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Teaching Team

    Kylie Jeffery - Head Teacher 
Tena koutou, ko Kylie taku ingoa. I have been at Tui since June 2007 as the Head Teacher of Twos & Tots. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and hold full Teacher Registration. My special passion is working with the under 3 year olds in a respectful manner. I believe that the first three years of a child's life helps build the foundations of their life. I am married with two children and enjoy cruising in our 58 Holden. 

    Miranda McCarthy - Qualified Registered Teacher - Twos
I joined Tui in 2006 and have a Bachelor of Education (Primary) with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) and hold full teacher registration. I have a passion for teaching and in empowering children to feel a sense of mana within their own special strengths and interests. I enjoy spending time with my whanau on the weekends where we enjoy travelling to the East Coast and spending lots of time at our favourite beaches.

   Lisa Drummond - Qualified Registered Teacher - Under Twos
I started at Tui in May 2011 after gaining a Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2008, and hold full teacher registration. I am a big believer in responsive and reciprocal relationships, which recognise the uniqueness of each individual child. For realtionships provide the foundation from which meaningful learning occurs. I am married and have three adult children. 

    Karen Meendering - Qualified Registered Teacher - Under Twos
I bagen at Tui in 2010 and have a Bachelor of Teaching Early Years (0-8) with full teacher registration. I am very passionate about infants and toddler development. I am married with three children and love group fitness classes and getting outside.

    Lisa Hita - Qualified Registered Teacher - Under Twos (maternity leave Aug 18 to Aug 19).
Kia ora, I joined Tui in 2014 and have a Bachelor of Teaching Early Years (0-8) with full teacher registration. I am passionate about respecting and building relationships with our youngest children.

    Champa Wewala - Teacher Aide - Twos
I began at Tui in 2001 and have never left! I come from Sri Lanka and now live in Palmerston North with my husband and am a mother to two lovely sons.

  Nicky Put - Qualified Registered Teacher - Under Twos
Hi am Nicky and I have been in ECE at Tui since 2007 and enjoy working alongside the infants and Tots.  I have two school aged children that keep me busy and I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with friends.

  Hannah Scott - Qualified Registered Teacher - Twos
Konnichiwa. I’ve been in working in ECE since 2013 and as of 2018 am a fully qualified teacher.  I love reading, writing and photography.  I have a passion for languages, which I bring to my work with the tamariki.  I look forward to getting to know you and your whānau. Do svidaniya.

  Tegan Mumby - Teacher in Training - Under Twos
Kia Ora. I began at Tui as a reliever at the end of 2017 and am now a student studying at Te Rito Maioha where I started my study in January 2018. Prior to this I have worked in a centre and worked as a nanny for two years.  In my spare time I am a rally car passenger or in the shed building my own.

  Sophia Smallbone -  Teacher Aide - Under Twos
I started at Tui in July 2018 and work on the Tots side.  I have been working in ECE since 2014 and am passionate about carring for our infants and toddlers.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my three dogs. I am planning to study for my degree in Early Childhood Education in 2019.