Meet the team

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.

The programme acknowledges our dual cultural heritage with the Treaty of Waitangi and a multicultural aspect of our teaching environment. A warm, welcoming, supportive environment that encourages a partnership with parents and family/whanau so they feel secure in the knowledge that their children are happy and well cared for as they pursue their tasks. Our Early Childcare Centre has two separate rooms: Infants and Toddlers Room 0 – 2 then our Pre School Room for 2 – 5 years. Each room has been designed to best meet the needs of children at their different ages and developmental stages. Each room has its own sleep area, and inside and outside play areas. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea are all provided.

What makes us different from Home Based Care?

Our indoor and outdoor environment is designed and built specifically to meet a child’s needs. Majority of our staff are qualified with a Bachelor of ECE Education and our low ratios of 1-3 under twos and 1-6 over twos enable us to provide quality care at a personal level. We work with parents to ensure we provide a nurturing and educational programme where children are confident and competent life-long learners.

Introducing the Support team

Vicky Sue
Katherine Kayla
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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


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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.

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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.

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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!


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My name is Kim and I work in the kitchen cooking healthy and nutritious meals for the children. I am passionate about food and love creating new meals and ensuring the children enjoy a balanced diet.

I have three children of my own and live locally with my partner, we enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of Omokoroa.


Feel free to pop into the kitchen and have a chat anytime.

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Hi, my name is Siobhan.
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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.  

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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.