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Bronia Prangley

Centre Manager

Hi I’m Bronia

I am the centre manager of City Preschool and I am privileged enough to work along side inspiring and creative children every day. I am a dedicated Early Childcare Teacher and am very passionate about providing quality care and education for all children.

I place strong emphasis on building relationships and partnerships with children and parents to establish positive learning outcomes for children.

I hold a Bachelor of Education in Early Childcare and have been teaching for 12 years. Throughout my teaching career, I have had experience working with infants, toddlers and young children from different socio economic areas, working with children with special needs and have also had experience working overseas in different early childhood settings.

I love being creative and enjoy watching children discovering and exploring new and exciting things for the very first time.

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Irene Kent

Teacher

Hi, my name is Irene and I have worked as an early childcare practitioner for over twenty years and I am very passionate about my chosen profession.  I am married with three children who are all experiencing the wonderful journey of parenthood. 

I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. I strive to promote an environment that creates, inspires and supports children to think, to wonder and be challenged, to investigate and to research their working theories around them. 

I am passionate about laying the foundations of learning to prepare children for the transition to school. I empower children to take responsibility for their learning and engage them in meaningful learning experiences which allow them the freedom to explore and make new discoveries. 

I feel privileged working with young children supporting and guiding them to meet their dreams and aspirations.

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Bridgette Grace

Infant and Toddlers Teacher

Through my teaching I aspire to create a loving, happy, healthy environment that nurtures and protects children’s growth, development and autonomy. I am a Reggio Emilia inspired teacher who understands the importance of the relationships we share with the tamariki, whānau and the environment. I feel that teaching children works best when it is meaningful, child centered, reflective and done with passion.

I have just recently finished a Bachelor of Teaching and am now working towards becoming a fully registered teacher. I am a mother of two and have 5 years experience in this wonderful and important profession. 

I look forward to each day exploring the environment with new eyes and discovering with children the fun and exciting world we live in.

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Margaret Lokeni

Teacher/Chef

Fakalofa lahi atu! My name is Margaret Lokeni and I am one of the newest additions to City Preschool. Having been in the early childhood industry for 6 years it is not only a joy to be here, but also a joy to be able to share my early childhood passion alongside an experienced teaching team.
I am a proud mother of 3 beautiful children, Brianna 13, Lokkie 3 and my wee boy Kanzus who has recently turned two. My children have not only inspired me as a mother, but also as an educator which leads to my philosophy of providing a safe, loving, caring, nurturing learning environment for children to thrive and flourish in.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, outdoors and traveling. I love exploring new places and enjoy spending time with loved ones.

I am of niuean decent and I am very proud of my culture and heritage and enjoy sharing this with the teachers, children and families.  I love learning about and embracing all cultures within the centre.
I look forward to meeting you all and becoming a part of your children’s lives.

Aroha nui. Aroha mai.

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Evanna Payne

Infant and Toddlers Teacher

Kia ora! My name is Evanna,

I come from a large whanau and I have a 4 year old daughter whom I love spending time with. I am of Maori and Tongan decent which I value and enjoy sharing within my practice. 

I have recently graduated as a kaiako (teacher) in Early Childhood Education at Unitec and I am working towards my full registration. I have had 6 years of experience in this rewarding profession and I am excited to have just begun my new journey with the amazing team at City Preschool. I am passionate about working alongside young tamariki(children) and as a kaiako I believe that relationships with whanau (family) and children are crucial. I aspire to create a warm, calm and happy environment to support the learning and development  of our tamariki to reach their fullest potential. I  appreciate that every child has their own wealth of knowledge and I feel priveleged to be a part of their learning journey. 

Arohanui 
Evanna Payne.