Our Little Minds team

We are a small close team consisting of 5 Qualified and Certified ECE Teachers,  2 teachers in training and 1 unqualified support staff.  Our Teachers and staff  have all been carefully chosen, not only for their qualifications and experience, but also for their passion to make a positive difference in the lives of the children they teach.

Kia Ora Whaanau,

My name is Sharon Lewis and I am the Centre Manager at Little Minds Early Learning Centre.

I am a qualified and fully certified Early Childhood Teacher with over 19 years experience in teaching and managerial roles in both Centre based and home based childcare.

Although I am originally from England I have lived in Te Awamutu for many years now, and I have two grown up daughters.

My passion is to provide quality early childhood education and care to all children. I believe it takes a big heart to teach little minds and we have carefully chosen Teachers that have really big hearts :)

I have many hats at the centre; I am a Teacher in the Koru room aswell as being the Manager and Administrator of the centre. So you will see me everywhere at Little Minds, but my favourite place to be is with the under twos. :)

Kia Ora my name is Marie Muir, and I am the Head Teacher in the Fern room

I'm a passionate teacher with 25 amazing years under my belt.

I always knew as a child that I would become a teacher of some sort so it was no suprise to my family and friends that I took this journey in life.

I love empowering and working with and alongside children as they make discoveries in an environment that is both natural for them to exlore the world around them and that is stimulating to help extend on their interests and personal learning journeys!

Kia Ora,

My name is Rayleen Diedericks and I will be joining the Little Minds Whaanau in the Fern room in February 2020

My husband, Josh, and I live on the outskirts of Te Awamutu with our little girl, Rylee.

I have been an Early Childhood Teacher for 7 years and am fully qualified and certified in this field.

My passion is to see the children explore in nature and further their own imagination. I also really enjoy being creative, seeing and supporting children to thrive in a great environment and reach their milestones. I love nurturing and ensuring children's needs are being met, creating that home away from home kind of environment. I see children as capable learners and love supporting their interests and providing opportunities for them to further themselves.

I am really excited to be joining Little Minds and look forward to meeting you all.

 Kia Ora, my name is Emma Sands and I am the Head Teacher in the Koru room

I moved to Te Awamutu 13 years ago with my now Husband, Scott. We have 3 children aged 7yrs, 4yrs and 2yrs.

I completed my Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood in 2014 and with over 10 years working in Early Childhood Education. I am forever learning and being inspired by children’s learning and development and the differing theories that are out there to support them.  My passion is working with babies, infants and toddlers and I am excited to be working in the Koru room.


Kia Ora my name is Emma Reader.

I am a fully qualified and registered teacher, with a passion for working with infants and toddlers.

Since graduating with my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in 2014 I have worked specifically with this age group and believe it is a privilege to be a part of your child's learning journey. This journey involves knowing each child and delighting in every wonder they discover as they play


Kia Ora my name is Jordan.

I live in Te Awamutu and am I am a teacher in training studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).

I am a mother of two children, Miah is 5 and Carter is 3. I love working with children at their level and assisting them to explore their interests, embrace their strenghts and help them to thrive.

Hello, I am Kayla To'angutu.

I live here in Te Awamutu, I am a qualified nanny and I have been working at a local preschool for 3 years now.

I really enjoy watching children learn and grow and planning fun activities with them. I am really excited to be a teacher in training at Little Minds.

Kia Ora my name is Shayla and I am 23 years old.

I live in Te Awamutu and I have been at Little Minds since December 2018. I love working with the babies and enjoy seeing them grow and thrive with us.

I am excited to build successful reciprocal relationships with children, teachers, whaanau. I am a qualified Beauty Therapist by trade and still enjoy doing this in my spare time.

Pre Enrol Now

if you have any queries or questions regarding your pre-enrolment, we are glad to be of assistance

Contact Us


Little Minds Early Learning Centre follows the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Te Whariki Early Learning Curriculum.

ECE funding available

Read More About Te Whariki