"The teachers use good questions to prompt children's problem solving and independent thinking. Children and teachers share information and ideas, work together and learn alongside each other."
- Ministry of Education ERO Report, March 2020
Karen joined GCK late in 2019 after many years teaching at a kindergarten in Remuera. As a fully qualified ECE teacher with both a Diploma in Child Studies and a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood,) Karen brings over 20 years of experience, passion and a will to make a difference which will stand GCK in good stead in the future. Karen currently works 4 days a week at GCK Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Karen took on the head teacher role in September 2021.
Catherine joined GCK in 2012. She became interested in ECE teaching after attending Playcentre with her 3 children where she enjoyed exploring and experimenting with them, and finding creative ways to extend learning. She attended Auckland University in 2008 to complete her ECE teaching qualification. Although based in Glendowie, Catherine's husband's career took the family to live in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Catherine works 3 days a week at GCK (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). Catherine holds a BA (Political Science) and a Grad Dip Tch (ECE) from Auckland University.
Melinda originally trained in Australia and worked in kindergartens in Australia, England and New Zealand before having her three children Elijah, Dashiell and Xavier. She has worked at GCK since 2014.
Melinda currently works 3 days a week at GCK, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and enjoys working alongside both the staff and children in such a caring, fun and stimulating environment.
Andrea joined GCK in 2020. She worked at Kohimarama Montessori Preschool for a year before having her first child. She then took a break from teaching to be a stay-at-home mum to her 3 daughters. Latterly she taught at Ponsonby Montessori Kindergarten and the Carol White Family Centre at Selwyn College. Andrea loves working with the wonderful teachers, support staff, children, families and community. She works 5 days a week at GCK.
Rose has been associated with GCK for many years (her grandmother was one of the founders). She also attended when it first opened in 1996. In late 2012, she returned to her old kindergarten to assist and now works three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.)
She has gained a Certificate in Early Childhood Practice through Open Polytechnic and has just completed her Bachelor of Teaching ECE.
Becs has been associated with GCK since 2020. Becs has a BEd and MEd from the University of Auckland. Becs has taught New Entrant, Year 1 and Year 2 classes in Tauranga, Christchurch and Auckland.
Many of you may know her as Sawyer’s mum. Sawyer attends GCK, while his siblings, Hugo and Stella are at Glendowie Primary. Becs works Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Rachael has been a teacher assistant at GCK since 2019. She has a BEd from the University of Auckland.
Before Rachael became a full time mum, she taught in London, New Zealand and western Australia. Both of Rachael’s daughters attended GCK. Rachael works for GCK on Thursdays and Fridays.
Gabi is a member of Glendowie Presbyterian Church, she works for Mainly Music, and has previously fulfilled an administrative role in the church. Her two children - Cleo and Suzanah – both attended GCK. Gabi works in the office on Thursdays and Fridays.