Our People

Donna Railey
Centre Manager

Donna has been a part of the Learning Adventures Warkworth whanau for over 8 years. She holds a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and has enjoyed over 13 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings.

Donna is passionate about quality education and is a true advocate for all tamariki.  Her ability to lead and inspire her team is evident in her enthusiasm and passion for Early Childhood Education.  She is a motivator with inspiring ideas and provides her team with support to grow and flourish. She holds the simple yet valuable wish that each child, family and teacher will enjoy a positive learning journey as a part of the Learning Adventures Warkworth whānau.  

Michelle Wewege
Piwakawaka/Tui Head Teacher

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and over 10 years of teaching experience in New Zealand. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Michelle owned Early Childhood centres in her homeland South Africa.

Michelle is extremely passionate about quality care for children, each child becomes one of her own, and she believes that when a child is well cared for, their learning thrives. Her philosophy of care embraces the environment, ensuring the environment is beautiful and engaging for each child, with opportunities for self-driven play.

Speaking both Afrikaans and English, as well as incorporating Te Reo, Michelle shares her great knowledge and experiences with the children in adventurous and loving ways.

Savanya Ashworth
Nest Head Teacher

Savanya has been a part of the Learning Adventures team for over 5 years and leads our Nest team in creating a warm, engaging and nurturing environment for our youngest children. She holds a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and has a thirst for continuous learning.

Savanya holds a strong belief that the first years of a child's life are critical in their development and ensures she provides a space that nurtures the child's emotional well being first and foremost. She is passionate about embracing the natural world into children's learning, and embeds respectful practice into each child's day. 

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