Debbie Stratton is the Centre Manager of KingsWay Community Preschools.  Debbie holds a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and has been involved in the early childhood sector since 1986 working across varied services.  Her passion is for teams to work together to provide best learning environments for children.

Debbie Stratton

Centre Manager

Michelle Rott is the Team Leader at the Red Beach Centre.  Michelle is primary school trained but has found a new love for early childhood education and began her career in ECE in 2010.  Michelle loves to build relationships with the children and learn about their interests and dreams.

Michelle Rott

Team Leader - Red Beach

Natalia Rapon is the Team Leader for the Hilary Room at the Silverdale Centre.  She holds a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and a Level 5 qualification with the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy. Natalia believes it is crucial to provide children with a safe and nurturing environment where they can express their interests and creativity freely as well as develop strong identities.

Natalia Rapon

Team Leader Hilary Room, Silverdale

Maria Slater is the Team Leader of the Grayson room. Maria Holds a Bachelor of Education (qualified teacher status) and for the majority of her teaching career she has taught new entry children in the UK.  Maria is passionate about supporting children on their learning adventure and nurturing their creative and enquiring minds.

Maria Slater

Team Leader - Grayson Room, Silverdale

Debbie Pitout is currently a teacher at Red Beach centre.  She holds a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and has been involved in early childhood since 1995.  Debbie is passionate about providing children with the best start to their preschool education through role modelling, caring and nurturing ways.

Debbie Pitout

Registered Teacher - Red Beach

Heather Upton has a Diploma in ECE and has been working in early childhood education since 2005.  She has a real interest in pre-school music and Te Reo Maori.

Heather Upton

Registered Teacher - Silverdale

Natalie Griffiths has a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and has been working in early childhood education since 2009.  Natalie has a keen interest in scaffolding children’s learning experiences and discoveries.

Natalie Griffiths

Registered Teacher - Red Beach

Tayler Nettmann holds a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and began her career in early childhood education in 2011.  She is passionate about seeing children reach their potential through their interests and relationship with God.

Tayler Nettmann

Registered Teacher - Silverdale

Kirsten Burtenshaw has a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and has been in early childhood sector since 2010. Kirsten is passionate about showing God’s love to children, and helping to foster their creativity and holistic development. Kirsten is currently on maternity leave.

Kirsten Burtenshaw

Registered Teacher - Silverdale

Pauline Shaw has held a diploma of teaching Early Childhood Education since 1992. Pauline loves the preschool years for the wonder and curiosity that children have. She is especially proactive in encouraging children to spend time in nature and in great books.

Pauline Shaw

Registered Teacher - Silverdale


Hsin-Yu Kuo is originally from Taiwan  and has been teaching since 2007. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Hsin-Yu is passionate about supporting children to reach their full potential as well as encouraging them to build relationship with God through role modelling.

Hsin-Yu Kuo

Registered Teacher - Silverdale

Katherine holds a bachelor of Education (ECE) and has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2007. Katherine is creative and enthusiastic and loves providing children with an environment that is challenging, so they can explore freely, learning as they play.

Katherine Claydon

Registered Teacher - Silverdale

Joanna Chhour is currently towards a Bachelor of Teaching through NZ tertiary College. Jo loves working with preschoolers and is passionate about seeing kids discover all they can be, supporting the family unit where she can, and being a part of an encouraging teaching team.

Joanna Chhour

Student Teacher

Rosie has recently finished Year 13 at Kingsway school and is excited at the prospect of studying early childhood education. She has a passion for children and being able to encourage their natural creativity and imagination and to instill in them a sense of wonder for God’s creation.



Rosie Friis

Student Teacher

Angela Carter has a background in school administration and enjoys helping people and children of all age groups. Angela is the Administrator and Family Liaison co-ordinator at the Silverdale Centre.

Angela Carter

Administrator and Family Liaison Coordinator

Vanessa Bardwell started her early childhood career in 2012 and has been working closely with children with diverse needs.  Vanessa is passionate about supporting children in a safe and nurturing environment.

Vanessa Bardwell

Administrator and Family Liaison Red Beach and Centre Assistant

Hestrie Els started her early childhood career in 2012.  Hestrie is a retired professional athlete and she loves working with children.  She enjoys helping them develop holistically to their full potential and loves to lead by example.

Hestrie Els

Centre Assistant Silverdale and Red Beach