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The Wigram Team

This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Wigram. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.

Emma Ward

Centre Manager
Kia ora, my name is Emma. I was born and raised in the Halswell/Wigram area and have lived in the area all my life.
I have been teaching for the past 8 years and have been a Centre Manager for 4 of these.
I believe in supporting children through respectful interactions to extend and challenge their thinking. As well as to help them build resilience and just be the best they can be.

Dianne Candy

Team Leader
Kia ora, my name is Dianne.
I was born and raised in Christchurch and have been teaching for 8 years in a variety of roles. I am the youngest of six and have 4 nieces and 4 nephews who I love spending time with. My partner and I enjoy being outdoors, travelling around our beautiful country and taking care of our two dogs and a cat. I am passionate about building positive, respectful relationships with tamariki and their whānau and allowing tamariki to grow and learn in their own space and time.

Hannah Johnsen

Team Leader
Kia ora, my name is Hannah. I grew up in a close knit outdoor family who love to camp, fish and hunt. I am a mum to 16 year old Sophie and Step-Mum to 11 year old Luca and 9 year old Sophia, and I am engaged to Carlo.
Before coming a teacher I was a chef for 15 years. I am grateful for finding teaching as I believe I am privileged to be a part of caring for our smallest treasures, and I am passionate about providing quality teaching for tamariki.

Lauren Wain

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Lauren. I was born in Christchurch and have lived in the Bishopdale area my whole life.
I have been teaching on and off for the past 10 years. I have two school age children. I believe in providing a safe and stimulating environment for children to grow, explore and develop.

Misi-Valentine Naoupu

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Talofa lava, my name is Misi-Valentine. I have been a Preschool teacher for 10 months. My background is Samoan, but I was born and raised in Christchurch. I am the youngest of 8 siblings and an Aunty to 6 beautiful nieces and nephews. I am a graduate with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood and this degree means exactly that. To teach and learn, but also to create an environment where tamariki feel a sense of belonging to grow as competent and confident life-long learners.

Abby Phipps

Teacher in Training
I’m Abby and I was born in Wellington but raised in Christchurch. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching with NZTC and about to start my 3rd year.
I believe that children are competent and confident, and all have the potential to learn. Part of my role is to support and extend learning and development. I believe in empowering children and that each child has a unique range of strengths and abilities contributing to their learning. Pikler and RIE philosophy are important to me in practice. With infants and toddlers I have unhurried time, I give my full attention and offer them choices. I recognise the responsibility I have as a training teacher to honour the Treaty of Waitangi and implement the key principles of protection, participation and partnership in my daily practice.

Mikayla Styles

Teacher in Training
Kia ora, my name is Mikayla and I was born in Christchurch. I have 3 older siblings and 4 nieces and 4 nephews. I like spending my time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors. I have always had a passion for working with children and am currently studying towards my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood.

Dilanka Tennakoon

Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Dilanka and I was born and raised in Sri Lanka. I have six years of teaching experience as a Primary School Teacher in Sri Lanka and more recently two years in New Zealand as an ECE Teacher. I became passionate about Early Childhood after my daughter was born, as well as being inspired by the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki.
I believe in all children’s pure hearts, and ensure that I give and receive love.

Dawn Clark

Nutritionist
My name is Dawn and I am from Christchurch. I have been cooking in Preschools since 1997 and have been at this centre since 2010. I have a Certificate in Food and Nutrition, and have attended a Food Hygiene Course. I love my job and working with children and believe that if you feed children healthy and nutritious meals it supports them throughout their day to remain focused, settled and engaged within the environment.