Our People

Leigh Sherratt, Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?  

I love children, and I love being able to be a part of their learning, development and growth. 

How long have you been working in this sector?  

Ten years. 

What do you love most about what you do?  

Supporting our children to learn, grow and develop, making connections with whanau and families, and mentoring the teachers within the team.  

What are three things that make your centre special? 

Our teaching team; our whanau and families and the relationships we have with them; and our awesome location, just a short walk from the local park, library and town.

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre? 

I don't have a favourite time of the year, but I do enjoy the different seasons of the year and the different opportunities they provide us to support our children's learning and development.

What is your personal ECE philosophy? 

I teach from the heart and am guided by the experience and  knowledge I have gained throughout the years.  This ensures that I am able to support and nurture the children within our environment in an authentic and meaningful way. I love making connections with children, parents, families, whanau and other educators and it is my job to ensure that our children are given the best education and care that we can provide.

Fully registered early childhood teacher. 

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Stormie Vaega , Head Teacher

Hi my name is Stormie, I was born in Auckland and raised in the western bay of plenty, I have lived in Whakamarama for over 20 years, I was brought up in a family of three sisters and one brother and throughout my early twenties became more focused on my love for children. I am frequently seen interacting with any child at any event I go to. I teach from the heart and I’m passionate about becoming familiar with each child that I come into contact with in a authentic, loving, caring and nurturing way. I have been a team leader for over 4 years and have a love of mentoring and supporting the team in which I work within. I love making connections with children, parents, families, whanau and other educators and believe that it is my job to ensure whatever setting I am in that our children are given the best education and care that we can provide