Head Programme Coordinator
Malo e lelei! Ofa Graduated from Auckland University, taking home a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
Ofa believes that Children are gifts from God with unique skills and abilities. She believes in encouraging our children to become confident independent learners,
Ofa finds supporting children’s identities, promotes their sense of belonging, well-being, and strengthens their communication skills and contribution.
Fluent in both Tongan and English, Ofa's passion lies in empowering her Tongan people.
Shanny came to New Zealand in 2007 and graduated from AUT with a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Teaching.
With her experience in different ECE settings for more than 8 years, Shanny's passion is to provide more learning opportunities for children by observing their own interests to improve their holistic development.
Shanny believes that children learn best where their interests and strengths are recognised and responded to, and where they have a sense of belonging and their backgrounds and whanau are respected as unique identities
Malo e lelei! Otoota joins us with 22 years of experience in different ECE settings.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education (Teaching) and Post-graduate Diploma in Education from The University of Auckland. She also has a Diploma in Teaching Pacifica children (PIECCA) from the Teachers training College which inspired Otoota to continue teaching within the ECE sector. She gained a Diploma in Biblical Ministry from Laidlaw College, and is passionate about teaching children.
Otoota is from Tonga and has five grown-up children and two grandchildren
She believes that children are jewels from God and they’re unique. They need to be nurtured and educated to become competent and confident learners; healthy in mind body and spirit; secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to our Society. She also respects cultural diversity and accepts children for who they are and not what they are.
Head Programme Coordinator
Kia Ora, Sarah joins our Seedlings team with a Bachelor of Teaching from Canterbury University. Sarah is fully Registered and has over 10 years working experience.
Sarah is very passionate about early childhood and its role in a child’s development. By fostering a child’s curiosity and sense of exploration, they are able to learn and develop new knowledge and skill.
Sarah has good leadership and communication qualities and believes that by building respectful and reciprocal relationships with all parties is the key to providing a positive work/care environment.
Malo e lelei! Malia joins our Seedlings team with a Bachelor of Education and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Auckland of University.
With 6 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education sector, Malia brings a range of knowledge and skills to her role as a Programme Co-ordinator. She believes children are gifts from God and her passion lies in supporting children to grow up in an environment of love where they are treated respectfully and empowered to be competent and confident learners.
Malia is fluent in both Tongan and English and is confident in building reciprocal nurturing relationships with the people around her.
Business Manager / Programme Coordinator
Holding over 15 years of experience working with young children in different settings, Adeline is a qualified and registered teacher with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching and Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.
She enjoys supporting and empowering educators to foster and extend children’s knowledge, interests and learning experiences.
She respects and values cultural diversity and believes in fairness for all children regardless of gender, culture or religious beliefs and ability.
Sarah-Jane comes to us from a background in retail management. Sarah-Jane has been in charge of a team; dealing with all aspects of administration and management from hiring, training and the day to day running of a top performing store.
Her role with Seedlings varies but mostly includes dealing with all aspects of administration and managing our toy library.
She enjoys keeping the admin side of things up to date so that our teachers can focus on teaching benefiting the children in our care.
Hello, Kia ora! Nihao! Lillian came to New Zealand in 2003 from China. She has been teaching in early childhood centres since 2005. Lillian gained her bachelor of education (ECE) in 2009.
Through her 14 years of teaching experience, Lillian has gained great knowledge and skills for helping young children reach their full potential. Lillian believes responsible, responsive and reciprocal relationships are foundation for each child’s successful learning. Lillian views children as confident and competent learners and respects them as human beings not “human becoming”, who will thrive in a homely challenging and fun environment.
Lillian is very looking forward to working with Seedlings families to support our young children’s learning journey.
“Lets play learn and grow together!”