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.

Catherine Wards-Davey

Registered Senior Teacher

Ko Catherine tōku ingoa no Karori ahau. I am a full-time teacher at Karori Kids and have been teaching since 2012. I love studying new things, dressing up, wandering in greenspaces and retelling folk stories. I am very privileged to be able to spend my days here with your delightful tamariki as I support their learning and watch them grow and blossom. I am passionate about advocating for children’s rights, sustainability and being a responsible Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner.


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.

Savannah Barrack

Registered Teacher

Kia ora. My name is Savannah. I completed my Bachelor of Education specialising in Early Childhood Education in 2020 at Auckland University of Technology. I love travelling to new places and exploring all the beautiful and wonderful things that our world has to offer. I also love going for nice meals, catching up with friends and shopping. Teaching in Early Childhood is my passion, and it has been my dream since I was 8 years old. The bit that draws me to the teaching industry the most is that I can watch children develop holistically as they build a solid foundation of lifelong learning.

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Merciana De Guzman


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


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.