Our Team

Back Row: Eri Henderson, Tessa Wagner, Debbie Vlietman, Fenella Wilson Front Row: Bronwyn Ward, Chamila Alison, Megan Wells

Debbie holds a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and is a Fully Registered Teacher. She has over 20 years experience in ECE and is our Managing Directress.  Debbie is married with two children and they enjoy the great outdoors in the bay boating and fishing. She loves nature and all the wonders that it holds. Debbie enjoys sharing her knowledge and various animals with children.

Debbie is scheduled to teach on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and shares the role of Person Responsible.

Chamila holds a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and is a Fully Registered Teacher.  A migrant teacher from Sri Lanka, Chamila holds a National Diploma in Primary and Secondary Teaching from her home country, and more than six years overseas experience. The nature of preschool children ignited her passion for early childhood education. Her personal interests are travelling, helping people who are in need, environmental conservation, watching cartoons, and reading classic novels. She loves spending her leisure time mostly outdoors with friends.

Chamila is scheduled to teach Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Fenella holds a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), a Foundation Certificate in Montessori and is a Fully Registered Teacher. With backgrounds in the finance industry, Fenella and her husband Mark are the proud owners of Daisy Cottage and are both living out second careers and true passions in teaching. Together they have four boys and live on the picturesque Kaimai ranges. Fenella has interests in gardening, food and nutrition, and natural health.

Fenella is scheduled to teach from Tuesday to Friday and shares the role of Person Responsible.

Megan holds a Diploma in Montessori.  Megan discovered Montessori while traveling in England.  She holds a Montessori Diploma for children aged 2 1/2 to 6 years which she gained at St. Nicholas Training Centre in London England. Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage boys which keep her busy as they have a love for the sea and the great outdoors. Megan’s current sporting interest is swimming.

Megan is scheduled to teach from Monday to Thursday.

Tessa holds a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and is a Fully Registered Teacher. Tessa has been working in this field for 12 years, mostly working with infants and under twos, and she can’t wait to explore this age group and the Montessori way of learning.  When it comes to working with children in her care, Tessa’s first priority is that they feel loved, comfortable and most of all happy in the environment they are in.  Tessa has three children of her own and loves spending her free time with them and their pet bulldog.  Tessa’s other interests include a love of online shopping; She is always pondering what she can buy next!

Tessa is scheduled to teach from Wednesday to Friday.

Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) and is a Fully Registered Teacher.  Bronwyn has taught children from Year 1—Year 6 in the Primary sector for 7 years. The desire to be involved with a more holistic approach to education saw Bronwyn move out of primary teaching and begin her Montessori journey. 2019 sees Bronwyn retraining for her future in the field of barbership, adding to her previous hairdressing qualification, thus reducing her time with us to a Monday.

Bronwyn is scheduled to teach on a Monday.

Eri is our team relief teacher.

“An adult can assist in shaping the environment but it is the child that perfects his own being.”

Maria Montessori