Our People

Carmella Rangiuia, Centre Manager
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Makayla Atwood, Kaiako / Teacher

Hi, my name is Makayla and I am an early childhood teacher. I live at Waitarere Beach with my fiancé Dylan, daughter Layla and our dog ICE. The opportunity to work at this centre arose and my passion is building relationships with tamariki and getting to know their families. I like to keep things organised but enjoy being arty without being good at art. In my spare time I like being social. Drifting is a huge part of my interests outside of work along with spending time in the company of good friends and family.

Danielle Purcell, Reliever

Hi, I’m Danielle and I’m a kaiako at Learning Adventures Levin. I have worked here for over three years as a casual reliever. I enjoy working with parents to learn the cues and routines of our littlest people in the centre. I love seeing children thriving once they’ve settled and feel a strong sense of belonging. I live out Waitarere Beach, with my son Zavier.

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Maia Kuiti, Reliever

Kia ora my name is Maia. I’m fresh out of Ōtaki College and have been at the centre since school and I am now a relieving teacher at Learning Adventures Levin. I am passionate about upholding bicultural practice and support the team to grow their confidence learning more about Te Ao Maori. I look forward to enjoying my time here. Ngā mihi.

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Leigh Munro , Kaiako / Teacher

Whaea Leigh joins the teaching team as a teacher in training. Leigh is currently completing her Level 5 Early Childhood certificate with UCOL and is working alongside Whaea Rebekah in the Tui class. Whaea Leigh is passionate about providing quality care and supports Rebekah and the rest of our team to provide an environment that fosters tamariki to learn and grown.

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Emily Woodhouse, Kaiako / Teacher

Whaea Emily joins the teaching team as a bubbly teacher in training. Emily is currently completing her Level 4 Early Childhood certificate with Massey and finding her feet in the Kakapo room. Emily enjoys working with tamariki and building relationships with them. Working in centre is supporting Emily to gain hands on experience while completing her studies.

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Scott McGinty , Kaiako / Teacher

Matua Scott joins the teaching team as a in training teacher. Matua Scott has always been interested in gaining more knowledge about the development of children, especially since the birth of his own daughter. Matua Scott brings a different element to the team and responds well to the cues of all our tamariki. Matua Scott values working at a centre where everyone feels like family.

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Braxton Edwards, Kaiako / Teacher
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Bridget Gernhoefer, Qualified and registered Kaiako / Teacher
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Jodi Burling, Reliever
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Denise Berg, Reliever
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Leah Mason, Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora,

I am the administrator at Learning Adventures Levin. I recently moved back to Levin after living in Lower Hutt for 4 years. I am currently a second-year student at Open Polytechnic studying towards my Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.

In my spare time in between study, I am busy spending time with my three daughters who are 7, 4 and 2 years old. We love to go on camping trips, and we spend our weekends at the park or going swimming. I have a passion for working with young children and building relationships with children and their whānau. Working with children is such a special time to watch them grow and develop. My favourite thing about my workday is getting to say hello to everyone in the morning.

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Sharon Smith, Centre Cook

Whaea Sharon is a bubbly personality who brightens our children’s days with delicious food. Whaea Sharon is passionate about cooking and in her spare time wins competitions for her baking. Whaea Sharon supports our centre to follow the Healthy Heart guidelines and loves to see that tamariki enjoying her food. Whaea Sharon loves to spend time on the floor with the tamariki, learning their names and gaining feedback about her meals.

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Asha Salton, Centre Administrator
Soraya Hetariki, Reliever
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Natalie Graves, Reliever