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.

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.

Lora Sheard : Early Childhood Teacher

Lora Sheard

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora my name is Lora. I have a bachelor degree in Early childhood Education, and I am now studying towards my Montessori diploma and my certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori. I have been working in the early childhood sector for 5 years.I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Pebbles family, working along side the teachers, families and children to create an environment that will encourage a life long love of learning for the children.I enjoy developing relationships with families and children that are built on trust and respect, allowing everyone to work together to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for every child.I live locally with my husband and 3 children Mckenzie, Kayla and Hamish. Im my spare time I love to explore our city and travel both here and overseas.

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.

Martina Donohoe-Phillips : Early Childhood Teacher

Martina Donohoe-Phillips

Early Childhood Teacher

My name is Martina and I have joined an amazing team at Pebbles Montessori.
I'm from Ireland where I grew up in a great fun loving family and I'm the eight child of ten children. Our home life was a Montessori life style (although unknown to my mother) who was not aware of Maria Montessori at that time. However we were brought up to be independent and self sufficient. My parents were hard workers and as children we learned to do likewise.. There was a great love of order and routine in the household and certainly boundaries! But what great memories.
I first studied child care in Dublin and I moved on to study Montessori in London and then after my move to Christchurch I do my three years to gain my diploma in early childhood teaching. All in all I have worked with children since I was 19 years old. So a lot of experience under my belt.
My passion is in Montessori and I love watching young children learn in this way, to become self sufficient , independent, confident young learners. Our future generation, who we need to prepare and develop all the skills possible to reach their potential.
I will look forward to teaching and I will get to know all the parents in time.

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.