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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 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 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!
 
 
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.  
Melissa Taite

Melissa Taite

2IC
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.
Danielle Schache

Danielle Schache

Head of Under Two's
Third year in Training (ECE)
 
Hi my name is Danielle Schache.  I started working with preschool children as a qualified swimming instructor in 2014, and made the decision to study and work n Early Childhood Education from there.  I have a national diploma specialising in partnership with Pasifika children and their families, and I am currently studying the third year of my bachelor's degree through online correspondence.  
I live in Papakura with my husband and our two cats.  In my free time I enjoy reading, painting, and going to concerts.  
Mandie Brown

Mandie Brown

Teacher
Bachelor in Teaching (ECE)
Fully Registered
Comprehensive First Aid Certifcate
 
Hi, I have been working in ECE since 2010 and been a playcentre mum since 1998.  I love working alongside children and making their learning fun.  I enjoy garden design and putting my hand into many projects.  I have 3 awesome children who are my world.  My favourite saying is 'there is no such thing as can't'.  
Jessica Tinning

Jessica Tinning

Teacher
Third Year in Training (ECE)
 
Coralie McFall

Coralie McFall

Teacher
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE)
Provisionally Registered
 
Hi, my name is Coralie McFall and I am proud to be part of the Prickly Hedgehog teaching team.  I have been working in Early Childhood Education for over nine years, and I am now a qualified teacher with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE).  I love working and playing alongside young children, supporting their holistic learning and development. 
I live in Papakura with my husband James, and my gorgeous dog Jack.  I love to read books, go on walks with my dog, get crafty with art and sewing projects, as well as watch movies in my spare time.  
 
 

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