Meet our Teachers

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

Fi Charman Rotorua Kindy Teacher

Fi Charman

Head Teacher – Fulltime

Fi has a background in specialist teaching and has an extensive list of skills including, nature learning, excursions, Te Reo and Tikanga Maori, Health and safety, carpentry, gardening, and music.

Nga mihi Pathways whānau,

I’m Fi (short for Fiona) and I’m an experienced head teacher. Being a kindergarten teacher is the most rewarding career, every day has some new interesting facet… or surprise! And I take the responsibility of caring for these precious personalities very seriously.

I have a background in science and fell into education after I home-schooled two of my children many years ago.

I come from a huge family of Irish ancestry and grew up on an organic dairy farm on the Rangitaiki plains.

Roger and I have just moved to Rotorua and we’ve been overwhelmed with how friendly everyone is.

I’m a sailor in my soul but I’m really enjoying the mountain biking trails here too.

Helen Morrison Rotorua Kindergarten Teacher

Helen Morrison

Centre Manager and Teacher – Part-time

Kia Ora, I am delighted to be working at Pathways Kindergarten.

I am Australian born but have been living in New Zealand since 2003. I am the second eldest of five children, growing up on a sugar cane farm in Far North Queensland. My husband Craig is Rotorua born and bred and we have two gorgeous young boys, Oliver who is 4, and Jordan who is 2. My 13 year old stepson Hayden also lives with us completing our family.

I graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2006 with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and have since taught in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand in a variety of primary and early childhood services. My most recent employment was 12 years with PORSE as a Programme Tutor (Visiting Teacher), moving into a Regional Coaching Role. While I loved my job immensely, the travel and time away from my family was a challenge with the boys being so young, so I took a year off to be a full time Mum.

As I re-entered the work force and I was honoured to be chosen to work with the Pathways tamariki and whānau in 2019. Although I have no experience working within a Steiner setting, I am very open to new learning and believe the philosophy sits well with my core values and beliefs. I look forward to my Steiner journey.


Bernadette Hennen

Support – Fulltime

Hi.  I’m Bernadette.  I was born & raised in Hamilton, part of a large family with 7 children. Over the years I have had numerous jobs, all contributing to the skill set I now bring to my role at Pathways Kindergarten.  In the late 70’s I was a remedial teacher for young adults (14-21 years) with severe disabilities, training them to acquire daily living skills and basic learning (counting, colours, etc).  In the mid 80’s I moved to Auckland and had a complete change of direction with regards to my career.  I commenced in a service management role for a technical company.  While I was living in Auckland, I met my husband Rainer.  We married in 1989 and moved to Germany for a year.  In 1990, we moved back to New Zealand and I started working at Waikato Hospital in the rehabilitation area.  We then moved to Rotorua in 1991 and by chance I started working in the tourism industry for numerous years in various roles of hotel management.

In 1996, Rainer & I moved back to Germany, living between there and Switzerland, until our return to New Zealand in 2016.  On moving back to Rotorua, I became involved with Steiner Pathways Kindergarten through Ian and Carola, two of our current Trust members.  I initially commenced work as a reliever, but then moved into a permanent position in January 2019.

My role at Pathways is as a support worker, helping as & when needed.  Predominantly you will find me in the kitchen, preparing nutritious snacks and meals for the children and with the children.  This is often where you will find the new children that are settling in or those wanting some extra one on one.  Children are a big part of my life, with 19 nieces and nephews & 21 (soon to be 22) great nieces and nephews.