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Heather Thacker

Heather Thacker

Owner/Licensee
Diploma in Teaching (Primary)
Subject to Confirmation
 
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 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 17 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!
 
 
 
Libby Timms

Libby Timms

Supervisor
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Diploma in Teaching (Primary)
Fully Registered
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
 
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.

Rachel Davis

2IC
Rachel Davis
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Fully Registered 
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate 
 

Hi, my name is Rachel and I am a fully qualified and registered early childhood teacher.  I live in Pukekohe with my partner and two daughters.  My hobbies include gardening, cooking, bush walks, travelling and spending time with my family.  In my teaching practice I believe building positive, caring and trusting relationships with children is  of utmost importance.  I believe that the environment is the third teacher and love setting it up to engage, excite and challenge children in things that they are interested in.  I have a strong passion for using loose parts in my teaching practice and believe having these open-ended resources allows children's creativity to shine.   
 

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.  
Rebecca Budden

Rebecca Budden

Teacher
Health & Safety Officer
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
 
Hi, my name is Rebecca Budden.  I have been working in the early childhood sector for approximately 10 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 9 gorgeous grandchildren to date.  My interests are gardening, animals and health.  
Megan Muir

Megan Muir

Teacher
Third Year in Training (ECE)
Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
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!

Daphne Teau

Daphne Teau

Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Fully Registered
Comprehsive First Aid Certificate
 

Kia Ora my name is Daphne Teau, I have worked in the Early Childhood sector for over 30 years.  Working at Flying Turtles Pre-Schooleach day is never the same and I feel very excited to be working alongside an amazing team of teachers, children and their whanau.  I truly believe that young children have so much to teach us adults and I feel that I learn something new every day.
 
 

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