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Our Team

Centre Management

At Mariposa Kids we pride ourselves in our high ratio of qualified staff to children. We work well as a team ensuring a friendly, fair and secure environment. Regular training courses are attended by all members of staff to guarantee that our qualifications and knowledge is up to date, enabling us to provide the children with the highest standard of care and supervision during their learning. We have regular staff meetings to enable us to converse our thoughts and ideas and plan future events.

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Gail Menkin

Owner / Director

I have been in the Early Childhood Education sector 1989 and am passionate about the care and development of little children.

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I am a fully qualified and registered Early Childhood teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching Degree (ECE) NZ and a Diploma in Montessori Education [years 2 to 6].

We purchased our first Centre in 2003, Mariposa Kids in 2010 and Shore Kids in 2014.

I have two grown up children of my own – Alexandra and Robert.

I love spending time with my family and when time allows I enjoy reading, travelling and going to movies.

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Glynnis Grant

Centre Manager

I have been teaching in Early Childhood since 1988 and have been teaching at Mariposa Kids since March 2010.  My passion is Early Childhood Education and love being a part of children’s growth, development and achievements.

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It is especially rewarding teaching children the necessary skills that will carry them throughout their lives

I was very privileged to own my own centre in South Africa where I had the opportunity to work with children from a wide range of cultures.
I completed my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in January 2014 and have my Provisional Teacher Registration Certificate. I have a strong interest in Special Education and enjoy researching and learning about new developments in all aspects of education.

I am the proud mother of 3 sons and three lovely grandchildren. I enjoy going for walks, reading, baking, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.

Kiwi Room

Welcome from the Kiwi team, where we take over the nurturing and development of your young child and start them on the road to becoming fully active members of society. This is the age of discovering independence, and as such providing our children with a sense of wellbeing and belonging is paramount within our Kiwi room giving them the confidence and safety to explore this growing sense of self.

Through watching, listening, copying and lots of trial and error the children in this room are mastering so many new skills. Our Kiwi room is set up specifically with this learning in mind, with ample space and resources providing plenty of time for uninterrupted play and learning. Resources provide opportunity for children to mimic and explore ideas through imaginative play becoming mothers of their own “babies”, firefighters on their bikes, or tigers in the jungle enabling them to make sense of the world and their place within it, learning how to work with and alongside others as they play.

The teachers in the Kiwi Room are a vital resource at this highly influential age, and pride themselves in role modelling positive social interactions, encouraging language development and literacy through stories, rhyme and song as well as allowing children to copy and try out “jobs” such as gardening, animal care or baking to name a few.

Repetition is key for children of this age so resources and activities are constantly available, many of which utilize the same skills but in different contexts allowing for practice, practice, practice until our now very independent Kiwis are ready to start their next journey to primary school.

Once your child turns four, we provide a special transition programme in collaboration with the new-entrant teachers of our local schools. Special attention is given to not just word recognition, numeracy and vocabulary but also concentration, working in a group and routines. We encourage aspects of learning and behaviour that will prepare them well for their move to ‘big school’.

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Ashley Byfield

Kiwi Room Teacher

Kia Ora.  My name is Ashley and I have been teaching at Mariposa Kids for 10 years. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and my mother would often find me playing school with my younger sister in the stairwell at home.

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I completed my Bachelor of Education Degree (ECE) in 2009 at AUT and have my Full Teacher Registration Certificate.

My hobbies include travel, boating, sailing, language and culture, reading, movies and music.

Family is an important aspect in my life and I feel truly blessed to work in a centre, where every day feels like you are at home as the teachers here are not only my colleagues, they are my family.

Jamie Lea Greenwood

Kiwi Room Teacher

I have a diploma in children’s care, learning and
development Level 3.

I am the oldest of seven brothers and one sister and moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2015.

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I really enjoy my work as a teacher and seeing children grow and develop through our early childhood programmes. Every day is different, filled with learning and fun – for me and the children.

Now that I have attained my Permanent Residence, I am studying through NZ Tertiary College to become a fully qualified early childhood teacher.

Nanette Zsadanyi

Kiwi Room Teacher
I have worked in ECE since my family immigrated to New Zealand in 1998, having previously taught in Primary Schools.

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I had always had an interest in taking a career pathway into Inclusive Education, and so after years in teaching I completed two postgrad papers in Special Education and PGDipEd Specialist Teaching.

I have joined Mariposa Kids from our sister school Kindy Cottage, and I hope to journey along with children and adults alike, as we all move toward realising the great potential that lies within each of us.

To this end, I offer a wealth of experience and a keenness to continue my professional development across the sector of early childhood education.

My husband Mish, my grandson Sebastian and I live with the cat Vinny and a guide dog called Cyril, on the edge of the forest, where the river runs down to the sea. 

Tui Room

We have a wonderful and privileged opportunity as Tui teachers to build relationships and create trust with our infant age group. It is a time to have fun and enjoy rich conversations with our littlest learners.

We provide a homely environment with all the right stimulation for an infant’s growing sensory awareness. To keep up with best practice we engage in ongoing development to best understand the nature and development of this age group. We have a specialist approach to infant care that is unique to our room and based on the simple principle of respect. Your baby will be actively listened to, responded to, and loved.

We understand that infants are driven by an innate need to self-educate, and simply require us to support their natural curiosity and exploration by ensuring that their environment offers them possibilities and opportunities. We respond quickly to their cues, assure their well-being and belonging, and they naturally gain confidence to learn.

Parents and family are the experts on their children, and we encourage and facilitate open communication to enable us to know your babies and their individual needs and preferences so that their care is specifically tailored to them.

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Lindsey Midgley

Tui Room Teacher

Hi everyone…
My name’s Lindsey and I am a UK qualified Early years practitioner with over 6 years child care experience. Initially from the UK, it is however the Middle East that is held accountable for my introduction to Early Years.

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It is here where I began working in a Montessori day care centre and in turn developed a passion for child development and teaching. I moved to New Zealand along with my husband back in September 2018 and we have fallen in love with the culture and values that are embedded in this country. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, travelling and the occasional glass of grape juice.

I am really excited to join the Mariposa whanau and am looking forward to getting to know all of the wonderful children and their families. Please feel free to come and say ‘Hi’ to me in the TUI room.

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Joy Yang

Tui Room Teacher

Hi ! I am originally from China but have been living in New Zealand for more than six years.  I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education from New Zealand Tertiary College…

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…I am grateful to be working in an environment with such a supportive team that provides high quality care and learning opportunities for young children.

I find working with children of all ages to be very enjoyable and rewarding work that is a continuous learning journey for both the children and me.

It’s very rewarding watching children grasp a new concept and knowing I was able to be a part of their discovery.

I believe that children should be valued and respected and that it is my responsibility to ensure that they learn life skills that they will need to attain goals in later life i.e. independence, motivation, social skills and a positive attitude to learning.

Cathy Edwards

Tui Room Teacher

Hi, I am Cathy
I have been teaching for 11 years after graduating with a Bachelor of Education (ECE) in 2009. I grew up in Whakatane and moved to Auckland when I began studying in 2006.

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My husband and I live in West Harbour with our two children, Finlay and Isla.

I love seeing children learn, grow, develop and gain new understandings and skills, I feel my role as a teacher is to help guide and support them as they discover this ever-changing world around them.

I have joined Mariposa Kids from a sister-centre, Shore Kids, where my children still attend. I have also worked in a community-based centre and this adds to my teaching experience and provides me with techniques to support your children and provide fun ideas of play and learning.

Some of my hobbies and interests are dance (I have over 10 years including ballet, Latin American and Jazz), face painting and cake decorating. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all.

Relief Teachers & Support Staff

Mariposa Kids relies on a group of well trained, reliable and professional Relief Teachers to step in at any time we require their services. We ensure that they maintain our high standards and have been Police vetted.

Mariposa Kids provides children with morning and afternoon tea and a nutritious lunch every day and we are fortunate to have our own full-time cook. This key role requires weekly menu planning, ordering, preparation of meals and some superb baking as well as keeping everything hygienically clean.

Our regular maintenance jobs around the Centre are professionally taken care of by Joey and Clive, and from time to time even some parent volunteers.

Mia Rosario

Centre Cook/Relief Teacher

My name is Mia Rosario. The children at Mariposa Kids call me Mama Mia!
I actually come from the Philippines. My home town is Baguio City, which is known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

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We immigrated to New Zealand in June 2009. I have a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the Philippines and taught for two years before moving to New Zealand.

I have 3 lovely daughters.  My husband, Joey, is also a teacher and works at Mariposa’s sister school in Northcote.

I enjoy cooking for my family and spending time with them.  I love listening to music and going to Church.

Mariposa Kids is my second home and I have been working here since March 2012.

I love being a teacher because I get to build a strong foundation that not only prepares them for school but it also prepares them for life. I have recently taken over the position of cook for the school.

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Qing Zhang

Relief Teacher

My name is Qing Zhang. I was born in Shanghai, China and immigrated to New Zealand in 2001. I graduated from Children Normal School, East Normal University in Shanghai, Beijing Normal University in Beijing…

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…and University of Technology in New Zealand, with all my majors in Early Childhood Education.

I have worked in pre-school education for 30 years.

I am interested in reading, music, cooking and travelling.  Apart from that, I am always happy to meet new people, to know and learn about their culture.

My husband works in Agriculture and my son qualified as an Engineer at Auckland University.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
7.30am – 5.30pm

Phone

09 418 2813

 
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Address

17 Mariposa Crescent
Birkenhead
Auckland 0626

Email

info@mariposakids.co.nz

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