Kidz Corner staff

Kidz Corner has a fabulous staff of 12 – our teaching team of Gillian, Helen, Sue, Felipa, Alicia, Debbie, Christina, Heather, Tessa, Tessa, Marlene, and our Office Administrator, Claire.

We are very fortunate to have nine of our teaching staff qualified, two teachers in training and a very low staff turnover, all contributing to our ability to offer high quality early childhood education to our community.

Here's a little information about each of our team members:

Gillian (Centre Supervisor)

I have been an early childhood teacher for 15 years and have been Supervisor at Kidz Corner since 2005. I have three sons, Simon, Karl and Paul, and enjoy the movies and chilling out in Wellington.

What is fabulous? My three sons, and Wellington on a beautiful day.

My most amazing discovery - Laughter is the best medicine and when things go wrong there is always, always someone watching out for you J.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... (if it's just been made and still warm) knead and roll it as if it was fresh bread.


Felipa (Teacher)

I completed my Bachelor in Early Childhood Education in 2016. I have a background in art and textiles. Having a whanau has empowered me to work the last seven years with special needs and young children.

What is fabulous? Being constantly creative with a bubbly cheerful personality with an eye for detail.

My most amazing discovery - The lengths children go to, to get their faces painted.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... poke it, squash it, mould it, make it, roll it, cut it, shape it, squeeze it and then bin it.


Alicia (Teacher)

I started at Kidz Corner as a reliever in 2013 after completing my Diploma in Teaching (Primary) and didn't want to leave! Before this I worked for DOC after completing my BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity and Marine Biology. In 2018 I completed my Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I love being outside and being able to pass on my love for the environment.

What is fabulous? Being lost in the bush, or being in my garden with my husband.

My most amazing discovery - The job of watching kids discover and understand new and exciting things about the world around us.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... make a mini garden or forest, or just lots of animals!


Christina (Teacher)

I have been at Kidz Corner since 2012. I have a degree in Philosophy with a minor in Education Psychology. I have also just finished my Post Grad in ECE. I love hanging with the children and watching them grow and enjoy life.

What is fabulous? Sitting in the sun reading a book, or taking an afternoon nap.

My most amazing discovery - My most amazing discovery is dipping McDonald chips into a chocolate Sundae.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... make lots of little balls and then squash them!


Tessa B (Teacher)

I started working at Kidz Corner in January 2018. I have just completed my Bachelor of Education (ECE) degree at Victoria University. I am enjoying getting to know the children and whānau at Kidz Corner. I am passionate about surf lifesaving and spend my weekends down at the beach helping children and adults.

What is fabulous? Surf Lifesaving and spending time at the beach with my friends and whānau.

My most amazing discovery - Discovering how young children learn and explore, about their interests and the world around them.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... roll the play dough into balls and make a pyramid with them.


Marlene (Teaching Assistant)

First time around I started at the centre in 1989. I returned to the centre in 2010 and have grown through all the learning I have done. I love the team approach and working in this centre with the children and staff.

What is fabulous? Being open to all people including children, and also being yourself and caring and supportive.

My most amazing discovery - Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... share it with a group and we would share ideas then create a master piece and talk about how we can serve one another.


Helen (Assistant Supervisor)

I have been at Kidz Corner for over 10 years. I have a son aged 12. I love to be busy/active!

What is fabulous? My polar fleece and electric blanket.

My most amazing discovery - Keeping life simple.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... make my own farm full of animals.


Sue (Teacher)

I love working at Kidz Corner and I have been here for 10 years. I have a BEd Degree Teaching (ECE) and a Diploma in Art and Creativity (Honors). I have a husband, two daughters and a son.

What is fabulous? Learning, playing and exploring outside in the sun with the children.

My most amazing discovery - How much I love to draw and paint and share my knowledge with the children.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... show the children how to roll it into balls and roll the balls across the table.


Debbie (Teacher)

Kia Ora, I’m Debbie. I’ve been a Miramar local my whole life, though I’ve been living in Newtown with my lovely husband for the last 5 years. Some of you may have seen me and my twin sister Tessa working at Miramar New World. I have left New World now and started at Kidz Corner in mid May 2015. I enjoy creative activities and love to discover and learn new things with children. I feel that learning is a continuous, vast and valuable thing.

What is fabulous? Bright colours, glitter, feeling truly grateful and happy.

My most amazing discovery - One amazing discovery I have made this year is how a monarch butterfly lays her eggs! I didn’t know that she hooks part of her body under the leaf while the rest of her stays upright on the top of the leaf!! Quite a sight!

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... ponder what to do - there are so many possibilities! If it was a huge bucket of playdough maybe I would make a playdough couch! Cupcakes are cool too- with glitter sprinkles!


Heather ( Teacher)

I began working at Kidz Corner at the start of 2016. I have just finished my Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I am enjoying meeting all the families and whanau at Kidz Corner and working with your little ones. E mihi

What is fabulous? Having an appreciation for the simple things of life and being able to take the time to enjoy being alive.

My most amazing discovery - Finding out that I can make my own children laugh just because I’m being me. There is a real joy in this.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... build a cruise ship and then pretend I was sailing away on a fantastic adventure.


Tessa M ( Teacher)

My name is Tessa Mitchell, I initially trained as a primary school teacher but an opportunity to be an early childhood teacher came up. I took the opportunity and have been working as an early childhood teacher for just over two years! I love it!

I started working with preschoolers and then worked with toddlers. It has been great getting to work with the different age groups. I have learnt lots and have gained valuable experience.

I live in Maupuia with my boyfriend and our cheeky lovable cat Salem.  I am one of 4 girls and am the twin sister of Debbie.

I love art and creativity. I look forward to getting to know everyone.

What is fabulous? When something is exciting and creative and people working together to do/make fabulous things.

My most amazing discovery - Finding out about The Learning Connexion Art School and studying there.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... play with it all day, make lots of things and take a photo of what I had made at the end.


Claire (Office Administrator)

I am the Office Administrator at Kidz Corner and started in the role in March 2012. I moved from London to Wellington in 1998 with my Kiwi husband Andrew and we now have two children, Oliver and Ada.

What is fabulous? A walk with my dog on a fresh sunny morning. Sharing a leisurely meal with family and friends.

My most amazing discovery - My children are continually amazing me.

If I had a bucket of play dough I'd ... squidge it and share it with my daughter, Ada, who loves play dough.