The Midcity Team
We believe in our staff and know that they are the key to a great Childcare Centre. We have chosen our staff with care, knowing they will care for yours and our children. We would like to introduce them to you:
Ange is an outgoing and friendly person, who is married to Darryn and is a Mum to 3 lovely daughters. Ange has been in the Early Childhood sector for over 25 years and has worked in a variety of centres including her own for 8 years.
Ange is very passionate and focused about providing the best possible care and education for the children in our centre. She knows that great teachers are what makes a wonderful centre and is focused on continuing to grow and develop our teachers to be the best they can be. Working in partnership with parents is paramount to children and their families having a strong sense of belonging to our Midcity Whanāu, and Ange really enjoys building these important relationships.
Tracey is the mum of 3 and loves being surrounded by children. She is a respectful and caring teacher working in the Infants since 2011. Tracey is a primary trained teacher but has since realised that under 2’s is her passion. She believes in children being able to learn and develop at their own pace in a calm and nurturing environment. Her favourite part of this younger age group is being able to see their developmental milestones and the beautiful relationships that are built with the children and their families.
Jo is one of our longest serving teachers at Midcity and is particularly fond of working with infants. She has a very peaceful, calm manner which creates a lovely atmosphere for our babies. Jo feels strongly about putting their needs first and believes that the caring and respectful relationships we develop and share with them are crucial to their happiness and future success.
Becs is married with 2 children. She has always been involved with and had a real love for children. Becs is a qualified and registered teacher with over 18 years’ experience. She believes that children learn best through unhurried, calm and positive interactions with educators that are attuned to their needs. Becs looks forward to working alongside you, nurturing your children to learn and grow.
Sacha has been working in the Early Childhood sector since 2006, and has a special bond with our babies. She is always available for hugs with our younger children and has a lovely calm manner. Sacha is a very happy, positive person and is respectful in her teacher practice.
Louise is married with two gorgeous children. She is a fun and enthusiastic teacher who has been teaching a variety of age groups at Midcity since 2006. Louise is passionate about her role leading the Toddler Team and believes that children should be having fun while being engaged in their play. She knows that when children are happy and have a strong sense of belonging, they will thrive in our learning environment.
Lisa is a mother of two amazing resilient young adults and has been teaching for over eighteen years. Lisa believes that the early years are the most important years of a child’s life where the foundations of who a child will be developed. She is passionate about creating relationships with children and their families through a loving, caring environment, full of support and encouragement and lot of fun opportunities for children to learn, grow and be awesome.
Since making the move from China, Tony has lived in Auckland with his family for 3 years and he loves the culture and lifestyle in this wonderful country. His daughter adores her high school life so much that he commutes between Auckland and Hamilton each week. Tony is a fully qualified teacher and is always enthusiastic and has so much fun with the tamariki. He feels very blessed to work at Midcity with the awesome tamariki and great colleagues. He really enjoys the quality interactions with the tamariki and their well-being is always his priority.
Anneliese has been working alongside children for the past 7 years. She believes in supporting and nurturing individuality and providing opportunities that encourage a love of learning. Anneliese is passionate about building respectful relationships with children and whānau and believes that positive relationships are important for optimal growth. Outside of work, Anneliese enjoys playing sports, spending time with loved ones, spoiling her fur babies and getting lost in nature.
Charisse has been passionate about early childhood for as long as she can remember. She finished her ECE Diploma at Waikato University after her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and English. Charisse is excited to be working alongside the other Toddler teachers and to help support our tamariki in their development in her second year of teaching.
Charisse is originally from South Africa but has been in New Zealand for 9 years and got married to her kiwi husband in January 2017. Charisse is looking forward to getting to know you and your whānau.
(Currently on maternity leave)
Erena enjoys working with different age groups; however her true passion is with the Kindy aged children. She is passionate about creating an environment that is rich in fun opportunities for children to engage in and prepare for their future learning and transition to school. Erena is a mother of 4 and when not at work enjoys spending time with her family.
Jason is a very caring and fun teacher who is loved by all the children. He has worked throughout the centre with all three age-groups, and is currently a teacher in the Kindy where the older children really enjoy having a male role model around. Jason is passionate about Nature and continues to provide lots of amazing opportunities for the children with the incredible creatures he brings to live at Midcity. He is also a wonderful encourager of gross motor development and is often found extending the children in this valuable area of our curriculum.
Shannon’s journey as a kaiako began with a primary school qualification but she has found Early Childhood Education to be much more rewarding. She believes that the tamariki learn best through play, where they are able to take charge of the direction of their own learning, set their own challenges, assess risks for themselves, and experiment with solving the problems they encounter. By facilitating an environment where play is valued, we are assisting the tamariki of Midcity to become self-managing, life-long learners.
Megan is passionate about healthy eating and creates the most delicious and nutritious meals for our children. She has a very calm and happy manner and loves interacting with the teachers and children. Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and riding her beloved horse.
Amina is married with two daughters. Originally from Pakistan, New Zealand has been her home since 2010. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature and completed her Graduate Diploma in ECE from University of Canterbury. She has been working as an ECE Teacher for the last nine years and is very passionate about it. Reciprocal and responsive relationships with tamariki, through being sensitively attuned – Ngā whakawhanaungatanga – is at the heart of her teaching philosophy as she believes that it contributes to tamariki developing a sense of security and competence.
Natalie has been at Midcity since 2007 and has experience in all 3 areas. Currently, she is the calm and friendly face you will find in the office. Natalie is married and has 2 beautiful children, who keep her very busy outside of work.
Alice is mum to 2 boys. With a certificate in catering, she brings years of experience in cooking to the centre. Alice is passionate about food and nutrition and provides the children with a variety of cooked lunches and tasty snacks.
(Currently on maternity leave)