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Our Team


 

 

Pauline – Manager/Director

Kia Ora, my name is Pauline Breeze.

I am the owner and Manager here at Grasshoppers Early learning centre.

I am married to Aaron Breeze and we have three beautiful children, Stephanie, Nathan and Ronan.

We live in Hamilton along with our three Miniature Schnauzers, Tropical fish and Parrot ‘Buddy’.

For 17 years, I enjoyed nurturing children as a home-based Educator in my own home, but my dream was always for my family and I to purchase a Childcare Centre to call our own.  I really wanted to create a ‘home away from home’ feeling for children and their families.  A safe place, where children are given opportunities similar to mine as child, where their interests are extended on, and they develop life-long skills for learning, in an environment where they feel loved and secure, as they do at home.

Theresa – Administrator

Hi, my name is Theresa. I feel privileged to be part of the Grasshoppers team as an administrator. 

I enjoy meeting and greeting the children each day along with their families, and our visitors.  I am always happy to help and answer any queries.

I live in Hamilton with my fiancé Jeremy and my two daughters Amanda and Emma. I do love animals and have two cats that rule the house, and a golden Lab.

We enjoy going to the beach and we try to spend as much time as we can boating with family and friends.

Shelly – Kaihapai –Centre Supervisor and Team Leader - Earth Room

Kia Ora.  Ko Shelly tōku ingoa.  I live in Te Awamutu.  I am the eldest of seven children and have mothered them since day one as my mother would say!  I have been working in early childhood for over 10 years, both in centres and through home-based care and nannying. 

I believe children bring a freshness to life that we often lose as adults.  I love coming to work every day and being inspired by their awe.  I have a passion for music and photography, and I love spontaneity and fun.  I feel a deep connection to Te Ao Māori, and this is a huge part of my life and my teaching practice.

In my spare time I enjoy being with family and friends, photographing, singing and listening to music.  I have a dog called Beau and a cat called Cleo and they are my babies!

I work full time in the Earth Room.

Katie – Kaiako – Teacher

Hello, my name is Katie and I live in Te Awamutu. 

I am currently in my first year studying for a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education and I am loving it. 

In my family there is my Mum, Bev, my Dad, Mark, my brother Kirtis and his partner Nikki. My partner Jacob, and I, have a cat named Eric and a dog named Molly.

Some things that I enjoy are going to Whangamata beach with my family and friends. I enjoy playing sports - I am currently playing prem reserve netball and indoor netball.  In my spare time I enjoy going out on the farm and cruising around on the bikes and milking.

I work three days a week in the Earth Room.

Frankie – Kaiako – Teacher

My name is Frankie Miller and I hail from Tauranga but have been in Hamilton for the past 13 years.  

I studied at WINTEC and graduated in 2013.

I have been with my husband (Jonny) for 13 years and we have two beautiful children, Abigail and Tolliver and two Labradors Chuck and Zack.  We live in Melville and we will often be found at home pottering around in the garden or spending time with our extended whanau.

Since graduating I have worked with 2-5-year olds and love the diversity of learning and developments.  I believe in a calm, collected and thoughtful environment and approach to working with children.  I have a huge passion for the outdoor environment and believe in getting dirty and wet and exploring all the different elements of nature.

Michelle – Kaiako – Teacher

Hi, my name is Michelle Rees and I am a Teacher in the Water Room.

My husband and I have lived in the Ohaupo area for twelve months now, after having lived and worked in Raglan for the past 40 years.

I am, and always have been, passionate about early childhood education, and prior to moving to Ohaupo I had been working at an early learning centre in Raglan.

I have always believed that by working in partnership with teachers and whanau, we can support our tamariki to establish positive foundations for the future.

I am excited about working in this wonderful learning environment and I look forward to the future with Grasshoppers and getting to know the families of our tamariki in the Water Room.

Sheraya – Kaiako – Kaihapa – Team Leader Fire Room

Kia Ora, I’m Sheraya, a qualified and registered teacher and Team Leader in the Fire Room.

Over the past few years I have been involved in Early Childhood Education in both Cambridge and Ohaupo. 

I live in Te Awamutu with my husband, Etienne, and our dog, Grohl.  When I’m not at work I enjoy reading books, spending time with family, working on photography and travelling.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child and being part of their learning journey.

Toni- Kaiako – Teacher / Reliever

Kia Ora, my name is Toni Maughan.  I live in Kihikihi with my partner Victor and our two girls Monica and Keira.

I love working in a small town with lovely families.  My passion is forming respectful and meaningful relationships with all children and whanau who walk through the door at Grasshoppers.

If we have these relationships, we can learn and teach alongside each other to fulfill the needs of each child.

Alex – Kaiako – Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Alex and I’m from Cambridge.  I gained my level 5 certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education in July 2016.  I have always had a passion for children, growing up with a large family and always being surrounded by children.  I am excited to be in partnership to create a learning environment that is safe and respectful for your family.  I work full time in the Fire Room and in my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and going to the beach.

Bonnie

Reliever

Mizuho Osugi - Kaiako- Teacher

I came to New Zealand from Osaka, Japan in 1998.

I live with her partner and my three beautiful children in Tamahere.

During my time in NZ I have completed my Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Psychology (with first class honors), and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) in 2012 at Waikato university.

I believe every child is unique - the way of enquiring, approaching and comprehending the world around them, and the speed of learning are all different in each individual. There is no right or wrong way. It is important to use different teaching strategies, approaches and methods to support children's individuality.

I love being outside to support tamariki to explore nature, looking after animals, vegetable gardens and orchards. I believe in the environment as the third teacher.

I value biculturalism, reciprocal and responsive relationships within the wider community of learners.

Beatrice (Bea) Falloon - Kaiako- Teacher

Tēnā koutou, my name is Bea. I have just completed a Bachelor of Teaching specializing in Early Childhood Education at the University of Waikato. Some of you may recognize me from my practical experience here at Grasshoppers earlier this year.

Throughout my studies I have gained a constant stream of knowledge, experience and passion for teaching our youngest members of society. They are precious taonga and it is very special to have the opportunity to work and learn alongside them while they grow.

In my spare time I like to be outdoors as much as possible, spending time in nature. I enjoy walking, hiking, cycling, rock climbing and Muay Thai kickboxing.

I am so excited to become a part of the Fire Room team and cannot wait to get to know you and your tamariki.

Raewyn Miles - Reliever

Kia ora.

My name is Raewyn.

I consider it to be an honor to be working at Grasshoppers.

I have been working in Early Childhood for twenty two years and I just love being with the children, they give me so much.

I have been married to Peter for forty years and we have three children. We have also had several foster children.

We now have four grandchildren and five foster grandchildren, and two cats!

We are living in the lovely village of Kihikihi.

Kirsty - Kaiako- Teacher - Earth Room

Kia ora, my name is Kirsty!

I live in Hamilton with my husband Kerryn, daughter Lucy, and our many pets. I have been in the Early Childhood industry for twelve years.

I completed my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) at Wintec in 2012.

I have worked in centre based and homebased ECE settings.

I love my job and am so grateful to work with a team of passionate and caring Kaiako (teachers).

In my spare time I enjoy travel, singing and performing, and spending time with whanau and friends.

I am excited to partner with you and your child in their learning journey.

Megan - Kaiako - Teacher

Kia ora! My name is Megan.

 I am originally from South Africa. I came to New Zealand in 2002 with my late dad, mum and sister. Two years later my brother was born in 2004. I have been living in New Zealand now for 17 years. I finished my degree in Early Childhood education in 2019. I love reading, going for walks, listening to music, and spending quality time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to getting to know you.

I work full time in the Earth Room

Caitlyn - Kaiako - Teacher in Fire Room

Hi, my name is Caitlyn.

I have recently qualified with a bachelor of teaching (ECE) and I also has a background in Interior Design.
In my spare time I love to spend time with friends and family, taking trips to the beach and eating yummy food!
I love working with children and helping to build a community environment, I have a particular    passion for classroom design and authentic planning!

 

Caitlin - Kaiako - Teacher in Water Room

Kia Ora, my name is Caitlin. I am a recently qualified teacher in the water room.

I am originally from Taupo where I lived with my Dad, Darrin, my mum, Darlene and my sister Brooke. I moved to Hamilton in 2017 to start studying Early Childhood Teaching, which is where I have decided to stay. 

In my spare time I love going back to Taupo to spend time with my family and going to the lake.

Linda - Kaiako - Teacher in Fire Room

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