Meet Our Team

Frederick Street Family Centre

Welcome, let us introduce you to our wonderful teaching team. At FSG we pride ourselves on the dedication and passion of our team, we look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Melody

General Manager / Educational Leader

I started working in Early Years Education 26 years ago and my passion for ensuring children and whanau have the best possible environment to begin their educational journey is what motivates me to be an educational leader. 

 My husband Jason also works in education and is a Primary Teacher. We are blessed to have 3 wonderful children – Josh (17), Lily-Mei (16) and Luke has just turned 10. I am originally from Hawkes Bay so I am delighted to be returning home where I can be closer to my extended family. 

Building positive and trusting relationships is at the ‘heart’ of teaching and I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your whanau. I am excited about working together with you and being part of this fantastic learning community. “Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi”

Elyse

Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Elyse, I have been working with the children of FSK for several years now, my son Fletcher attended FSK (now a big school boy) and my daughter goes to Freckle. I really enjoy my position within the centre working around the children. I have a passion for lifelong learning and really enjoy being part of the new discoveries our children make each day.

Tara

Teacher

Hello, I work at The Frederick Street Family Centre (Freckle) part time. I really enjoy working alongside our tamariki nurturing papatuanuku and watching both flourish.
I have two young children and having completed a drama degree first , I like to get involved with the socio-dramatic play that happens here at Kindergarten. I have a Stiener background – and like to bring the gentle rhythms of the seasons into our environment.

Atonauga

Teacher

Atonauga moved to NZ from Samoa in 2018. She comes from a family of teachers and has been teaching since 2012. Atonauga has always enjoyed working with children and has 4 beautiful boys. She believes teaching is a ‘calling’ and she delights in meeting the needs of the children and families in her care.

Lauren

Teacher

Lauren has a passion for Early Childhood Education and is in the last year of her Degree at EIT to become a fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Lauren was born in England and came to NZ when she was 8. Growing up with a much younger brother is what inspired her to be a teacher. She enjoys working at all 3 of our centres and is well loved by all our children and families. Lauren has a special interest in supporting children with diverse learning needs and children respond very positively to her calm and gentle way of being.

Dani

Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Dani.
I am originally from Zimbabwe and I moved over to New Zealand to complete my schooling and studies. I have recently graduated from Bethlehem Tertiary Institute and now have my Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood Education. I am very excited to be starting at Freckle as a full time teacher.

I look forward to continuing to build trusting relationships with you and your tamariki as I begin my teaching journey.

Arohanui

Ashleigh

Administrator

Kia Ora my name is Ashleigh,
He uri tēnei o Rongomaiwahine
(I am a descendant of Rongomaiwahine)
I was born and raised here in Hawke's Bay.
I have two beautiful children, my eldest attends FSK and my youngest is also at Freckle.
I have always had a passion for working with children. I've had great experience working with older children in Primary school, but I am excited to be working within ECE.
I am your go to person if you need help with anything regarding your children's enrolments and if you have an questions regarding your invoices.

Mauri Ora

Aimee Hawke and John Bartley

Aimee + John

Directors
(M.Ed, B.Ed, PGDipEdPsych)

We are very proud to own Frederick Street Family Centre – along with the Kindergarten and the Frederick Street Family Centre, We are so blessed to have such amazing people who love and cherish their roles in being part of you and your tamariki learning journey.

Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini –
My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective

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