Meet Our Team
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Fully CertifiedKo Moumoukai te maungaKo Nuhaka te awaKo Rakaipaaka te iwiI am a passionate teacher with a heart for nurturing children in a loving environment. I was born and raised in Cambridge and have been part of the Elim Church family since 2008. In 2013 I began teaching here and became the centre manager in 2017. I am a fluent speaker of te reo Māori and believe all teachers should have a spark in their eye, fire in their belly and peace in their heart.
Melissa CookTEAM LEADER
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) Provisional Certification. Kia ora, my name is Melissa Cook. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching in Primary and have been working at Elim since 2009. My husband and I have 3 children of our own. I believe building positive and meaningful relationships with the children and their whānau, is the best way to understand each child’s own interests and strengths. My passion is to support children to be creative thinkers and problem solvers who experience God’s love and the world around them.
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Fully Certified Tena koutou whanau, I was raised in Cambridge, am happily married and have recently moved to Hamilton. I am passionate about working with children and watching them find that “light Bulb” moment. I believe that it is important for every child to feel and be valued and included in everything we do. I currently hold a degree in primary teaching also. My aspiration is to work towards gaining my degree in Early Childhood. Kia Kaha.
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Fully Certified Hi, my name is Heather and I work in the Wellsprings room. I live locally with my husband, daughter and 6 pet clownfish. I have been part of the team here since 2012 and I value the sense of community here. I believe that children learn most effectively when they are using their own inquisitive and imaginative minds to direct their play. "Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn" -O. Fred Donaldson.
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Provisional Certification. Talofa Lava, I was raised in Cambridge and together with my Husband Asosi we have 3 amazing children. I teach in both the Streams and Wellsprings rooms, and adore the joy and challenges that it brings me. I believe that strong relationships with whānau help me nurture and grow the tamariki in my care. I aim to foster a sense of love, trust, creativity and adventure within all children here at Elim
Ann RyanSUPPORT TEACHER
My husband and I moved from South Africa in 2008. We have four children, 3 girls and a boy. I am member of the Elim church community and help to run the children’s programme on Sunday’s. My work in early childhood began in 1998 and stemmed from my desire to see my own children grow. Now days I enjoy getting to know each child and their unique differences and providing them with the love and care they deserve.
Karen MoarADMINISTRATION & FINANCE MANAGER
Warren (deceased) & I started the Cambridge Elim Church in 1994, with our 3 Children. Since then I now have 9 wonderful grandchildren, married to Bryce and we own a lifestyle block that we look after. I have worked at Elim since the opening of ELC 2009 and do all the Elim ELC Administration, the finances for the ELC, School Holiday Programme and Elim Church. I believe I have the best of both worlds as well as doing the finances, I love interacting with the children and parents of our Centre.
Kerin FrostSUPPORT TEACHER - SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME SUPERVISOR
I live with my 2 girls and have worked at Elim since 2011. I love organising learning activities, especially indoor and outdoor games, arts, crafts and musical activities. I champion our Healthy Heart Program and during the school holidays manage Elim’s ‘Kool Kidz’ school holiday program.
We carefully select our teachers through a comprehensive hiring process which includes a formal application pack, three reference checks, police vetting and a formal interview. Each teacher is hired with a particular passion in mind, and is empowered to take ownership over aspects of the programme. We also invite student teachers to join our team on a regular basis when they are studying. This is a great opportunity for teachers in training to come and learn, as well as offer many unique ideas and suggestions which are contemporary in their training. When students are here, please feel free to ask them about your child’s day. However, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning and development, please ensure you ask the regular teachers or team leaders.
Early Childhood Education is unique compared to teaching primary aged children in that there is more than one adult teaching many children. As a consequence, teamwork is essential to the ongoing development and health of the programme. We make a point of building up our teams and seeking to define a unified approach to the education and care of all the children.
All teachers have a 6 month review upon hiring, and then move to our annual review process which ensures they have a focus for continual improvement. We provide opportunities throughout the year for teachers to attend training and professional development courses. This helps them develop their teaching skills and gain new ideas for improving your child’s learning experience.
Advisory and Support Personnel
Our provisionally registered teachers have regular training sessions, as well as individual learning plans, which are tailored to their unique needs.
“Parent wishing to remain anonymous
My daughter started at Elim when she was one. I truly believe that she's in a supportive and nurturing environment with teachers who care enough to know how to respond to her needs. Every morning they take time to settle her and when I arrive in the afternoon she is always happy and engaged with a teacher.She is exposed to so many amazing learning experiences by diverse staff with a huge range of talents and skills. I love Elim and would recommend it to anyone.
“Parent wishing to remain anonymous
One of the many things I appreciate about Elim Early Learning Centre is the interest the staff and teachers take in the whole family, not just my toddler. When we come to pick up my toddler, my other child is greeted by her name and often find her engaged in conversations with the staff. Elim has welcomed other important people in my toddler's life into the centre during visits and special occasions. This has really helped her sense of belonging, as the connection between her home and centre has been developed and kept strong.