Meet our team
My Name is Kendra I have 3 children, Sam, Harriet and Joe who have now all left home and although I miss them very much I do enjoy my empty nest. Thirty years ago, I left North East England and landed New Zealand where I met my husband Tim. Prior to my working in education I was an importer of Egyptian Cotton. I have been a part time contractor to the Ministry of Education for 9 years in a role which supports and evaluates schools taking part in positive behaviour programmes. I first started working for BPM in 2012, it’s great to be back!
I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. I am extremely passionate about working with children. Their ability to be in the moment and their joyful approach to learning inspires me and I often feel that I am the one learning valuable lessons from the child as opposed to being the teacher. I resonate deeply with Maria Montessori’s philosophy. The importance of following each child individually and allowing children to practice independence makes so much sense in empowering the child. It is an honor to be a part of the very precious moments in a child’s life that make up this incredibly developmental stage of their lives.
I have lived on the North Shore for the past 12 years after returning from over a decade living in the UK. It was during my time in the UK where I discovered Montessori education for the first time when my three girls attended a Montessori nursery. It is my belief as a teacher I have a huge responsibility to nurture children’s interest and learning in an environment where they are inspired to investigate and explore. Understanding the importance of seeing children’s individuality and recognising their strengths and abilities is very important to me and my teaching philosophy.
My name is Jianhan and I am originally from China. When I moved to New Zealand I discovered my passion for early childhood education. I have practiced various philosophies and have been a Montessori teacher since 2019. I teach for love and strongly believe education is for each child to become the best of themselves. I enjoy working in the Montessori classroom where each child’s unique learning moment is observed and followed.
My name is Aya, a Japanese-born artist and an educator, living and working in Tāmaki Makaurau. My belief in learning centres is around ‘learning by doing’ and ‘learning through play’. I am interested in looking at how art / creative processes can be used as a tool or integrated in the everyday environment to increase the enjoyment of learning. I am so excited to be a part of BPM whānau!
My name is Kelly and I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Education in 2014. I initially studied to become a Primary School Teacher, but found my passion was educating younger children and have now been working in the Early Childhood sector for the past seven years. I feel that the Montessori philosophy strongly resonates with my own.