Our experienced, qualified, and diverse team of teachers work closely together to benefit the children in our care.
ClareOwner / Manager
I came to Smiley Faces in 2013 after many years’ experience in senior positions involving people leadership, business management and marketing. I enjoy supporting both teachers and children to learn and thrive.
I hold a BA(Hons), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, a Company Director’s Certificate, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE), and a current First Aid certificate.
Murray and I have two children, Grace and Christopher who are in their teenage years. We enjoy active holidays and supporting our children in their passions and interests.
I joined Smiley Faces in 2016 as a Cook/Assistant Teacher and I have previously worked as a chef for many years. In 2019 I completed my Degree in Teaching (ECE) and became a Registered Teacher in the Tuakana/Pre-school team. I hold Food Safety Certificates, and a First Aid Certificate. In 2021 I was promoted to the Team Leader position in the Tuakana/Pre-school room.
I joined Smiley Faces in August 2015 after many years teaching in Rotorua. After 3 years leading the Tuakana/Preschool programme here, I took over the leadership of the Teina/Nursery programme in 2018. I enjoy building relationships with children, parents and my peers. As a Tongan, I bring a deep respect for Te Reo and Pacifika cultures. I have a Degree in Teaching (ECE) and a current First Aid Certificate.
I am a Registered ECE Teacher with a Certificate of Equivalence (Diploma of Teaching) and a current First Aid Certificate. I started with Playcentre before taking a position as Supervisor with this Centre and have enjoyed many years working with all age groups of children.
I am married to Murray and we have 3 adult children and many grandchildren. I enjoy gardening, yoga, and spending time with family.
I grew up in Rotorua and completed my Graduate Diploma in ECE through Victoria University. Before teaching, I practised as a nurse. I enjoy walking, dancing, and travelling. I do not have any children of my own, however I am looking forward to fostering children in the future. I hold a current First Aid Certificate.
I am originally from Wellington and moved to Upper Hutt in 2018. I completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching in 2010. I also hold a current First Aid Certificate.
I joined Smiley Faces in October 2018 and am enjoying the environment here including working with the teachers, whānau and children. I married in 2019 and have 2 step-children. I love swimming, walking, reading and playing the ukelele.
I joined Smiley Faces as a Cook/Assistant Teacher during 2021 and enjoy preparing and serving tasty healthy meals for our tamariki. I also have a passion for gardening and enjoy sharing this interest with the children. I hold an Advanced Food Safety Certificate and a First Aid Certificate.
I am a ECE Teaching Student (1st year) at Victoria University. I started working at Smiley Faces after my first practicum experience there. I enjoy working with all ages of tamariki and their families.