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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 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 a daughter and a 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!
 
 
Annette Blair

Annette Blair

Supervisor
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Fully Registered
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
 
I have been teaching in early childhood since 2000.  I love this career!  My other interests include Aikido, netball and spending time with my family.
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.
Melissa Taite

Melissa Taite

Teacher
Bachelor in Teaching (ECE)
Provisionally Registered Teacher
 
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.
Erica Rienjtes

Erica Rienjtes

Teacher
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.  
Shanna Stobart

Shanna Stobart

Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Provisionally Registered

 

Hi my name is Shanna Stobart.  I have been an early childhood teacher for the past 12 years.  I love working with children and have three of my own.  I love spending time with my husband and three beautiful girls.  I love to read, bake and basically just love life.

Tania Jeffries

Tania Jeffries

Teacher
3rd Year Teacher Training
 
I have been working in the community since 2002.  I am currently in my third year of training for my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.  I enjoy exercise, gardening and spending time with my two wonderful daughters and awesome partner Rick.

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