Our People

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Shona Shields, Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

I wanted to provide care and education for children in a group environment, while working with families in supporting their children to learn lifelong skills.

How long have you been working in this sector?

Over 20 years

What do you love most about what you do?

I love to work with children of all ages and cultures, I love that children amaze, inspire, teach me and put a smile on my face, with their wonderful ways of thinking and viewing of the world around them.

What makes Learning Adventures Masterton special?

We have a small licence of just 23, which gives our centre a strong family feeling. We’ve also got a large outside area surrounded by mature trees and a creek, and we are conveniently located on the UCOL campus and close to central Masterton’s shops.

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

Winter, as the children are all inside,  and you can hear the busy sound of children having conversations with their friends and teachers as they involve themselves in fun learning experiences.

What is your personal ECE philosophy?

I feel it is a privilege to work with children of all ages and cultures. Each and every day children amaze, inspire, teach me and put a smile on my face, with their wonderful ways of thinking and viewing of the world around them. I believe in holistic learning and development, where I enjoy helping to make children feel physically, socially and emotionally safe and satisfied in order to help them to reach and achieve their individual learning potential.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Fully Registered Teacher

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Nicki Pye, Head Teacher

My name is Nicki I have a Bachelor of Education in early Childhood which I completed at Te Tari Puna Ora oAoteraroa at the end of December 2013. I love living in the Wairarapa with my family of 5 and my husband.

I am a dedicated early childhood teacher with a passion for children’s learning and care.

In my current role I am responsible for delivering creative learning and play activities for children age birth to five years. I also work with the teaching team to help craft the centres curricula.  I have developed strong skills in creating fun learning activities and teaching materials, observing and reporting on child development and conduct, and developing rapport with children, families and fellow staff members.  

I believe that the quality of education a person receives in early life is indispensable in bringing out that persons potential, and that all children should have access to quality learning and care.