Meet Our Teachers

 
Our team of dedicated teachers love coming to work each day and being a part of your child's learning and development.
 

Penny Dawbin

Supervisor


I live in Huntly with my husband Stephen and we have two adult children.

I feel so lucky to be part of a team of motivated and enthusiastic educators, working in such a beautiful and well-resourced environment.

I believe the early years are some of the most important in a child's life. At our centre, the learning programme is developed from our children's interests, spontaneous moments and planned projects. Our programme provides children with the opportunity to gain knowledge and experiences in an exciting and engaging environment.
Qualifications
* Dip. Teaching ECE
* Registration - Full
* First Aid Certificate

Katherine Goulter

Assistant Supervisor


Kia ora koutou. I am passionate about working with children and providing them with rich learning experiences to help them develop the skills and attitudes to be confident life-long learners.

I am half Filipino and European and have loved having a bi-cultural upbringing. We are a very family-orientated whānau and I grew up with strong morals and a respect for other cultures, religions and values. I enjoy embracing other cultures and have a willingness to learn from and alongside our preschool whānau and children.

The partnerships and shared aspirations of our children, parents, teachers and whānau are what make HECC the best place for early education.
Qualifications
* Bachelor of Teaching & Learning ECE
* Registration - Full
* First Aid Certificate

Janet Welch

Teacher


Kia ora. I have been teaching at Huntly Early Childhood Centre part-time since my youngest daughter was five. She, along with my three other daughters are now similar ages to many of the mothers here at preschool.

I enjoy watching children grow, develop and be empowered through their learning experiences. I feel privileged to play a part in our children's learning and development and helping them become equipped with the skills and mindsets to be capable life-long learners. I believe this happens in our centre, as our children feel safe, secure and confident to explore their world.
Qualifications
* Dip. of Teacher ECE
* Registration - Full
* First Aid Certificate

Bronwyn Geissmann

Teacher


Born and bred in Huntly, I am a wife and mother of two teenage boys. Raising our boys has given me great insight into the development and physical needs of growing boys.

I have 25 years of teaching experience in New Zealand and overseas. I have a strong passion for incorporating music and movement, storytelling and engaging children in imaginary and dramatic play.

Here at HECC, I feel that our children are given meaningful learning opportunities and experiences to support and foster their curiosity and interests, thus building strong foundations for life-long learning.
Qualifications
* Bachelor of Teaching & Learning ECE
* Dip. of Teacher ECE
* Registration - Full
* First Aid Certificate

Alysha Dawbin

Teacher


I was born and raised in Huntly and attended the centre myself as a child. I have such fond memories of HECC and feel privileged to now be a part of the wonderful teaching team.

I strongly believe children have a natural curiosity for the world around them and our job, as teachers, is to nurture and feed their curiosity by providing them with a variety of rich learning experiences and opportunities.
Qualifications
* Bachelor of Teaching
* Registration - Provisional
* First Aid Certificate

Colleen Wickens

Teacher


Kia ora, I am a mum of four children and a Nanny to nine grandchildren. Two of my grandchildren have attended the Huntly Early Childhood Centre. I now have my youngest granddaughter coming to preschool.

It is a privilege working with families in our unique learning environment as children learn through active exploration and gain experiences that promote feelings of success, competence and an enjoyment of learning.

Over the many years that I have been a part of the teaching team, it has been an exciting and rewarding experience to have our children move onto school as competent, capable and independent learners. As educators, we learn with and alongside our children and see ourselves as life-long learners.
Qualifications
* First Aid Certificate

Rebecca Gibbons

Teacher


I believe that life is all about gaining knowledge and sharing what we have learnt with others. I feel that education is a life-long process.

I have worked here at HECC for over 18 years and have watched my own children (now adults) grow and learn within this environment. I enjoy helping and being a part of children's learning journeys - listening, caring and allowing them to learn through exploration and play.
Qualifications
* First Aid Certificate

Simone Sattrup

Teacher


I am a Mother of 3 children who have all attended HECC. We live rurally, and I have a background in primary teaching so when a position became available at HECC I thought it would be good to experience early childhood while my youngest attended the centre. And what a privilege it has been.

I love journeying alongside the children, discovering and exploring areas of interest and learning new things. I also like to be able to extend and challenge ones thinking.
Qualifications
* Bachelor of Teaching
* Registration - Subject to Confirmation

Kirsten Gordon

Office Administrator


A Mum to 2 busy boys, with my youngest having attended HECC, I love that I am able to see young minds nurtured and developed in our amazing centre and that I get to build great relationships with our wonderful families.

We would love to meet you, please call in and say hello!