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As from 6 July I will be joining City Heights Montessori in Dunedin as a self-review and bicultural leader. I intend to put all I have learned through my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) in practice.
Mysti completed the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), graduating in 2013. Studying online gave her time to work full-time as well as raise a family. She now teaches under-two-year-olds in Hawke’s Bay. She has nearly completed her full teacher registration and is also studying Tikanga Māori.
I started as a primary school teacher from South Africa in ECE in November 2011. During July 2014 I decided to enrol for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE). Two months later I took on a role at another centre as a supervisor. Studying in NZ opened up a new world of knowledge for me. My goal is to support staff wherever I am; also, to motivate staff to become an excellent support to children in their growth and development.
Since qualifying, I have held long and short term relieving contracts with the South Taranaki Kindergarten Association before accepting a permanent teaching position at Patea Kindergarten last year, where I now teach as a proud fully registered teacher. I am committed to young children and providing them with a sound, professional quality education. I have discovered a deep interest in children who are learning English as a second language, and I would love to learn more.
I completed my degree in the end of 2012 and received my certificate in January 2013. I was already working at an early childhood centre, and when I wanted more hours and a challenge, I applied for and got a managing role. Once in my new role I had training in regards to leadership through supportive owners and am currently growing my skills, as I am still a learner, but every great leader is a learner!
I joined as an untrained teacher in 1992 in Sri Lanka and became a Trained Teacher of English in 1995. Ten years later I qualified as a Diploma holder in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). In another year’s time I qualified with the Certificate of Early Childhood Education and Child Care Education with the Open University of Sri Lanka. Finally in 2015 I completed my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), something which I always dreamt of.
In 2003 Maggie resigned from her job as a journalist so she could attend kohanga reo with her two daughters. When they went onto school, she was a parent support in their total immersion Maori class. This sparked an interest in teaching and in 2013, Maggie graduated with a Primary Teaching degree and was offered a position in an ECE centre. In 2016 she completed the NZTC Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education).
I live in London and teach in a school for visually impaired children.
After completion of my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) course, I saw a phenomenal change in my outlook about young children and ECE.