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 18 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 Emma Sands and I am the Head Teacher in the Koru room

I moved to Te Awamutu 12 years ago with my now Husband, Scott. We have 3 children aged 6yrs, 2.5yrs and 1yr.

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 have recently started relieving at Little Minds. I am looking forward to starting as a permanent teacher in training studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) early next year.

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 relieving 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 be a permanent team member and to continue building successful reciprocal relationships with children, teachers, whaanau. I am a qualified Beauty Therapist by trade and still enjoy doing this in my spare time.

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

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