Our PreSchool staff are committed and enthusiastic and have the knowledge, skills and experience to help each child achieve.
In addition to our academic (ECE) qualifications, many of our staff are parents, which we feel helps us empathise with the needs of the parents as well as the children. We have chosen to work with children because we love to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Our Pre School Exists to provide quality education and care for all pre-school children.
Tena Koutou Katoa
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga Toku moana
Ko Ngai te rangi, Ngati Ranginui oku iwi
Ko Te Puna Toku kainga noho
Ko Pare Kuka ahau
Kia Ora, my name is Pare. My husband is Charlie and we live in Te Puna. We have 3 children, Regan, Lewis and Te Pae. I have a Diploma of Teaching (ECE), I am fully registered and I been teaching for about 15 years and I am passionate about working with young children. I also enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge of Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga
Kia Ora!Ko Hikaroroa Toku maunga
Ko Waikoutaiti Toku awa
Ko Takitimu Toku waka
Ko Ngai Tahu Toku iwi
Ko Jo Smith ahau
My name is Jo, better known as Jo-Jo. I am happily married to my husband Jack and we have two wonderful sons, Samuel & Matthew. Travelling the world with Jack was a lifetime experience, I learnt a whole lot about myself and what I wanted to do. In returning to NZ I gained my qualifications as a chef. After having my children I decided to turn my direction towards them and gained my Diploma in Teaching (ECE) and I haven’t looked back. I have over 15 years experience with children and my passion is working alongside children and their families and making a difference in their lives.
Hi, my name is Penny. My husband Matt and I have recently relocated to Omokoroa from Palmerston North with our two children Maia and Lachlan, who are both in the over 2’s.
Whilst my background isn’t in teaching although I was accepted to do a diploma of primary teaching after successfully graduating Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies; it is something I have always been passionate about. I decided to travel to London to assist a well known NZ childrenswear retailer to begin expansion into the UK. After 4 years of extensive travelling, we returned to NZ to get married and build my career where I became Nation Retail Manager for a successful NZ clothing retailer.
I have been lucky to spend the last 4 years at home with my children but I am excited to now have this opportunity to work with you and your children.
My name is Faith and I am a teacher on the over 2's side. I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and enjoy being able to work with and alongside the parents of the tamariki here, and watching their children learn and grow. Although I am not yet qualified, I aim to study my Bachelor of Teaching - Early childhood, early next year.
I was born and raised in Auckland, but decided a move to Tauranga in early 2016, was necessary! I've been in the area for about 9 months now and I am loving it!
I have enjoyed meeting the children and families we already have here at Omokoroa Preschool, working alongside the families and watching these children learn and grow, but I also look forward to meeting any new families and tamariki that may join us!
Feel free to pop into the kitchen and have a chat anytime.
Hi, my name is Siobhan.
My name is Meagan, but everyone calls me Meg. I am originally from the USA but I have lived in New Zealand for over 18 years. I consider New Zealand my true home. I have a 20-year-old son Devon, and a 14-year-old daughter Abby. My original career was as an actress, doing musical and children's theatre, but I retrained as a primary teacher when my son was born. I taught part-time in primary schools for 10 years, specializing in special needs. My favourites in the primary sector were new entrants, so about 7 years ago I retrained again and moved into Early Childhood. I have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Education (Summa Cum Laude), and a Graduate Diploma in ECE. I truly love teaching and I am thrilled to have found a calling that fills me with such joy.
My name is Briana, and I'm from a small town called Kawerau.
Both my parents are Dairy farmers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I am an only child but have a very big extended family. Which is where I become passionate about looking after younger children, as I was always looking after my little cousins.
I completed my schooling in Whakatane through Trident High school, and have just finished studying a year-long Level 5 Early childhood Education course in 2016.
I decided to take a leap of faith, spread my wings, and flee the nest, moving to Tauranga in December 2016.
I am currently working towards getting my Bachelor of Teaching in Early childhood Education, which begins in July 2017.
I am very proud to be a part of the Omokoroa pre-school whanau and look forward to my journey of teaching and learning.
All of the teaching staff are either fully qualified with a Diploma or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) or higher, or are in training (you can see our qualifications displayed in the entrance way). Once fully qualified, our teachers become registered with the NZ Teaching Council.