We are pleased to have qualified, experienced and registered teachers to provide quality planning and programmes for your child.
Lyn Glendining (Co-ordinator)
Lyn has completed her Early Childhood Teaching Degree, June 2017. She has had a lifetime of loving and caring for children. Lyn attends Elim church and loves serving on the hospitality team. She enjoys spending time with her family, and grandchildren. I am blessed to work in an environment that reflects my Christian values and faith in my teaching practice. I believe that all people should have equal and equitable opportunities. I am committed to teaching the children in my care, about our bi-cultural responsibility honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. I provide teaching experiences to suit children with different learning abilities. I value children for their unique talents and abilities. I advocate for children’s rights, for their health and safety, and for my colleagues. I value play as a pedagogy, children learn through playful meaningful experiences. I believe that forming reciprocal relationships with children, their whanau, families, and the community are crucial in providing for the needs of children. God bless. Nga mihi Lyn.
Debbie Bethune (Head Teacher)
Debbie Bethune is an early childhood teacher with a lot of experience working in a variety of settings. She believes that we are all teachers and learners and we learn from each other. She is passionate about being part of a team that is responsible for making children excited about learning and feels building reciprocal relationships is key. Since Debbie has taken on the role as Head Teacher she has striven to create a community-based approach to running the Centre. Many of the parents have taken on various roles to help out at the Centre, sharing their expertise with the children. The teachers are also being encouraged to take on leadership roles in areas where they have a particular interest or strength.
Geoff trained as a counsellor, focusing his studies on children and youth. He has since worked as a tertiary teaching assistant and in youth ministry before joining the team at Amana as a support person. Geoff works with a strengths-focused approach, helping children toward their God-given potential by encouraging them to develop their interests and gifts. He enjoys developing relationships where learning and discovery are a shared experience. In his spare time, Geoff loves teaching others about Jesus through Bible studies and preaching.
Hannah Dunn has recently completed her Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education. She is the youngest of six children and has ten nephews and one niece so young children have always been a part of her life. She has one son Joshua who keeps her busy. Hannah has been involved with kids-church and music and movement programmes.She believes that building trusting relationships is key and that children learn best through social interactions and through having fun.