Front Office

Anna Rutten

Owner / Overseer
Mother to one and step mum to three children, grandmother to two children
Bachelor of Laws. Started Kidiwise February 2010.

Kidiwise was started by myself and my son, Joss, in February 2010. It has since doubled in size and developed into a Centre children love coming to - there's never a dull moment! Unless a child feels like they belong they cannot learn. Kidiwise establishes connections with their children. I believe Kidiwise. provides a top notch environment for your child to develop fully educationally, socially and physically with age appropriate sensitivity. There's no other Centre like it - anywhere!

Courtney Martelli

Centre Manager
Mother to two children (one at Kidiwise)
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate.

I have been working at Kidiwise for over twelve years. Being able to share the great outdoors at Kidiwise with children is something I love. My vision is to support children in developing their strengths and dispositions and to scaffold them through their journey to becoming competent, confident, lifelong learners. I strongly believe in children’s rights and that they should be heard and recognised for their individual strengths.

Nestlings

Courtney Martelli

Team Leader Nestlings
Mother to two children (one at Kidiwise)
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate.

I have been working at Kidiwise for over twelve years. Being able to share the great outdoors at Kidiwise with children is something I love. My vision is to support children in developing their strengths and dispositions and to scaffold them through their journey to becoming competent, confident, lifelong learners. I strongly believe in children’s rights and that they should be heard and recognised for their individual strengths.

Cassie King

Nestlings Teacher
Diploma in Teaching, ECE. First Aid Certificate.

I believe in empowering tamariki to be confident and competent lifelong learners. I value building respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships. I am currently studying early childhood education and am passionate about utilising our beautiful natural environments.

Nicki Grey

Nestling Teacher
Mother to three children
Diploma in Nursing. First Aid Certificate

I am a Registered Nurse with vast experience within hospital and community settings including paediatric nursing here in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I am a family focused person and love spending time with my three children and husband attending sports events, exploring and traveling. I am passionate about child development and assisting tamariki to feel a sense of belonging so they can learn and grow in a holistic way. I believe in building positive and respectful relationships with tamariki and whanau, understanding and learning others values and beliefs. My interests include going to the gym, walking on the beach and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy being part of the Kidiwise team.

Moreporks

Janelle Mellor

Moreporks Teacher
Mother to three children (one at Kidiwise)
Epilepsy Training, Behavioural Support Training, First Aid Certificate.

I have 9 years experience working as a Teacher Aide in special needs education where I honed my abilities in lesson planning assistance and student supervision. I have a people-centric nature, am a strong communicator and have a passion for building positive relationships. I enjoy building a nurturing safe learning environment for children. I look forward to getting to know you all at Kidiwise.

Michelle Lyn So

Moreporks Teacher
Mother to one at Kidiwise
Master's of Teaching Early Childhood Education

With nearly 15 years of global exploration as a dedicated flight attendant, my unfulfilled mission for shaping young minds led me to pursue a Master's in Early Childhood Education. I am committed to the principles of primary caring and establishing meaningful relationships with both tamariki and whānau. I believe that learning transcends beyond classroom walls, which we embrace at Kidiwise with our diverse pedagogy. I am devoted to fostering each child's individuality, supporting their interests, and nurturing a love for learning that extends far beyond traditional boundaries.

Sophia Jacobson

Moreporks Teacher
Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

I am passionate about working alongside children to create a nurturing and welcoming learning environment. I enjoy watching and supporting tamariki grow and develop into confident and competent individuals. I value building strong relationships with both whānau and children as it is important to understand others values and beliefs. I enjoy the hands on curriculum Kidiwise has to offer as I believe this is how children learn best.

Owls

Kate Price

Team Leader Owls
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) , Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. First Aid Certificate.

Kia ora, I have been working with children of all ages and stages for over 15 years in different settings. I am excited to be apart of the Kidiwise team in the Owls room and looking forward to exploring the outdoors and learning and growing with your tamariki. I have a strong passion for nature based play, building positive relationships with ngā tamariki and whānau and empowering tamariki to be lifelong resilient learners.

Bree Irvine

Owls Teacher
Mother to one child
National Certificate in Hospitality, Occupational Health and Safety, First Aid Certificate.

I am a mother to one returning to work. While on maternity leave I was involved with the local Play Centre. I am passionate about working with children. I was previously employed in hospitality as a trained chef and maitra 'd, then for a company at Tauranga Port as a health, safety and environmental officer. I love being a Mum cooking, swimming and walking.

Angie Brown

Reliever
Mother to two children
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate.

Kia ora, I am half Thai and half Filipino but born and bred in Tauranga. I love being a Mum to my two beautiful children Douglas and Daisy. I love forming loving and respectful relationships with our tamariki and their whānau and believe these bonds are so important in supporting their learning and growth. As a lover of the outdoors, I love the unique, natural environment and programme Kidiwise offers for our future generation.

Wise Owls

Brianna Goodman

Team Leader Wise Owls
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate.

I enjoy working with young children, seeing them gain independence and skills to prepare for life. My passion is assisting with young children's learning and development and guiding them through their early stages of life. I have a passion for the outdoors and love exploring with the tamariki, I especially enjoy exploring within the ngahere with the tamariki here at Kidiwise.

Tegan Riley

Wise Owls Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate.

I have a passion for working with young children. I enjoy doing music time and dramatic play with nga tamariki. I believe that children learn through play and that it is my role as a kaiako to provide children with new learning experiences that allow them to be creative, imaginative and confident. I also love the curriculum that Kidiwise has to offer.

Courtney Bignell

Wise Owls Teacher
Bach. Teaching (Primary), First Aid Certificate

Each child brings something unique to the Centre. It is important to my teaching practice that I foster relationships with the child's whanau where they feel they are consistently included in decisions that affect their child's learning. I am passionate about supporting and growing each child's potential by believing in them and treating them as the competent learners that they are.

Support Staff

Tracey Keene

Centre Cook
Mother to two and grandmother to two (one at Kidiwise)
Diploma in Hospitality, First Aid Certificate

I have always had a passion for cooking and love working with children. I have a background as a lead cook for a private hospital and have been working as a cook in the early childhood industry for over 6 years now. I love being a mum, grandmother, and cooking wholesome healthy meals that cater to the tamariki at Kidiwise. I look forward to creating lasting memories with the children and families.

Sharon Kelman

Reliever
First Aid Certificate

Kia ora, I am a mum of two adult children and a grandmother to one. I have worked within the childcare sector for 8 years. I believe every child deserves the best possible start to life. A secure, safe, and happy childhood is important and I believe every child is unique. I love that the tamariki at Kidiwise are constantly learning both indoors and outdoors.

Ruby Diack

Reliever

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in sociology and education. I am deeply passionate about educating tamariki and providing them with opportunities to excel. I believe each child has the potential to be kind, compassionate, and creative.

Luca Larsen

Reliever

I have been at Kidiwise Preschool since 2020 as a student teacher, volunteering, to becoming an early childhood reliever. I have dedicated many hours to Kidiwise Preschool and fell in love straight away. I love seeing children grow, learn and develop. I also love music, movement and jump jam.

Lilly Tuamu

Reliever
Mother to one child
Certificated, Bach. Teaching (ECE), First Aid Certificate

Talofa, malo e lelei, Nisa Bula, Namaste, Kia ora, Kia orana. I was born and grew up in Samoa for 18 years. It has been 20 years since my family moved to New Zealand. I am a mother to our beautiful son and a wife to Rev Alessandro Tuamu. I am from a big family of 8. Currently serving as church minister for our congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Tauranga. I have been working with children for 7 years. I chose this pathway, because I love being around my nephews and nieces, they inspired me. I value everyone's cultural backgrounds and values. I grew up in a strict Samoan culture and values, therefore I am very keen to share my language and culture with our Kidiwise whanau, children and staff. My interests are based on music and art. Ma lou faaaloalo lava. Faafetai.

Chao Zhai

Reliever
Bachelor of Law

I am currently studying a Masters of Teaching Early Childhood Education. I first came to Kidiwise as a student teacher and soon grew attached to the centre. I love watching children grow and shine. I believe children learn best through exploration. I love how children explore the indoor and outdoor environments at Kidiwise and share their amazing thoughts together.

Grace Wade

Reliever
Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Kia ora, I am currently studying at Toi Ohomai, completing my last year of my Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy watching tamariki learn, grow, make connections, and understand different parts of life. I believe Kidiwise is a great environment for tamariki to do this, and I have chosen to complete my last practicum here for these reasons, alongside doing relief work here as well.

Come Join the Kidiwise Team

We are always on the lookout for registered and unregistered, active, passionate, sustainable conscious, friendly teachers - permanent and relieving positions. If this is you and you are keen to work in a very different stimulating Centre, please send us your CV with covering letter to info@kidiwise.co.nz