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Heather Thacker

Heather Thacker

Owner/Licensee
Diploma in Teaching (Primary)
Fully Registered 
 
Hi my name is Heather Thacker.  I am a qualified primary teacher having been involved in teaching in the Franklin area for a very long time!  Feeling the need for a change, I opened Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School in 2001 and have since thoroughly enjoyed my journey in early childhood education. 
 
I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren who are a big part of my life.  I also enjoy holidaying, keeping fit and active, and relaxing at the beach.
Manisha Hari

Manisha Hari

Centre Manager
Diploma in Teaching (ECE)
Fully Registered
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
 
Hi my name is Manisha Hari.  I have been working in the early childhood sector for over 14 years and been with Pukekohe Preschools since then!  I love working in this environment and working alongside such a fantastic team.  What I love about this career is that not a day goes by where you don't laugh and or have fun, it's such a rewarding job.
 
I am married and have a daughter and son who I enjoy spending my weekends with.  I love going out for dinners and love food.  My favourite is Yum Char.  I also enjoy watching my husband play hockey and supporting the Warriors!
 
 
 
Libby Timms

Libby Timms

Supervisor
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Fully Registered
Diploma in Teaching (Primary)
 
Hi, my name is Libby Timms.  I have been a primary school teacher for the past 17 years and have been lucky enough to teach in some wonderful schools both here in New Zealand and Australia.
 
Since the arrival of my two little girls I have become very passionate about working in the early childhood sector.  I feel very privileged to be working alongside such a professional, passionate and supportive team here at Flying Turtles.  
 
I have a very supportive partner who helps me juggle work and home life.  Our two little girls keep us very busy.  In my spare time I love to entertain friends, and spend precious time with our extended families.
Gipsy Witehira

Gipsy Witehira

Acting Manager/Supervisor/Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Fully Registered
 
Kia Ora, My name is Gipsy Witehira.  I have worked in Early Childhood for the past 10 years, I have a daughter Kaia who is 2 years old and I think being a mum is awesome!  My goal in life is to help grow happy confident children who value and love learning.
Angela Nesbit

Angela Nesbit

Teacher
Diploma of Nursing 
Plunket Nurse
 

Hi my name is Angela Nesbit. I live in Onewhero with my husband Pete and three beautiful girls, with a fourth in Hawaii, with her husband. I am a registered nurse and plunket trained. I homeschooled all my girls, and have a passion for working with children.

My philosophy is to help children develop a desire and passion for learning that they will take with them throughout their lives. i also belive they must have plenty of fun on the way!

Rebecca Budden

Rebecca Budden

Teacher
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
Health & Safety Officer
 
Hi, my name is Rebecca Budden.  I have been working in the early childhood sector for approximately 9 years initially relieving at both Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School and Little Pukeko's Pre-School before being lucky enough to be permanently employed at Flying Turtles Pre-School.  I have 6 beautiful children and 8 gorgeous grandchildren to date.  My interests are gardening, animals and health.  
Anne Scott

Anne Scott

Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
 
I have been involved in Early Childhood Education on and off since the 1970's and have 22 years teaching experience.  I have experienced many changes in the sector during that time, perhaps the biggest change being the move from sessional hours to the hours we have today.  Also the change from public Kindergartens being the norm to the wide range of centres available today.  My longest held teaching position was at Mason Ave Kindergarten in Pukekohe where I had 13 happy years.  I have 3 adult children who are all married and 6 beautiful grandchildren that I love to spend time with.  

Lisa Hari

Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Fully Registered
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
 
I am a fully regisitered ECE teacher and have been teaching in early childhood for 7 years.  I am lucky to not only work within a caring and supportive team environment, but also in a centre that is specifically for children of this age group.  Working at Flying Turtles Pre-School each day is never the same.  I enjoy having fun with the children while also sharing their learning journey alongside them.  

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