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Marion van Acker
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE)

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 Karaitiana
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

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.

Madelene Kleynhans
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE)

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.

Mary Kalin
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

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.

Melissa Finlay (formerly Melissa Hunt)
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

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!

Manjula Nilupul Magamamudali
Bachelor of Education (ECE)

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.

Margaret Trueman
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE)

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).

Molly Randall
Bachelor of Education (ECE)

I live in London and teach in a school for visually impaired children.

Mayuri Jain
Bachelor of Education (ECE)

After completion of my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) course, I saw a phenomenal change in my outlook about young children and ECE.

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