Lia has stepped into the Old MacDonald’s Sapling’s Whānau seamlessly. Lia is a real family girl, taking pride in each of her family members, as well as the values she grew up with, with a special place in her heart for Te Ao Māori. If Lia’s not holding yoga sessions or running alongside our tamariki in the front paddock, she’s filling the classroom with laughter and joy. Lia lives each day to the fullest, like the time she kayaked beside a pod of Orcas in the Raglan harbour, or as a six year old abseiling off the Bridal Veil Falls.
Lia loves the way children see the world and feels that she learns just as much from them as they do from her. Lia loves the many wanderings of children, all the ‘why’ questions, the honesty, curiosity and the privilege of being a part of a child’s first few years of life! Lia is a deep thinker, incredibly in touch with her own emotions, and is always available for our tamariki to snuggle under her wing.
Riding Instructor and Saplings Teacher
They say you should never work with children and animals...Andie says they are missing out!
Confidence, a sense of achievement, and making friends with a pony are just some of the benefits children get from learning to ride. Andie has a gift for calming "nervous nellies" and empowers young riders with skills through games, gentle encouragement, and lots of familiar repetition.
She bought her first pony with her first pay cheque as a 17-year-old city kid who travelled to the countryside twice each day to ride and care for him. Since then she has been devoted to horses and sharing her passion with others, spending the last 20 years teaching kids to ride.
Andie makes every experience as enjoyable and safe as possible (and our ponies are lovely natured and close to the ground), but sometimes falls do happen in riding; the ability to "get back on the horse" helps to teach courage and resilience both in riding and life.
Andie is married to Ben and they live with daughters Devin and Starsha , son Teo , two dogs and a cat. Kash, Bruce, Fifty50 and Spring are the beloved equine family members, and weekends are often spent competing in one day events and show-jumping.
Rachelle’s sunny personality is a reflection of her love for the beach and all things summer.
Rachelle is a real Mother Hen at Old MacDonald’s, full of infinite amounts of love for both tamariki and staff. Rachelle has over 9 years, varied experience in education. Rachelle is amazed by a child’s thirst for knowledge, inquisitiveness and creativity. Rachelle enjoys being a part of everyday magical experiences and of course the cuddles! Rachelle takes a calm and patient approach to teaching, by teaching alongside the child and allowing them to lead the play / lesson. Rachelle is great at making connections, relationships and communicating. She is always hungry for a challenge so introduce yourself and get to know our lovely Shoot’s teacher that is Rachelle!
Teacher In Training - Shoots Teacher
Erin's ethos is in harmony with that of Old MacDonalds. Erin finds joy in extending a child’s own ideas and supporting free play. Don’t let the words unqualified teacher fool you, Erin has done play centre courses and is a fully qualified nanny with 8 years experience caring f or children. Erin is currently in her first year studying Early Childhood Education.
Crisp autumn days where the sky is a brilliant blue are Erin’s favourite. Erin also loves Elephants because they are a family orientated animal and are very clever. As a child Erin aspired to care for elephants. Erin grew up in the city but is a farm girl at heart. As a youngster she would spend weekends and school holidays on her God Parent’s farm. Now Erin is back from the big O.E in London. She still enjoys helping out on the farm and spending time with her family whenever she can.
Teacher In Training - Seedlings Teacher
Our Kierley, full of passion and love , has been working with our Old MacDonald’s Whānau since February 2018. Fiancé to Isaiah and stepmother to 5 year old Noah, Kierley and her Whānau are looking forward to greeting their new addition in February 2019!
Kierley is nearing the end of her first year studying a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, as well as her level 2 certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori. Kierley is a real lover of the beautiful Te Reo Māori, often incorporating words into her tamariki’s everyday learning! Kierley sees great importance in encouraging tamariki to realise their full potential, as well as supporting them in building a strong foundation for later learning. Kierley is rewarded everyday at Old MacDonalds, by being a part of our tamariki’s lives and having the opportunity to help them grow to their full potential.
Shinae is a true child magnet who deeply believes in our philosophy as she is connected to nature.
Her calm and grounding nature makes her an ideal addition to the Seedlings team. Shinae has been working in childcare for the last few years and she takes after her mum who is joining us in the Sapling’s Room.
Shinae has not long returned from her overseas adventure in Europe where she rediscovered her passion and decided that Old MacDonalds is where she wants to be.
Shinaes whole heart and blossoming personality makes her easily approachable and easy to connect with. Her passion for infants shines and she is a natural, grounded child advocate.
When you meet Shinae, you will instantly feel warm as she radiates kindness and embodies the Old MacDonalds spirit.
Ella grew up on a dairy farm, climbing trees and roaming the paddocks with her sisters. As the youngest of three, Ella was over the moon with the birth of her nephew, who is currently in the Shoots room here at Old MacDonalds.
Ella likes how carefree, innocent and adventurous children are, and is continually amazed by the individuality of each child and the knowledge that our tamariki have so young! Ella is trained as a swim teacher and is really looking forward to the new opportunity and challenges that being a swim teacher is going to bring. Ella’s favourite children’s book is “A Proper Little Lady” as she feels she resonates with the main characters adventurous side and admires her individuality as a young girl, as well as rocking the same wild ginger hair Ella had at that age!
Teacher in Training - Relief Teacher
Animated and engaging, Rachel infuses each moment with extra magic, meaning and discovery to make childhood memories that really count.
Whether she is c r e e p i n g and BELLOWING! Through storytelling or creating unique learning experiences to expand and explore little minds, hearts and bodies, Rachel always shares, encourages and supports individuality and self-expression.
Rachel delights in the insight and hilarity of having daily access to the secret lives of children. Through entering this hidden world, she is able to recognise and help provide the personal skill set each child needs to thrive as they grow into active members of society.
Having worked with children for over 10 years, including as a nanny and childcare coordinator, Rachel has no intention of ever leaving the secret world of children and will become a registered ECE teacher in 2018.
At home, she makes meaningful memories every day with husband Mark and daughter Milla, who says her magical Mum is "a star"!
Noeline makes friends like it is her job—and it is. She knows everybody and wants to get to know anybody she doesn't know. Children and adults alike are powerless to resist her sparkling energy, curiosity and positivity!
Children respond to Noeline's humour, care and compassion as she uses practical, tactile creativity to draw out their interests and abilities. Reading, literacy, free play and music are all favourite tools to make learning an engaging and memorable experience.
She is always ready to pick up her guitar for a good old sing-along! As a much-loved ESOL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Noeline is a literacy advocate and devotes much of her time and energy to helping people in the community communicate better.
Noeline is married to Michael and together they have six children and Noeline has an 18 month old step-grandson, who she spoils nearly as much as the true baby of the family, beautiful border collie, Floss!
Red for vibrance.
Purple is a special reminder of my son, and our shared favourite colour.
A kind soul and loving arms are two of Hope’s many attributes that make her a perfect fit for our teaching team.
Hope is a gentle, warm and enthusiastic gem who is very flexible and floats around all of our classrooms as a versatile reliever. This means that she has formed many close bonds with children across the whole centre.
Hope isn’t afraid to get stuck in and a little dirty out in the paddock with the children which shows that she has a big Old MacDonalds heart.
Growing up living and breathing old fashioned values makes her appreciate her job and the impact she has on these children’s lives even more.
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