Early Childhood Education Centre in Richmond

Meet the Kaiako at Champion Kids



Tēnā Koutou

Ko Maungatapu te maunga

Ko Maitahi te awa

Nō Whakatu ahau, e noho ana ahau i Brightwater

Ko Hana ahau

I am the Centre Manager at Champion Kids and a fully certified Early Childhood Teacher with a Bachelor of teaching in Early Childhood Education.  I have been teaching in early childhood centres in the Nelson and Tasman regions for over 12 years. 

I live in Brightwater with my husband and our children Sophie and Tom, in our spare time we enjoy family time with our dog Bud, camping and spending time with our friends and family.

 I have always been passionate about working with infants, toddlers and young children and feel very privileged to be able to provide a safe, fun and exciting early childhood environment for your child and family.




Kia ora e te whānau

He mihi mahana ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe

Ko Titiraupenga te maunga

Ko Waikato te awa

Ko Te-Whanganui-a-hei te moana

Nō Tokoroa  ahau

Ko Le’a ahau

I am the Team Leader in the Cottage area.  I have been working in Early childhood education for over 22 years and I'm still as passionate about it now as I was then.  My husband Cory and I have two children, Regan and Jade.

I believe that whanaungatanga (relationships) with children and their families and open communication are the most important factors when it comes to successful early childhood education.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child(ren) and I am excited to be able to watch them grow and develop during their learning journey at Champion Kids.




Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Mangatapu te maunga

Ko Maitapu te moana

Nō Whakatū ahau

Ko Pat ahau

I am the Team Leader in the Preschool Room.  I have been teaching in Early Childhood Education since I graduated from Massey College of Education in 1999. I live in Nelson with my partner and together we have 5 boys. We enjoy getting away in our caravan and exploring the region with our children. I look forward to being a part of you and your child’s early learning journey at Champion Kids




Kia ora Koutou,

Ko Wharepapa te maunga
ko Motueka te awa

ko Tai-o-Aorere te moana

Nō Mapua ahau; e noho ana ahau i Wakefield

Ko Natalie ahau

I teach in the Cottage area. I gained my Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education in 2016, and I am a fully certified teacher. My teaching philosophy and practice reflects the importance of respectful, responsive, and caring relationships that nurture children's sense of belonging, well-being and confidence as learners and communicators. I was born and raised in the Nelson region and I currently live in Wakefield with my husband Michael who is a builder, my young daughters Arabella and Olivia. I have lived in Colombia, where my mum is from, and Ireland, but I have always returned to Nelson as my home town, my türangawaewae. I enjoy the arts, reading, cooking, and getting out into nature when I can. I consider it an incredible privilege to work with and alongside the children and whānau here at Champion Kids.



Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Maungatapu te maunga

Ko Maitahi te awa

Ko Tai o Aorere te moana

Nõ Whakatū ahau

Ko Jenna ahau

I am qualified and a fully certified teacher and I work in the Cottage area.  I graduated through Canterbury University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education.  I live in Waimea with my husband Dylan and our son's Boston and Hudson.  In our spare time we love watching and playing sports especially rugby!  I have been working with infants and toddlers for over five years now and have a real passion for working in this area.  I look forward to building strong relationships with you and your children and supporting them as they learn and grow.



Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Aoraki te maunga

Ko Ōtakaro te awa

Nō Waimea ahau

Ko Nanette ahau

My name is Nanette but I get called Nan most of the time.  I teach in the Preschool room with our 2 to 5 year olds.  I have been working in ECE for the past 10 years and hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.  I am a social person who loves having people around her.  I thoroughly enjoy working with children and building relationships with them and their extended whānau.



Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Pukeone te maunga

Ko Owen te awa

Nō Whakatū ahau

Ko Laura ahau

I teach in the Cottage. I have lived in Nelson my whole life and I love being in Nelson. In 2019 I began my Early Childhood qualification and I graduated in 2021. Outside of my awesome job at Champion Kids I enjoy being a part of the church and volunteering my time when I can. I look forward to getting to know you and your child as they learn and grown and have an amazing time at Champion Kids.


Kia ora Koutou,

Ko Joy ahau

I teach in the Preschool Room, I live in Richmond with my son, I grew up in Otautahi (Christchurch) and have travelled around South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe before living in London for a year.  I love learning about different cultures and languages so I am currently working on incorporating more Te Reo Maori into my teaching practices.  I graduated with my teaching degree in 2016 and have been a kaiako for the past 5 years.  Outside of work, my passion is sport and taekwondo.  I have done taekwondo for the past 3 years and compete in tournaments around the South Island. I look forward to getting to know you all here at Champion Kids. 


Kia ora Koutou

Ko Maungatapu te maunga

Ko Maitahi te awa

Ko Tai o Aorere te moana

Nō Tāmakimakaurau ahau

Ko Whakatū te tūrangawaewae

Ko Tracey ahau

I am a Teacher Aide in the Cottage area. My husband Mat and I live locally in Richmond and have two teenage daughters Isabelle and Bridie.  I have a bubbly personality and I look forward to meeting you all and sharing some fun times with your fabulous children.



Tēna Koutou katoa

Ko Paparoa te maunga

Ko kawatiri te awa

Ko Buller Bay te moana

Nō Kawatiri ahau

Ko Louise ahau

I am a Teacher Aide in the Cottage area.  I have over 6 years’ work experience as a Teacher Aide in Early Childhood Education.  I love watching and supporting children to learn, grow and discover the World around them.  I have three children of my own - Taylor, Georgia and Stella.  I look forward to getting to know your child and family.



Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Kohukohunui te maunga

Ko Hunua te awa

Ko Kawakawa te moana

Nō Tāmaki Makaurau ahau

Ko Debbie ahau

I am a Teacher Aide in the Preschool Room.  I have recently moved to Nelson from Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland where I worked as an in-home carer/teacher. I look forward to getting to know your child and family.