Our teaching team is the key to doing what we do well. We employ full time, permanent, qualified staff which allows us to invest in our team's professional development, and gives children the continuity they need to feel happy and secure. Meet our teachers below, or feel free to come in in person to chat through your child's needs and get to know us better.
Anita – Owner/Head Teacher
"I hold an M.A. (Hons) in History and a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). I started in the early childhood field with my own three boys..."
Jillian - Head Teacher (Maternity Leave)
"My name is Jillian and I joined Red Kite in 2015, before which I completed my high school and bachelor studies in Christchurch."
Joe - NZTC student teacher
Joe is a student teacher who will soon graduate from NZTC. He has been working with us on Wednesdays and Thursdays since early 2019 as part of his teacher training. Joe is married with a daughter and formerly worked in tourism. He is also a very accomplished singer!
Sylvia - Teacher
I was born and raised in Shanghai before I set out on my own journey to Auckland in 2014. Working with children is one of my dreams. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in 2018. Equipped with the latest skills and knowledge, I love supporting children at Red Kite Preschool to grow, play and learn holistically.
I believe that learning is happening when children are playing and exploring. Children are born scientists with imagination and curiosity who are ready to explore and learn about the wider world. I am passionate about creating a safe and inspiring learning environment where they can play and explore freely.
Judy - Owner/Manager
Judy is the one staff member not on the teaching team! Her background is a business one and she runs the administration aspects of the Centre.
Judy graduated in History and Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, and joined IBM as a graduate hire before going overseas. In London she worked in sales, marketing and business development roles before joining an Internet startup at the beginning of the tech boom. After the company was bought out by Cable and Wireless, Judy changed career and worked in property. Her roles later in her career were in regional sales management for big UK housebuilders, managing teams and resolving customer issues.
At Red Kite, Judy takes charge of management and administration but is always at hand for story time.
Mayomi - Teacher
Mayomi holds a childcare diploma from her home country of Sri Lanka, but also a Bachelor's Degree in Administration after studying in Japan. She has also worked in Dubai, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan, working with children in roles for the UN. Not surprisingly, she loves to travel!
"I love to encourage children to face challenges and build their confidence. I have a passion for working with children and helping them in a creative manner. I also love to sing and dance with children and it's one of my strategies when teaching them. My motto is "make it fun and they will lean!"
Mayomi is currently studying for her NZ teaching qualification through NZTC.
Kanchana - Teacher
Kanchana has worked with young children in her native Sri Lanka as well as here in New Zealand. She gained her formal teaching qualification from NZTC, graduating in 2019.