Our Rimu Road Team

 

Tara Taaffe

Tara Taaffe

Owner & Managing Director

I am a passionate educator! While teaching in several high achieving schools within New Zealand, I developed a personal philosophy and skill set that I believe brings out the best in children. Learning through exploration, fun and facilitation is at the heart of what we do here. My love of music and drama, combined with the passions my talented team bring, can be seen in many aspects of life here at SCHOOL OF FISH. My experience as a primary school teacher, curriculum and team leader, enables me to work with families and my staff to ensure that the children at SCHOOL OF FISH receive quality learning opportunities that build strong foundations for the transition to school. Along with operating this busy centre, I love spending time with my husband, family and friends. I enjoy entertaining, eating out and seeing as much of the world as I possibly can.

Lani Till

Lani Till

Centre Manager

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Hello, I’m Lani a born and bred Kiwi who was lucky enough to join the School of Fish family in 2014. After completing my bachelor’s of Early Childhood Education from Auckland University in 2011, I moved over to Europe where I spent the next three years teaching and nannying in both London and Amsterdam.When I returned to New Zealand, I firstly worked at the Onehunga School of Fish and worked alongside the Big Fish team for seven months before heading away again to Maine in America to work at an all girls summer camp. I was then fortunate enough to be involved with setting up Rimu road and leading the Little Fish room. Since then I have done some more travelling and worked overseas as well as working across both Big Fish and Little School. I love being apart of the School of Fish Family and have a real passion for working with young children. Providing them with many opportunities to learn and grow as they discover the world around them in an environment that is nurturing and fun.

 

 

Jenny Craig

Jenny Craig

Little Fish Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Hello my name is Jenny. I have been teaching in early childhood for over 15+ years and my teaching focus lies with babies but enjoy working with all ages. I am very passionate about all children and see them as competent learners. By working together, we can build wonderful partnerships of lifelong learning and give children the necessary skills to become independent thinkers. I value parent partnerships and believe in the importance of working to become one. Since becoming a part of the School of fish family again I have broadened my knowledge and am enjoying working across all rooms. I have learnt to work beside the the children, at their level watching them make choices to work tings out for themselves. My spare time is surrounded by having family and friends close. I enjoy movies, cooking, travel and the odd bit of retail therapy.

Rachael Curtis

Rachael Curtis

Management Support and 2IC

Bachelor of Education -Primary Education
Kia Ora, I am from Yorkshire in England. I have a Bachelor of Primary Education that I received in 2010 from Leeds Metropolitan University. After I graduated I spent a year travelling in which time I visited New Zealand and fell in love with your beautiful country. Once I returned home I taught in a primary school for 3 years and then in 2014 I made the big move to Auckland. Teaching has always been my passion and I find it a very rewarding career. I believe in providing children with a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment in which they can learn new skills and develop their interests. From my experience as a primary teacher I recognise the importance of preparing children for their transition to school. I believe children need to be provided with opportunities to become confident, resilient, and independent learners to help ensure school is a positive experience for them. Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy socialising, eating out, walking and exploring this amazing country.


Ally Ranson

Ally Ranson

Little Fish Team Leader

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Kia ora, my name is Ally and I’ve been with School of Fish since end of 2018. I completed my Bachelor of Education (Early childhood) in 2009 in Wellington (where I grew up) and I taught there for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia to teach kindergarten for 3.5 years. I then moved back to NZ with my partner, where we have settled into life in Auckland. I have a range of experience working with all age groups from 0-5 and I have 7 years’ experience being in a leadership position. I am also currently undertaking a master’s degree in Early Years and I will finish that at the end of 2021. I love continuing to learn more about teaching in the early years and my passion is working with Under Two’s, as you get to form such strong reciprocal bonds and their curiosity and wonderment towards understanding the world is truly inspiring. I love supporting teachers on their teaching journey too and I hope this is an area I can explore further in the future. 


Babila Trivigno

Babila Trivigno

Little Fish Teacher

Hello , my name is Babila Trivigno! I was born and grew up in Italy with my  parents and two younger siblings. After school and during the summer holidays I used to work as a private nanny and as a teacher aide. It was through these experiences that I discovered my passion to work with young children. In 2013 after having completed school, my partner and I decided to come to New Zealand to travel and learn English but the beauty and the love for this country was so strong that we decided that this was the perfect place to build our future together; in fact last year we applied for residency and we are now New Zealand residents. Since I moved to New Zealand I have been working as a teacher with young children and in the near future I would like to start studying and became an ECE qualified teacher. 
Genevieve Kirkpatrick

Genevieve Kirkpatrick

Little Fish Teacher

Teacher in Training
My name is Genevieve, I am originally from South Africa. I came to New Zealand for the soul purpose of travelling and to visit my family that live here. I fell involve with this exquisite country and decided to find a University that I could study my passion, which is early childcare. I was accepted into New Zealand Tertiary Collage and I have started my studies there for a bachelor's degree in early childcare.
I have many years experience of been an Au Pair, working with children ranging from new born to teenagers and I have come to the conclusion my passion is with infants and toddlers. I feel happiest around children and I find observing and scaffolding them grow and develop very rewarding. I am a very sociable person who enjoys talking (a lot) I am a positive thinker and always willing to have fun and immerse myself in games and be involved in activities. I love learning new things and I am really excited about the future of becoming a qualified teacher. 


Laleeta Sae-Sue

Laleeta Sae-Sue

Big Fish Team Leader

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education 
Sawdee khaand hello! My name is Laleeta and I am half Scottish and half Thai. I have grown up in Mangere Bridge and love the sense of community it has.
I have a Bachelor of Education, specialisation in Early Childhood Education that I received from The university of Auckland. I started my teaching journey in New Zealand and in 2013 I headed to Australia to gain new experiences and knowledge. In 2016 after teaching in Australia for two and a half years and travelling around Europe I moved back home to Auckland. 
I worked at the Onehunga School Of Fish centre for 2 years and im now really looking forward to joining the Big Fish team here at Mangere Bridge.
I strongly believe in providing children with endless opportunities and environments where they are encouraged to inquire and discover through play and make discoveries for themselves. 


Annie Treeby

Annie Treeby

Big Fish Teacher

Teacher in Training
Kia Ora, I’m Annie Treeby and I work in the Little Fish room. I am originally from the U.K and have lived in New Zealand for 20 years. I hold a diploma in ECE education and also in fashion technology (level 7) but decided becoming apart of your childrens learning journeys was more down my isle after spending some time with Rachael while she was at Onehunga. I have a true passion for caring for children and helping them grow to be the confident little leaders they are. I believe children are the heart of everything we do and we can learn as much from them as they do us. Outside of work I enjoy going to my batch in matarangi, where me and my partner Vincent spend most of our weekends. I also enjoy spending time with our family and friends.

 


Sarah Deverell

Sarah Deverell

Big Fish Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Kia Ora, My name is Sarah; I am a Unitec student currently working towards my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). I have a special interest in working with 2-5-year old’s.  Children learn through play and exploration and I love to empower, encourage, understand and respect each child. I believe each child is a unique individual and brings a wealth of knowledge, and experience, they teach me so much and it is a privilege to be a part of their lives. I am also passionate about sport and movement. I worked for Playball for 3 years before starting my degree. In 2012, I completed a diploma in sports and recreation. I like to cycle to work and enjoy playing squash, I also enjoy doing triathlons in the summer.  I am involved in Trampolining and like judging throughout the competition season. I have grown up in Auckland and went to Mt Roskill Grammar School. 

Melissa Newbury

Melissa Newbury

Big Fish Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Kia Ora! My name is Melissa Woodley. I have been working with School of Fish for approximately 4 years. I originally started at the Onehunga school of Fish as a casual reliever. I have now taken on a permanent teaching role in the Big Fish room. I have been teaching in the early childcare sector for over 15 years. My teaching journey began not long after I finished high school when I became a nanny then moved into early childhood centres when I began my studies at Manukau Institute of Technology where a received a Bachelor of Education. I believe children are unique individuals and should endeavor endless opportunities through play and exploration to express themselves emotionally, physically, socially and cognitively. As a teacher I am passionate about children being treated with respect and given time and space they need to develop, discover and learn. I look forward to sharing this experience with the wonderful teaching team, children and their families here at School of Fish!


Amie White

Amie White

Little School Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Hello my name is Amie and I am originally from Hamilton but moved up to Auckland in 2015. Ever since I was 4 years old I wanted to be a teacher and absolutely love working with children. I worked in the Big Fish room at Onehunga School of Fish for 2 1/2 years. 
I am now really excited to have the opportunity to work at Rimu Road with the preschool children in the Little School room. 
In my spare time I love to travel and go on hikes where I can practice my photography skills.


Rich Monk

Rich Monk

Little School Teacher

Hi my name is Richard, but all my friends call me Rich. I am an enthusiastic professional with a passion for working with children and young people. After my first round the world trip I found myself back in my small English hometown working in my old ECE center. I absolutely loved it and spent over 6 years there. During that time, I attained Level 2/3 NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development. I later moved to Thailand and spent 2 years teaching English in an International Primary school. The people, food and adventure's were most memorable. Since arriving back in New Zealand I have Managed 2 successful OSCAR Programmes and worked alongside Athletics NZ delivering sports programmes and fundamental movement skills to children in schools across Auckland. I love sports (especially football) travel, good food and the outdoors. I am thrilled to get back into ECE and work alongside the fantastic team here at School of Fish.


Jessie Major

Jessie Major

Little School Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Hello parents and caregivers. I’m Jessie Major and I will be teaching in the Little School room.
It’s a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to be teaching children at School of Fish. I am excited to be part of the children’s learning journey. It is always an adventure teaching and it is something I am very passionate about. Over the past few years, I have been teaching in Dubai and in China. I have enjoyed these experiences and they have impacted me significantly and have been beneficial to my teaching practice. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, painting and sports and have a love for   music.
I look forward to getting to know your children and connecting with you all. 

Daniel Lovatt

Daniel Lovatt

Little School Teacher

Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
 Kia ora whanau, I’m Daniel Lovatt. I will be teaching part-time in Little School. On the days when I'm not teaching, I will be at the University of Auckland completing my PhD in early childhood education. Look out for me and my family in Mangere Bridge as I am a local, and always have been. I live here with my partner Marisa, and daughters Ali who is 17 and at Onehunga High School, and Aly who is 9 and at Waterlea Primary. I love the community, the maunga, the moana, and the people that live here. My journey to becoming an early childhood teacher is a little different to others. In the past, I have worked as an electrician and an electrical engineer. After remembering my passion for 3 and 4 year olds, I went back to university in 2009 and gained my early childhood teaching qualifications. Since then, I have taught in a couple of centres, and then spent the last few years back at university as a full-time student gaining further qualifications. Outside of work and study, I love to travel both in New Zealand and internationally, read, and get into projects around the house. I am excited to teach at School of Fish, and look forward to getting to know you and your children.

Alexandra Lu

Alexandra Lu

Teaching Assistant

Bachelor of Arts- Education and Interpreting 
Kia Ora, I’m Alexandra Lu and I’m so glad to join the teaching team here at The School of Fish. I have been relieving since year 2 in university and wanted to continue my journey in early childhood field. I have a passion working with children and happy to see them grow and explore themselves in the centre. I’m looking forward to seeing you and your children in the future. I hope I can help your children to grow happily and confidently in The School of Fish. 

Nicole Otto

Nicole Otto

Centre Chef

Hi my name is Nikki, I’ve worked in hospitality for the past 7 years, from food trucks, cafes, restaurants and catering. I really  enjoy cooking and find it super relaxing. I like to make food exciting and fun but healthy too.
I have a real passion for photography and in my spare time I have a small art business selling coastal photographs and making resin home ware.
I am really looking forward to getting to know the children and their families here at School of Fish