centre Manager

Teresa was born in Auckland and went to Botany Downs Kindergarten. Graduated from NZTC with a Diploma in Teaching ECE. Teresa spent time traveling before returning to NZ to become a Manager in ECE.

Maree , Kiwi Team Leader

Maree was born in Auckland, and moved to the far north when she was young.  Maree has strong links to Te Tai Tokerau.  Maree is a proud mum to 6 children in a blended family, with 2 daughters, 1 son, 1 step daughter and 2 whangai children.  Maree holds a Diploma in Teaching, and is considering upgrading to the Degree.   

Virginia , Fantail Team Leader

Virginia was born in Auckland and went to Mt Roskill Grammar.  Virginia returned to the classroom 30 years after leaving school and graduated with a Bachelor of Education; Teaching ECE, and has never looked back.