Kia ora, my name is Rachael, I have been working in Early Childhood Education for over 9 years and have loved every minute of it! I started off taking on the challenge of camp America where I spent three months leading many groups of people of all ages who all had various kinds of disabilities and challenges they each had to face. Once I had finished the camp I came home with an instant realisation of what I wanted to do- teach young children! Since then I have been open to a journey which has lead me through many different experiences with young children, and after spending time supporting adults in teaching from home, I found my new passion in teaching and management together. For me this role is not just a career but instead a way of life, where my passion is caring for and stimulating young children’s minds and supporting everyone around me to be the best they can be. I strive for excellence in teaching in ECE and leading a team of independent thinkers, confident and courageous teachers who share a passion for teaching has become my calling.
Working with children is in my DNA and I’m lucky enough to have been raised by two teachers myself in the small town of Walton in Matamata. As a child I always dreamt of being a teacher like them and I completed my Bachelor in Teaching (Early childhood) in 2011 and am now also fully registered. My passion in teaching is being creative with the tamariki and inspiring their learning through fun and interesting experiences and environments on a daily basis, I love using nature as a tool and developing a natural link between home and centre life. I have taken on the Head teacher role in the under 4 year olds space recently and am enjoying working alongside and supporting the teachers and whanau in our centre and seeing each child grow and learn something different every day.