Meet our Teachers

We have a fantastic team on board – read below to find out more about them.

Carina Naude Rotorua Kindy Teacher

Carina Naudé

Head Teacher

Kia Ora,

I come from a child and family therapy background, and was a trauma therapist for 10 years before moving to ECE, a decision I have never regretted. With both a Masters Degree in Teaching and a Masters degree in Play Therapy, I feel very fortunate as it grants me extensive knowledge about child development and the importance of this for children’s learning within a play based environment. I have extensive experience in building strong and effective relationships with whānau and believe in the child as a whole, involving whānau in the assessment and learning process to ensure the best outcomes for our tamariki.

My teaching philosophy is based around play. My belief is that ultimately, children learn through play and without this, learning would not be possible. I believe my role is as a facilitator of children’s learning and thus put a lot of value on my role as a teacher – but believe that only the child can determine where they are at, and what must happen next. Thus, I value my ability to recognise children’s verbal and non-verbal cues about what they find interesting and what they want to learn from that.

Furthermore, I place high value in guiding children in their social and emotional development. My studies included a research project that looked at how children can support each other’s social and emotional self-regulation within their sociodramatic play. This project added so much to my own practice and created an awareness for me about the abilities of children in managing their own emotional and social challenges, with the right guidance from myself, as teacher. It also confirmed the importance of imaginative play and how this really serves as a learning tool in itself.

I pride myself on my sense of humour and sense of fun and find this to be a way for me to connect, not only with children, but also with adults. Having said this, I also know how to be serious at the right time. I am so happy to be at Pathways Kindergarten.

Kim Ireson Rotorua Kindy Teacher

Kim Ireson

Teacher

Kia ora,
Ko Kim Ireson toku ingoa. Originally from Auckland, I have lived in Rotorua for a long time now and consider this to be my turangawaewae.

I have 3 adult children, and many mokopuna, whom I love spending time with. In my spare time I like walking my dog, and mountain biking. I am so thankful for the forests, lakes, and beaches within this area where I can enjoy all of this easily.

I am one of the teachers here at Pathways Kindergarten. My teaching philosophy, in a nutshell, is about relationships – whakawhanaungatanga and connectedness. I believe that when I value children and treat them with respect, then they in turn will show respect and value to others around them.

Nenah Kindergarten Teacher Rotorua

Nenah Wano

Teacher

Kia Ora,

I am a learner and a teacher. I have been working with children in Early Childhood Education for 11 years.

Early childhood is a wonderful space to learn about ‘who’ children are as they go about learning through play. Children often reflect back to us, who we are and how we see them. They also remind us to ‘be present and in the moment’.

When I am not working in early childhood, I enjoy swimming, walking/hiking and have recently learned to knit. I enjoy spending my time exploring reserves, streams and walkways with my daughter.

Monique Kindergarten Teacher Rotorua

Monique Elario

Support Teacher

Kia Ora,

I am originally from South Africa, where I studied to be-come a qualified chef. I spent 11 years liv-ing and working in London – what an amazing experience that was! We decided to move to NZ to be closer to family and enjoy more of an outdoor lifestyle.

I have a beautiful, fun and energetic little girl named Tori. I love the outdoors. I enjoy mountain biking, walking in the forest and swimming in the ocean.

Kirby Cass Rotorua Kindy Teacher

Kirby Cass

Support Teacher

Kia Ora,

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a post grad in Secondary Teaching. I taught art in New Zealand and after traveling and teaching in Istanbul, came home to have my children.

My interests include gardening, art history, travel, cooking, reading and lyenger yoga. I live locally with my husband and two small children where we are restoring an old house and creating a garden together.

Kiri Rotorua Kindergarten Administrator

Kiri

Administrator

Kia Ora,

I am an experienced Administrator / Office Manager with over 30 years experience (mostly in school environments). I started at Pathways Kindergarten at the end of July and am enjoying getting to know the staff, families and of course the children.

I moved to Rotorua from Auckland 3 years ago and love the lifestyle, the people and the landscape this town offers. I live at Holdens Bay and enjoy daily walks round the lake with my wee dog. I also enjoy photography, reading, art, cooking and soaking in the hot pools!