Our Staff

Belinda Slade : Owner

Belinda Slade


Kia ora, my name is Belinda.

I am a trained early childhood teacher and primary  teacher with special needs experience. I have always aspired to owning a very unique and special preschool and am thrilled that there are now three Pebbles Preschools in the Christchurch area! I moved from England to Christchurch in 2000 with my husband and two children, Sam and Daisy. I enjoy being on the teaching floor, walking my labradoodle dogs, reading and swimming.

Laura O’Shea : Early Childhood Teacher

Laura O’Shea

Early Childhood Teacher

I have a degree in Montessori Early Childhood Education and completed my studies in Ireland, my home country. I am a passionate Montessori teacher and am looking forward to sharing my wealth of knowledge with Pebbles. I joined the Pebbles team in October 2017 after spending the last 5 years working in a Montessori school in Christchurch,  Adelaide and South Australia. The outside environment is important to me and in my spare time I  enjoy running, CrossFit, surfing and playing rugby.

Angela Johns : Centre Manager

Angela Johns

Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Angela.

I am an early childhood, primary and montessori trained teacher. I have a passion for early childhood and truly value a naturalistic environment and a philosophy based on respect for our young generation. I have an adorable one year old son, who is teaching me new things every day. I am very fortunate to be part of the Pebbles team again and look forward to meeting you, your child and whanau.
Olivia Rose : Early Childhood Teacher

Olivia Rose

Early Childhood Teacher

Hi my name is Olivia, I am currently in my third year of centre based training and have been working in ECE for four years. I am very passionate about early childhood teaching and the Montessori philosophy. I come from a Fine Arts background and I am enthusiastic about implementing art and creativity into our curriculum in a variety or ways. I grew up in Governors Bay and enjoy going back to visit, I enjoy catching up with friends and family, spending time with my fiance and doing a bit of painting and drawing. I look forward to meeting you all and being part of the  team at Pebbles.

Liwliwa Albornoz : Early Childhood Teacher

Liwliwa Albornoz

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora!

My name is LILY (LIWLIWA), I am the new breaks teacher, covering teachers' morning tea/ lunch and non contact times in both Tui and Kea Room.

I have a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher from  Canterbury University as well as lots of Montessori experience. I have been teaching for nearly 10 years.

I live with my husband in Hoon Hay and I have a daughter and a grandson who live in America.

I love singing, dancing, baking, and creating games.

I believe that allowing the child to work independently will give them more confidence and self - discovery.

Bushra Shahabdeen : Early Childhood Teacher

Bushra Shahabdeen

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora whanau, my name is Bushra Shahabdeen. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood and Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood. I have been teaching for 13 years in Montessori schools. I have been working as a Teacher, Head Teacher and Centre Manager throughout my teaching career. I am passionate about Montessori and would love to share my knowledge with your children. I am privileged to watch them grow and develop their young mind, and being part of their journey.

I am married with two daughters, Shihana and Shameelah. I am from Sri Lanka and lived in Dubai for 13 years. We moved to New Zealand 16 years ago, enjoying the kiwi culture. I love traveling and visiting different Montessori schools in other part of the world.

I am very excited to be part of your team and look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion with you all at Pebbles Montessori.

Chelsea Eather : Early Childhood Teacher

Chelsea Eather

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora! Hello my name is Chelsea but my family and friends call me Chels. I have my Australian Diploma of Children’s Services and have been working in the childcare industry for the past nine years and have enjoyed every moment of it.

I grew up in a small coastal village south of Sydney called Stanwell Park, I moved over to New Zealand to support my partner as he helps with the rebuild of the Christchurch hospital and I  feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work and learn in such a beautiful country. When I’m not at work I’m usually outdoors in the garden, reading or spending quality time with family and friends. I am a huge Walt Disney and Studio Ghibil fan, and my favourite story of all time would have to be Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”.

I am look forward to getting to know all the children and families here at Pebbles and to learn from the amazing teachers here.

Kristi Daly : Early Childhood Teacher

Kristi Daly

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Kristi.. 
I am a trained early childhood and Montessori teacher with 23 years experience in teaching, management and tertiary education. 
At the heart of my philosophy continues to be my commitment to responsive relationships with children, families and the teaching team, coupled with providing rich learning experiences for ākonga.  Our goal is to foster an intrinsic natural desire where children develop a quest for knowledge and a love of learning. 
 I am married with two children, Ella and Harry. We have two Bichon Poodles and an adorable kitten. I look forward to sharing this exciting journey at Pebbles with you and your child. 
Luckmini Ranchagoda : Early Childhood Teacher

Luckmini Ranchagoda

Early Childhood Teacher

Hi my name is Luckmini I am from Sri Lanka and moved to Christchurch a few years ago with my husband and three children.

I completed my AMI Montessori training 30 years ago and set up my own Montessori preschool in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, I hold a diploma in childcare management and a Diploma in early childhood development and education. I am hoping to complete NZQA requirements so that my teacher registration will be recognized here in New Zealand.

I am looking forward to teaching and learning with the Pebbles staff with the depth of my Montessori knowledge and I hope my calm and positive personality will be an asset to our Tui classroom.

Fleur Milne : Early Childhood Teacher

Fleur Milne

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora whanau, my name is Fleur Milne. I have a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching for six years. I am passionate about nurturing a love and passion for active exploration in young children and truly believe the foundations for a lifelong love of learning are set in the early years.

Prior to venturing into Early Childhood Education I was a youth worker and worked with in both the public and community fields.

I have a beautiful family made up of my hubby Luke, my daughter Maisie and me. We love enjoying every moment we can together and can be usually be found frolicking in the garden or snuggled up on the couch reading books.


Mel Lawson : Team Leader

Mel Lawson

Team Leader

Kia ora my name is Mel Lawson.

I trained as an early childhood teacher at Rangi Ruru. The emphasis on respect within the Montessori environment aligns well with my peaceful and calm philosophy. Outside of being a teacher I enjoy being being part of my daughter, Shania’s schooling community. I love being in the garden, and being social with friends and family. I am in a band and enjoy music, which is evident in my practice. I look forward to being your child's Nursery teacher, while enjoying our journey together.

Kelly Black : Operational Manager

Kelly Black

Operational Manager

Kia Ora my name is Kelly.

I have been teaching in The Early Childhood sector for over 16 years and I have a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning ECE. I enjoy working here at Pebbles and it has been a pleasure getting to know all of the families and watching the children grown and develop. I live with my husband Cliff and my two children Lucas and Katie. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family mountain biking, skiing and going on 4WD trips in our Jeep.