Our People

Meet the team

We would like to introduce you to a team of qualified or teachers in training, experienced and enthusiastic kaiako, who have a passion for lifelong learning. We strive for empowerment, a culture of diversity and excellence to guide a pathway of learning for the Tamariki.

Rachael and Andrew Fearn

Owner/Manager

Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First aid

Rachael and Andrew Fearn

Owner/Manager

Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First aid

Tena Koe, Having recently moved into the Selwyn District looking for a new adventure in our lives we are very pleased to be owning and managing Ako Rolleston and being part of such a connected community. I have been an Early Childhood kaiako for a number of years now and enjoyed many roles throughout this time, my passion is providing an environment for children where they can succeed and lead their learning journey at their pace, observing what makes them spark and providing opportunities for them to go where ever they choose.

Andrew has been a truck driver for a many years now and has been on the early childhood journey alongside myself over the years. So it makes sense that together we are now providing an environment where tamariki have the best possible opportunities, learn and thrive, develop a passion for learning and are curious about the world around them.

We look forward to including your whanau in our whanau and together giving your child an amazing early childhood experience.

Kia Ora te Whānau

Ko Aoraki te maunga

Ko Pareora te awa

No Roretana au inaianei

Ko Andrew taku hoa tāne

Ko Zane taku tama

Ko Rachael taku ingoa

No reira, tēnā koutou katoa

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Sara Witteman

Kaiako

Qualifying with a Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First Aid

Sara Witteman

Kaiako

Qualifying with a Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First Aid

Hi, I am Sara. I am currently studying to become an ECE teacher. I really enjoy working here at Ako and helping children discover new things and explore their environment. Prior to working here at Ako I became a qualified teacher aide and was working at a school in the junior classrooms. I look forward to seeing you and your children around the centre and getting to know you all.
Kia ora, ko Sara taku ingoa
Nō Ōtautahi ahau
Ko Waikirikiri te awa
Ko Aoraki te maunga
Ko Matthew taku hoa tāne
Ko Tyler taku tama
Ko Jordan taku tamāhine
E mahi ana ahau i Ako Roretana
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
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Olivia Geleyns

Kaiako

Qualifying with Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First Aid

Olivia Geleyns

Kaiako

Qualifying with Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First Aid

Kia Ora, my name is Liv. I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). I have a strong passion for children and have had experience with all ages. I value respectful relationships where children and whanau feel valued and supported in their individual learning journeys. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to getting to know you and your children.
Kia ora, ko Liv toku ingoa
Nō Ōtautahi ahau
Ko Aoraki te maunga
Ko Waimakariri te awa
E mahi ana ahau i Ako Rolleston
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnᾱ koutou katoa
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Brooke Coad

Kaiako

Brooke Coad

Kaiako

Hi Im Brooke and I’ve worked in Early Childhood for 4 years.

I love working in early childhood to make a difference with the children, everyday brings something new to the day and seeing the children walk in the classroom each day with excitement is so rewarding knowing they are always ready to learn.

My fiancé and I own a landscaping business based in Rolleston that we are really proud of and brings excitement to our day to day lives.

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Emma Marsh

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Emma Marsh

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Kia ora koutou, my name is Emma Marsh and I feel happy and blessed to have joined the teaching team at Ako Rolleston. I was born in Takaka, Golden Bay and have strong connections with this area as my grandparents live there and I visit often. It is my favourite place on Earth because it is lovely, peaceful and reminds me of love and good times since my whānau and I have awesome holidays there. I am fresh out of University where I studied a degree in Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Education. I have got a lot of experience to gain but feel excited about putting my learning in to my practice and building strong relationships with whānau, tamariki, other kaiako in my team and our community. I am passionate about child-led learning and children experiencing an environment where they feel safe, have a strong sense of belonging and are having lots of fun. A little bit about me is that I love to play touch, go camping and I love my big whanau, which I am the youngest of four in. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the tangata and tamariki here at Ako! See you around 😊
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko te pepeha o tēnei takiwā. .
Ko Takitimu te waka.
Ko Aoraki te maunga.
Ko Waitaki te awa.
Ānei tōku whakapapa.
Kō Emma Marsh ahau.
No Takaka ahau engari e noho ana ahau i Ōtautahi ināianei.
No reira ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
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Hannah Smith

Support Kaiako

Hannah Smith

Support Kaiako

Hi there,

My name is Hannah and I am a support teacher here at Ako Rolleston. I am originally from Australia and have spent the last five years in New Zealand. I love it here!

I am currently in the process of enrolling to study towards a Bachelor in Teaching (Primary) next year.

I strongly believe in a hands on, fun learning environment for children. I have found this creates a trusting relationship between children and myself.

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Kara Hill

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching Primary

Kara Hill

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching Primary

My name is Kara

I am a primary trained teacher and have been working in that area for the last 4 years, however, I am very excited to be making a shift to the early childhood sector.

I live in Coalgate (out between Glentunnel and Hororata), with my husband Blair and son Ben, who is part of the Nursery whanau.  I enjoy being outside in our large garden where I get to enjoy and am also fortunate enough to be able to grow/freeze and preserve most of our fruit and veggies for the year. In my spare time, I also enjoy making good use of the local walks and playing drums.

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