Meet Our Team

Frederick Street Kindergarten

Welcome, let us introduce you to our wonderful teaching team. At FSK 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”

Marie

Centre Manager
(B.Ed Dip Tch)

Early Childhood for the youngest tamariki is a very special time. With this in mind the team have developed the local curriculum to reflect what matters here. Kaitiakitanga is one component that I embrace with enthusiasm as we teach the children about nature, sustainability and guardianship of the whenua. Continuing to develop purposeful spaces in an unhurried and calm environment. Simply providing the best Early Childhood experience we can.

Jason

Jason

Senior Teacher

I’m a qualified early childhood teacher with 18 years’ experience in 5 centres, including a Pasfika centre in Whanganui, Palmerston North and Auckland. Myself and my wife have relocated to Hastings with our young son – Braxton, who will be joining me at Frederick Street Kindergarten.
I have a passion for teaching and having fun. I believe that if the children and the teaching team are having fun, learning new and exciting things is fun! I firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and I look forward to welcoming parents and their children to the centre and getting to know their amazing families.
My teaching philosophy focuses on creating a fully inclusive environment, one that values all akonga (learners), as valued members with their own gifts to share. I encourage akonga to teach and to learn alongside their peers – tuakana (more experienced peer) – teina (less experienced peer). I believe it is about more capable peers supporting each other sharing their own unique gifts. This is underpinned by my ultimate philosophy of having FUN!

Reesha

Senior Teacher
(B.Ed Dip Tch.)

Kia ora my name is Reesha. I am a fully trained and registered Early childhood teacher. I have been working in early childhood for 15 years, 5 years in Wellington and since 2010 at Frederick Street Kindergarten. I believe developing strong relationships with you and your child is of the greatest importance. Please feel free to share your child’s interests, strengths and needs with me. On a personal note I am married to Brendon and we have a 4 year old daughter named Paige. Outside of work family time is precious, so as a family we enjoy getting outdoors and swimming in summer!

Jess

Teacher

My name is Jessica Pratt; I have a Bachelor in Early Childhood and studied at Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood Association. I am also qualified in Comprehensive First Aid.
I live with my two daughters; Heidi who is 9 years old and Sasha who is 2 years old. I was brought up on a farm. So I firmly believe a natural learning environment is an asset to have within early childhood settings. I love art and creativity. I have a rabbit called Romeo, whom loves to come with me to hang out with children.
I personally believe that the quality of education a person receives in early life is indispensable in bringing out that person’s potential, and that all children should have access to quality learning and care. These notions are encapsulated in the Te Whāriki, Early Childhood Curriculum, whose principles I fully support. This is what I wish to incorporate within the Frederick Street Group and for your children.

Hana

Teacher

Talofa lava, my name is Hana.
I have a passion for tamariki and working alongside them. I am developing an understanding of how they learn and develop. I embrace the whanau at Freckle and FSK discovering their stories and sharing their aspirations for their children. I feel like I am full of fun, energy and aroha.
I share my time between Freckle and FSK and I love having the opportunity to build relationships with all the tamariki and their whanau.

Elyse

Resource 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.

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

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

We are very proud to own Frederick Street Family Centre – along with Freckle and the Frederick Street Kindergarten.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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