Teaching team

Our teaching team is the key to doing what we do well.  We employ qualified teachers on permanent contracts; this 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 person to chat through your child's needs and get to know us better.

Anita – Owner/Centre Manager

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...

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Jillian - Head Teacher

My name is Jillian and I joined Red Kite in 2015, before which I completed my high school and bachelor studies in Christchurch.

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Ling - Qualified Teacher

My name is Li Ling and I come from China’s City of Sails – Qingdao. I was born in a Chinese-Korean family and raised in a multi-language and multi-cultural environment.

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Joe - Qualified Teacher

Joe is a NZ qualified and registered early childhood teacher.   Joe is married with a daughter and formerly worked in tourism.  He is also a very accomplished singer!

James - Teacher in Training

Kia ora! My name is James, and I am currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at New Zealand Tertiary College. In December 2020, I completed my master’s degree with distinction at the University of Auckland. Prior to that, I worked in the media and entertainment industry for nearly a decade.
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Mayomi - Qualified Teacher

As well as her NZ teaching qualification, Mayomi holds a childcare diploma from her home country of Sri Lanka and a Bachelor's Degree in Administration after studying in Japan. She has also lived 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 learn!"

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 often at hand for story time.