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 Robert Jensen - Head Teacher
I started my teaching career as a reliever at Tui 3 in 2007 before starting my degree. I completed study at the end of 2013 and I have been working at Young Investigators since we opened in 2012. I became the Head Teacher in February 2017. Larissa and I have been together since the early 2000s, married since 2008 and I have two sons who are in their twenties. I have a diploma in Performing Arts: Drama. I worked as an actor in film and theatre for many years and in event management.
I love being an Early Childhood Teacher because I believe it is a privilege to help the children to realise their learning potential in their lifelong learning journey

  Melissa Wilson - Qualified Registered Teacher
I started working with children in 2011, through the work experience course my high school was offering and I have never looked back. I have now been teaching for six years and hold a Bachelor of Teaching, Early Childhood Education, in which I completed in 2017. I started working with Tui Early Learners in early 2016, where I completed the last two years of my study. In my personal time, I live an active life; I am very family orientated and have a love of animals, big or small.
I really enjoy working in early childhood as I love knowing that I am able to support children’s learning and development, by integrating my skills and knowledge from study into my everyday teaching practice

  
 
  Tanya Mcgahey - Qualified and Registered Teacher
I started in childcare in 2004, had my own children and returned to childcare in 2015 after a few different careers. I am currently in the third year of a Bachelor of Teaching, ECE. I am originally from Whanganui, lived in Hawkes Bay for a while but now live in Palmerston North with my two children and partner.
I love working alongside the tamariki as they learn and develop and I feel so lucky to help play a part in that.