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My name is Rachel. I have been teaching for almost 20 years, I taught adults and school aged children prior to my early childhood profession. I became a professional ECE teacher since 2007 as I graduated from Auckland University and got my practicing certificate at the time. I enjoy play and learn with children and believe “teaching” and “learning” are happening at the same time as I believe children’s learning potential can be maximised when they are empowered, this is when the teachers need to do more research to support the children’s endless learning needs. I value individual child’s cultural background and respect their first language. Personally I speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese, experience told me that use the child’ first language is the best way to settle a child. I am open to learn other languages and culture.
I work with all my colleagues, children and their whanau as a family, and enjoy the good relationship with them at Morning Star Preschool, since I have been the Preschool for almost 10 years. I am pleased to be trusted and be part of the children’s learning journey.
My name is Jillian Wang and I joined Morning Star in 2015. I had my high school and bachelor studies in Christchurch. I developed an interest in teaching young children while working at a few fundraising programs overseas. Subsequently, I completed my Grad Dip in teaching from New Zealand Tertiary College and registered as an early childhood teacher in 2016.
I started to play piano since four, music plays a major part in my life. Music stimulates all areas of child development and skills including language, intellectual and social and so on, therefore I value the importance of music in children’s learning and my teaching. My philosophy on working with children is that they learn from play. I am passionate about providing children with a nurturing learning environment that helps promote their overall well-being and encourages them to learn through play.
My name is Damayanthi Gunasekera (Dammi). I am originally from Sri Lanka.
Prior to coming to New Zealand, I was a University Lecturer, teaching Archaeology. I worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka since 1984, and was the head of the Department until I arrived in New Zealand. I have my Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Sri Lanka and a PhD which I gained from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. After I migrated to New Zealand, I changed my career and decided to become an early childhood teacher. I have completed my Diploma in Early Childhood from New Zealand Tertiary College and obtained the full Teacher Registration from The New Zealand Teachers Council.Regarding my personal life, I am married and have a lovely daughter. I have a passion for working with young children and I am enthusiastic about helping them to develop their motor skills, social skills and self-help skills. Being artistic and imaginative I love everything to do with the world of art! I have fun getting hands on with the children, promoting creativity and self-expression. I am also passionate about creating exciting learning environments which spark the children’s imagination and curiosity. I am also passionate about working in a team to maintain the quality of the center as well as to help children’s holistic development, our main goal. I really appreciate parent’s contribution towards their children’s learning and development to success their future life.
I feel so grateful to have been part of the Morning Star from the beginning, helping to make every little detail as good as it possibly can be!
My name is Li Ling and I come from China’s “City of Sails” – Qingdao. I was born in a Chinese-Korean family and raised in a multi-language and multi-cultural environment. After graduating from university in England with Master’s degree, I became a “Beijing vagabond”, working in an international organisation and the education industry for 3 years. In 2016, I moved to Auckland to start a new page of my life.
I am outgoing, patient and careful, and love to mingle with children. To be an early childhood teacher is my dream since it is the most rewarding job I could think of. It is amazing to be able to see my impact on children’s learning and development and of course, their beautiful smiles. The most enjoyable moments for me are doubtlessly to teach children and to play with them. Their unexpected languages and lovely behaviours always make great joy for me. Meanwhile they push me to think about ideas to create livelier environment for them, which promotes my personal studies and development.
I am Vivi. I am a qualified ECE teacher. I got bachelor degree in Psychologyand completed PGDip program in Education. I became interested in childhood development and the advanced ideas of early childhood education in New Zealand during study, so I decided to be an ECE teacher and grow up together with children. The most enjoyable moment of working with children is saying “good morning” aloud to each other in every morning. It makes me feel energetic and reminds me that we are ready to have fun in a new day.
My name’s Pandy Lee and I was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m currently in my final year of studying towards a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business and Information Systems.
Becoming a teacher’s assistant at an ECE was a little unexpected but I loved the idea of interacting with children whilst assisting and watching them develop their own personalities, habits and social skills. Since working here and witnessing the children’s energy and creativity; I strive to create an environment which aids imagination, creativity and constant giggles.
Being a part of the team to aid children’s different types of achievements is such an awarding feeling and I hope to continue to assist our future generation in becoming bright young individuals. Since a smile or a giggle can brighten up anyone’s day.
My name is Mikaela. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Education. I am planning on doing a postgraduate diploma in 2019 for primary school education, and then hope to teach primary school children overseas and in New Zealand. I have always had a passion for children, no matter what age, and find it rewarding and fulfilling to experience a child’s learning when they accomplish something new. I currently volunteer at Starship children’s hospital, spending time with the children playing games and making crafts. The smiles and laughs I can get from a child make my day, and encouraging imagination, creativity and enjoyment makes it all worthwhile.