"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.
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.
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.
Belinda joined GCK in September 2022. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland and has worked in the early childhood sector since 2009. Belinda has two adult children and has lived in the Glendowie community since 2015. Her passion is engaging children in music and movement experiences, and in her spare time she enjoys crafting and cake decorating.
Belinda works 5 days a week at GCK.
Christine joined GCK in October 2022. She has a Bachelor of Education from Auckland University and a Diploma of ECE. She has been working in ECE in New Zealand, Australia and the UK since the year 2000. Christine has one boy who attends a local primary school.
Christine works 5 days a week at GCK as a part time teacher. She has a passion for the outdoors, sports and arts and crafts.
Ana attends Glendowie Presbyterian Church with her family and helps out with things creative – from baking to face painting! Raised in Australia, she worked for 15 years as a radiographer before becoming a stay at home mum to her two young children - who both loved their time at GCK.
Ana will be in the office on Monday and Tuesday mornings.