Our People

Meet the team

We would like to introduce you to a team of qualified, 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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Wynette Mulder

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First Aid

Wynette Mulder

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching ECE

Current First Aid

Kia Ora, my name is Wynette. I am blessed to be a part of the Ako whanau and love getting to know each beautiful family that join us. I have been working in early childhood education since 2016 and have since gained a bachelor of teaching (early childhood education). I strongly believe in viewing children as confident and competent members of our society and value children’s voice and beliefs. You will often find me getting covered in messy play alongside the children, exploring the many benefits of sensory activities. I look forward to becoming a part of your whanau’s journey in the ECE setting.
Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko te pepeha o tēnei takiwā

Ko Tūhoe te waka

Ko Aoraki te maunga

Ko Waimakariri to awa

Ānei toku whakapapa

Kō Wynette Mulder ahau

No Ōtautahi ahau

No reira ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou, tēnā tātou 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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Anareta Kaunilagilagi

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching Primary

Current First Aid

Anareta Kaunilagilagi

Kaiako

Bachelor in Teaching Primary

Current First Aid

My name is Anareta Kaunilagilagi (Ana), I have a bachelor in Primary Education and Certificate IV in preschool education and am in the process of attaining a post-graduate diploma in education – early childhood. I have experience in tertiary teaching within Fiji and the Pacific Islands before being a fully New Zealand qualified teacher in 2013. I am excited to be joining the amazing staff of Ako, and working along-side the children in their journey in learning, development and growth.
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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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Sarah Kelly

Kaiako

Master's in Social Science, Graduate Diploma in ECE

Current First Aid

Sarah Kelly

Kaiako

Master's in Social Science, Graduate Diploma in ECE

Current First Aid

Kia ora Koutou,

My name is Sarah Kelly. I am delighted to be part of the team here at ‘Ako’. I really enjoy  getting to know all the tamariki, parents/caregivers and whanau that make up our learning community.

Originally from Ireland, I moved to New Zealand fourteen years ago. My husband and I have two children and are settled in Leeston. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being involved in creative activities, such as pottery, and watching my kids play sport.

My background is in Social Science. For many years I worked alongside children and families in various community roles (e.g. youth worker, facilitator for parenting groups). A few years ago, I decided to retrain as an early childhood teacher. Within this role I really enjoy getting to know tamariki and supporting them to develop their interests.

Building strong relationships with all involved in centre life is central to my teaching practice. Working together provides the best learning outcomes for tamariki. Providing a calm learning environment is important for infants and toddlers as they get the most from learning opportunities when the environment is unrushed, and interactions are respectful. Overall, I believe in providing all tamariki with rich learning experiences and having fun in the process!

Tena koutou
Ko Sliabh Bloom te māunga
Nō Airanga ahau (I am from Ireland)
Ko Michael rāua ko Olive āku matua
Ko Josh taku hoa tāne
Ko Connor taku tama
Ko Tara taku tamāhine
Ko Sarah tōku ingoa

Dia duit (Hello)
Sorcha Nì Cheallaigh is ainm dom (My name is Sarah Kelly)
Is as Èìrinn mè (I am from Ireland)
Tà mè i mo chònaì i Leeston, Canterbury (I live in Leeston, Canterbury)

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Charlie You

Kaiako

Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature Bachelors degree in Chinese Language and Literature Master's degree in film study, Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Teaching)

Current First Aid

Charlie You

Kaiako

Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature Bachelors degree in Chinese Language and Literature Master's degree in film study, Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Teaching)

Current First Aid

Kia ora! My name is Charlie.

I am originally from China, and I have worked and lived in New Zealand for a few years.

I was born and grew up in a teachers’ family. We deeply understand that education changes people’s life. Therefore, trying our best to help the others to grow and learn is part of our family’s mission.

I believe that childhood should be happy and pleasant for a child, because we have only one childhood and children would learn more effectively and better with a positive emotion. My goal is to help children learn and develop by providing a safe, creative, and happy environment to support and enhance their learning and abilities.

I also recognize that every child is different and unique. One of my goals is to set up different learning plans and activities for every child individually with my professional knowledge and experience. Therefore, they can learn and extend their knowledge from various activities.

I am also a life-long learner and love exploring new things. I love nature, animals, and outdoor activities.

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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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