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Marissa Moore : Early Childhood Teacher

Marissa Moore

Early Childhood Teacher

Hi, my name is Marissa.  I am really excited about joining the Pebbles Team.  I have a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching and have been in the ECE sector for nearly 30 years, including 5 years working with Special Needs Children at the Champion Centre.  I have recently returned from living for the past 6 years in Asia and am so happy to back in the same city as both my sons and my 3 grand children.  My passion is without a doubt seeing children grow in knowledge and confidence and become life long learners.

Belinda Slade : Owner

Belinda Slade

Owner

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.

Michelle Dean : Team Leader

Michelle Dean

Team Leader

Kia ora, my name is Michelle.

I have worked as a preschool teacher since 2011 after gaining a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I am passionate about teaching children based on a culture of respect, and love learning alongside them.

I have lived in Christchurch my whole life and am excited to be joining the Pebbles team and being so close to the beach!

Outside of early childhood I enjoy live music, travelling, getting outside in the sunshine and spending time with my friends, family.

Megan Ocheduszko : Early Childhood Teacher

Megan Ocheduszko

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Megan

I am very excited to be officially joining the lovely pebbles team after working as a relief teacher for just under 1 year. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work across all the Pebbles centres with all the different age groups and it has been rewarding getting to know all the staff and children.

I grew up in Nottingham, England and moved to New Zealand in 2015. I completed my Degree in Three Dimension Design at Manchester School of Art specalising in the designing and making of tactile jewellery, something I continue to do in my spare time.

Erin Strange : Early Childhood Teacher

Erin Strange

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora whānau
I'm Erin.
I'm embarking on my last year of my early childhood degree this year which is super exciting and challenging.
I couldn't be happier to be joining the Pebbles team.
I have 2+ years as a preschool teacher for a privately owned center in Ferrymead and 8+ years working as a Nanny locally.
My teaching philosophy is a continuous work in progress as children and the way in which we teach changes. But my core values and morals remain true to who I am and my family.
I am looking forward to supporting your child as they continue on their education journey.
Kate Radcliffe-Reid : Early Childhood Teacher

Kate Radcliffe-Reid

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Kate.

In 2013 I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelors Degree in Teaching and Learning (Primary).

Between now and then my Husband Hugo and I have lived in North America and had our son, Teddington, before settling back down in Christchurch.

I am looking forward to a new adventure working in Early Childhood. I love to learn and further develop myself as a teacher.

Outside of work I love spending time with friends, planning Weddings and Events and enjoying the sunshine!

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.

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Lisa Lawn : Early Childhood Teacher

Lisa Lawn

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Lisa.

I am a trained primary and montessori teacher and am passionate about the Montessori philosophy. My strengths are in supporting and extending children with their learning and actively ensuring the transition to school is a positive and successful experience for everyone. I live in Sumner with my husband and two children, andI  enjoy stand up paddle boarding, camping and being part of our special  community.

Hannah Gallen : Early Childhood Teacher

Hannah Gallen

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Hannah.

I am thrilled to have joined the Pebbles Preschool family. I have completed my Diploma of Teaching, ECE at the New Zealand Early Childhood College of Education. I live with my husband in Somerfield and am enthusiastic about getting outside, surfing, camping and painting. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the families here at Pebbles.

Jodie McWhinnie : Early Childhood Teacher

Jodie McWhinnie

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Jodie.

I am a passionate Montessori and early childhood teacher and have enjoyed being part of both Pebbles Montessori and Pebbles Preschool. I enjoy music, art and crafts, always on the look out for ideas and activities to bring into the classroom.  I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I graduated in 2004 with a Diploma of Teaching ECE and attained the Aperfield Trust Diploma in Montessori Education in 2007.

Anna Mackinnon : Assistant Teacher

Anna Mackinnon

Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Anna Mackinnon.

I have enjoyed being a part of Pebbles Preschool when it opened in 2010. I live in Sumner with my husband and 2 children Marcel and Skye. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. Privately as a nanny for 15 years and as a part time teacher at Pebbles. I hold a Foundation Certificate of Teaching ECE.

Katherine Robb : Early Childhood Teacher

Katherine Robb

Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora Koutou, my name is Katherine.

I have been teaching in Early Childhood Centres for over twenty years. I have a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I have loved teaching at Pebbles since it opened in 2010 and have especially enjoyed watching the children develop over the years and seeing their siblings coming along - this is very special. I live in Sumner with my husband and have three daughters Annie, Molly and Katie. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening, reading and Pilates.

Melinda Wong : Centre Manager

Melinda Wong

Centre Manager

Kia ora my name is Melinda Wong but am known as Mindy.

I am a teacher in the Tui room at Pebbles. I have Bachelors degree in early childhood and have eight years of teaching experience.  I grew up in Sumner and it is great being apart of this special community as an adult. Outside of work I enjoy good food, spending time with family and friends, swimming and enjoying the beautiful walking tracks around Christchurch.