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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 5 grandchildren and one on the way 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 16 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 three children 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!
 
 
Erica Rientjes

Erica Rientjes

Supervisor
Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning (Primary)
Provisionally Registered 
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate 
 
I have been working with children of different ages for the past ten years.  I thoroughly enjoy this career and love seeing children light up when they learn something new.  I love to travel and have lived in Australia, Amercia and England along the way.  I enjoy exploring, reading and being out and about.  
Natalie Falconer

Natalie Falconer

Teacher
Provisionally Registered
Comprehensive First Aid
 
Hi my name is Natalie and I have been working in the early childhood sector for the past 10 years.  During this time I have gained experience in a few different ECE setttings and finished my degree in teaching ECE.  I'm currently provisionally registered and look forward to completing my registration next year.  I have a 3 year old daughter who keeps me on my feet and a love for animals.  I really enjoy working at Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School alongside friendly like minded people.  
Ashleigh Butcher

Ashleigh Butcher

Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)
Fully Registered 
Comprehensive First Aid
 
Kia Ora my name is Ashleigh.  I have always loved working with children and it is definitely my passion.  I have been involved/working/volunteering in the early childhood sector since I was 15 years old.  I really enjoy watching children grow and develop and seeing how far they come during their time spent with us, as well as the amazing stories told by parents on a daily basis!
My philosophy is based around the Pikler and Rie philosophy of free movement and respectful practises and this is a major part of who I am.  There are many things that I have learnt from many people and I keep learning everyday and can not wait to learn more!
Melissa Taite

Melissa Taite

Teacher
Bachelor in Teaching (ECE)
Fully Registered Teacher
Comprehensive First Aid
 
I have been working at Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School since 2008.  I am a proud mum of 2 daughters and a son, I try to lead a healthy and active lifestyle with my family.

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