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Ginalyn Yumul

Centre Manager

Kia ora. My name is Ginalyn, and I am the Center Manager of Karori Kids Inc. I have been an educator since 2001. I have two Masters in Education (TESOL and English Teaching) and in 2010, I also completed my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education at Victoria University, Wellington. During my spare time, I like to do gardening, tramping, cooking, and surfing the net. Teaching is my passion and I believe that children are competent, capable, and powerful learners. Teachers should be able to provide them with opportunities to explore and develop their knowledge and skills whilst providing a warm, calming, and supportive learning environment.

Dian Jiao

Registered  Teacher

Tēnā koutou. My name is Dian Jiao, AKA JD, I was born and raised in China. At the age of sixteen I set sail to England, after that I worked for tech companies in China for a while. Later on I decided to come to New Zealand for a refreshing lifestyle. I find working with children and provide care for them is the most rewarding experience in the world. Hence, I started my teacher career, went through prolonged trainings, practices and graduated from New Zealand Tertiary College in Auckland. Furthermore, I teach in Lower Hutt for about a year.

I believe the best learning experience is achieved by enthusiasm through exploration. Therefore, I have lots of hobbies, in the areas of mathematics, guitar music, software programming, drone/RC flying, action figures, sport, linguistic studies and so on. I am an easy-going person and will always respect and listen to your opinion. I am proficient in Chinese, English language, and before Te Reo Māori I tried to learn Japanese whenever I had a chance. My priorities at the centre are providing your children with a joyful experience and supporting everyone here to be confident and competent learners.

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Tracy Keyes

Registered Senior Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Tracy and I have been teaching full time at Karori Kids since 2015. Travel and cooking are my biggest passions in life. I absolutely love exploring new countries, cultures and most importantly food. I have been volunteering for Good Bitches Baking which is a network of people who want to show kindness to those communities who are having a tough time. I have been teaching since 2012 and I love spending time developing relationships with children and am constantly amazed by the learning that happens for them every day.

Zhonggen Li (Regan)

Registered Teacher

Kia ora! My name is Zhonggen Li (Regan). I completed my graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2022 at University of Canterbury. I also have a Bachelor degree in accounting at Victoria University of Wellington. I always believe that tamariki have infinite potential, and I enjoy conveying mana and kindness between children. I will be willing to accept new challenges, contact different pedagogy and philosophy, help each child reach their highest potential based on their unique characteristics.

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Merciana De Guzman

Teacher

Kamusta! I am originally from the Philippines and moved to New Zealand in 2009. Since then, I have been an early childhood educator with massive experience in Montessori pedagogy. Engaging with children every day is my passion. I enjoy forming relationships with tamariki, kaiako, whānau and community. I love supporting and imparting knowledge with the children to help them build their confidence and learn skills that are important for their learning journey. I believe children need a sustainable and caring environment with variety of learning opportunities to help them develop holistically.

Reena Sajwan Gusain

Teacher

My name is Reena Sajwan Gusain. I was born in New Delhi; India and I have been in New Zealand since May 2011. I am married and have two beautiful children, Rayansh (Ray) and Priyanash (Anshu). I believe that each child is unique. As a teacher it is my responsibility to provide children with an environment that is safe, loving, caring, and inviting. As a teacher I will act as guide to allow the children's natural curiosity direct their learning and development. I will also promote respect for all children and their whanau. I believe that children are our future, and every child has the potential to bring something special to the world. As a teacher I will help the children to develop their potential by believing in them and supporting them as capable individuals. I will work alongside children in discovering who they are and where they belong, so they can express their own opinion and their own ideas to explore.

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