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.

Yanan Li

Registered Teacher
IKia ora, my name is Yanan. I was born and grew up in Beijing, China. I’ve been studying and working in New Zealand since 2017, and graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching at the end of 2019. I am passionate about and feel privileged to witness and contribute to children's growth and development. I strongly believe in actively listening to the child’s voice and teaching from the heart. I spend most of my spare time reading and ‘getting lost’ in our beautiful nature with my camera.

Kerri Davies

Registered Teacher
My name is Kerri Davies and I have recently moved here from Wellington with my daughter Scout.
I have been teaching for over 15 years and I have a Bachelors Degree in Primary Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching.
I enjoying discovering the childrens interests and working alongside them to develop these further. I am a big advocate for tuakana/teina where our younger children learn from our older children and am always working to foster this. I have a huge passion for working with the older children through their transition to school and have developed some great strategies for making this a smooth process.

Justine Stiemens

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Justine and I come all the way from South Africa. I have taught in the Middle East and have been able to experience different cultures around the diverse world.
My favourite hobby is acting, and I love encouraging the children to be more expressive and be involved in music and movement in the centre.
I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and care deeply for the children I interact with.

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

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.
Dilanka is currently on maternity leave.

Dawn Clark

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.

Lisa Kelly

Kia ora, my name is Lisa. I was born in Masterton but raised in Christchurch. I live in Rolleston with my two children, Sophie and Coen. I have a long history of office/administration but this is my first centre administrator role and I love it! I really enjoy getting to know all our children and seeing their excited happy faces as they come in to start their day is wonderful.