MEET OUR TEAM
Bethlehem Early Learning Centres Manager
My name is Lorraine Schou. I am the Manager of Bethlehem Early Learning Centres (BELC) and have oversight of our five early childhood centres. I have been involved in a teaching or management role with both kindergarten and preschools for over twenty five years.
As a mother of four children and grandma to four beautiful grandchildren it has been my privilege to be involved in an industry that has been developing to the level and quality that we see today.
It is my passion to see BELC promoting the vision of providing quality Christ-centered early childhood education in supportive environments with quality relationships occurring between teachers, children and families.
CLARE VAN NIEKERK – HEAD TEACHER
Bethlehem College Kindergarten
Kia Ora! Talofa lava! Malo ni! Hello! It’s my privilege to be the Head Teacher of Bethlehem College Kindergarten. Having completed my Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, I am grateful to be part of this Christian organisation and follow my passions.
A passion for teaching has been part of my life for the last twenty years. I started as a Primary School Teacher but later when I had children of my own, I moved into Early Childhood Education.
I enjoy working alongside parents, caregivers and whānau to do the best for the young children at Bethlehem College Kindergarten. It is exciting to watch children learn through their play and encourage them to develop their God given talents.
On a more personal note; my family, which includes my husband Rob and three children Grant, Stacy and Dean moved to The Bay of Plenty five years ago. We enjoy living in such a beautiful environment where we can take advantage of outdoor activities like tramping, swimming and most ball sports.
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– Head Teacher
First Class Education and Care
I have been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years both here and in South Africa. I immigrated to New Zealand in 1999 with my husband and three sons and now have 3 daughters-in-law as well as 6 beautiful grandchildren.
I have been Head Teacher at First Class since 2009. My work involves being both ‘hands on’ with the children in all areas as well as supporting the staff professionally to provide the highest quality of care for the children.
I am available to speak to at any time so feel free to contact me with any enquires you may have. I look forward to talking with you.
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– Head Teacher
Olive Tree Education and Care
Kia Ora, my name is Philip Brickell.
Our family (we have 3 young children) moved to Tauranga in 2012 (Tauranga’s got to be the best place to live in NZ).
I’m a Christian, I love working with children; other interests include DIY, sports, hunting, bush-walks and music history.
Olive Tree is a good centre; we are working hard to become the best as our parents will attest. As a Christian centre we also do our best to teach the children about Gods love for them and to show that love to others – no strings attached. We are a busy centre with empathic staff exhibiting lots of care for our littlies, through to lots of fun, and in our Kindy lots of extra events and opportunities for learning.
You are most welcome to visit us, as you only get the best feel for a centre by dropping in. We look forward to meeting you here.
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– Head Teacher
St Andrews Preschool
Hi, My name is Anne Campbell.
I am married to Brett and we have 2 children: We have lived in Te Puke for 16 years. I am originally from Fiji and have both Fijian and New Zealand heritage. I trained as a Kindergarten Teacher at Auckland Teachers College, graduating in 1985. My teaching experience includes: 3 years at a kindergarten on the North Shore, 2 ½ years in England working as a nanny and as a teacher at a Nursery School in London, 9 years teaching at a kindergarten in Mount Maunganui. During this time I had Talei taking off a year for maternity leave, and four years later Bryn. At this time I resigned due to Bryn having very high special needs.
Once Bryn started school I took up the role as support teacher one day a week and Office Administrator at Paengaroa Kindergarten. A teaching position relieving for a year arose at Paengaroa Kindergarten which I took on. At the end of this position I was lucky enough to be offered a teaching position here at St Andrews, and have been here since April 2009. In 2011 I was appointed Head Teacher here at St Andrews Preschool. Through my professional and personal experiences I have a special interest in working with and assisting children with special needs and their families. Through the knowledge and skills I have gained in this area, I am the GSE liaison person and attend IDPs supporting the implementation of specific learning programmes for children within our centre with special needs.
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– Head Teacher
Amazing Place Preschool
Kia ora! My name is Leanne Gulliver.
I feel very blessed to lead a fantastic teaching team. I am privileged to work in a Christian centre where we are free to worship God through music, communication and prayer every day.
I was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand with my family in 2006. I got married in February 2013 to Noel who supports me in everything I do.
I believe each child is a unique individual and deserves the right to learn in a safe, secure and stable environment. I find it fulfilling being with children, watching them develop, grow and learn through each new challenge they meet; learning is lifelong.
READ MORE about Amazing Place Preschool in Rotorua.