Dedicated & Qualifed

MEET OUR LYNFIELD TEAM

We have a committed team of experience teachers who have served us for a long period of time. Our teachers value each child as an individual and provide many opportunities for them to learn. We are also committed to uphold a high percentage of qualified teachers. As a multi-cultural team, we bring with us a diversity, which has helped us design a rich teaching and learning programme, which is culturally rich and intellectually stimulating. A team that has put in years of experience into creating a home away from home, a place which fosters curiosity, a place of exploration, research and discovery.Developing meaningful relationships with children and families is something that is highly valued and what we strive to achieve.

Amber Lepine-Williams

Supervisor

Kia Ora,

My name is Amber and I am the Supervisor at Rising Stars. I am a mum of two wonderful tamariki of my own. I have always loved being around children; I love their honesty, how inquisitive they are, and the fantastic things they say.

Our children are precious and they need a nurturing environment to explore their potential in their own time. I am part of a wonderful team who can that can provide that.

Nita Creado

Room Leader

Kia Ora,

I immigrated to NZ from India 17 years back and I have been a part of Rising Stars ever since then. 

My journey in teaching started about 28 years back, after I completed my bachelors in education. I taught both in India and the Middle East , this experience was key in helping me understand and learn more about different cultures globally.  

Teaching is my passion and so is my love for music and dance. I am trained in Indian classical dance, I love dramatic and other forms of visual and performing arts. All these skills have helped and supported me in my passion for teaching children. I believe that teaching is not a profession but a vocation and it is something that I enjoy and Cherish the most.

Seema Sidana

Room Leader

Kia Ora,

My name is Seema and I moved to New Zealand in 2008 from India. Since then I have been a part of Rising Stars team. I love being here in this country & my work place which is my extended family. I love being with children & supporting them to become confident & happy learners. Meeting their families and making them believe & trust me gives me immense pleasure and I get to learn so much about the other cultures. I am glad I chose this profession which keeps me energetic & motivated.

Gloria Menezes

Room Leader

Kia Ora,

My name is Gloria Menezes I am from India. My family and I migrated to New Zealand 17 years ago and I have been at Rising Stars ever since.I have been a Primary school teacher in India and I thoroughly enjoy working with children. 

I have completed my Bachelor's  in Teaching Early Childhood Education. At Rising Stars I work with the preschoolers  and I enjoy every moment of my interaction with them.

Ruth Christian

ECE Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora,

My name is Ruth Christian. We as a family migrated to New Zealand from India in 2001 and have grown to love this beautiful land. I love going for long walks and enjoy cooking. I am working in the Toddlers Room and I love to observe the tamariki  in the toddlers room as they spontaneously explore and use their wonderful working theories. Storypark has ben a great inspiration for me as I am able to post their stories and pictures and at the same time be able to connect with the parents and whanau about their children and grandchildren. I look forward to more fun times with the tamariki and be able to catch those magical moments and document them.

Liu Yang

ECE Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora,

My name is Liu Yang, and you are welcome to call me Nikki. I come from China, and I have achieved Graduate Diploma in early childhood teaching (level 7), as well as Postgraduate Diploma in early childhood education (level 8) with New Zealand Tertiary College. 

My passion for working with children gives me the opportunity to learn with and alongside the children.

I believe that all the children are a blessing and have a right to be loved, cherished and supported, to be the best they can be. I value and appreciate the chance to work with the children and whanau in Rising Stars.

I believe that in collaboration with the family and community in Rising Stars, I am able to guide and develop the children to their full potential, through their individual interests. 

Elizabeth Budai

ECE Qualified Teacher

Kia ora!

My name is Liz Budai and I am a Early Childhood Teacher of Waiti room at Rising Stars Childcare Centre of Lynfield.

Sweta Subedi

Teacher

Kia ora!

My name is Sweta & I am from Nepal. I have been living in New Zealand since 2002, I have been working as a teacher at Rising Stars for 10 years with a diploma of early childhood education pasifika level 5.  I love to travel to different countries and learn and have an interest in learning new cultures. I also love working with children and enjoy taking care of them! 

Pavithra Sandamalee Somaratne

Teacher

Ayobhowan! Kia ora! Hello!

My name is Pavithra and I am from Sri Lanka. I was a primary school teacher in my home country for more than 8 years and after moving to New Zealand, I got inspired by the ECE education system here. I have worked with Rising Stars for the past few years and feel proud to advance my career with them. I live in Auckland with my husband and three lovely children.  My interests are cooking and trying different recipes and spending some quality time with my family.

Neeraj Vashista

Teacher

Namast
I am Neeraj from the vibrant and colourful country.... India. I have done my Masters in Literature and Graduate Diploma in Teaching and have 16 years of teaching experience. I came to New Zealand in 2007 since then working in this industry. I was full-time registered teacher but from last few years working as a relief teacher. Teaching is my passion and I love to be with children as they are our source of inspiration rather I would say... they are my heart beats. Working with Children  takes  us to the different world where we face  lots n lots of challenges but it's a very good learning for us too. I am fortunate to be the part of this wonderful team of Rising Stars.

Luvisminda Arriola

ECE Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora!

My name is Minda Arriola. I am a Pilipino by birth and a citizen of this beautiful country, New Zealand. I am married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. I have been with children in the ECE sector here in NZ for the past 18 years and yet, until now, I am still enjoying my time with them. For me, living is incomplete if I am not teaching or nurturing or educating someone.

Victoria Lynn King

Cook

Kia Ora!

My name is Victoria King. I was born and raised in Auckland. I have three children two live in Auckland and one is in Madrid Spain.

I love the great outdoors and I reside in the forest of the waitakere ranges and go on many tramping trips around different parts of New Zealand.

Cooking and baking is something I have always enjoyed doing  and I believe that healthy food is the basis for a healthy life.

I attended a food safety course with the New Zealand school of food and wine. Providing nutritious food for the children at the Rising Stars is something I enjoy and feel is an important role to play.

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