Our People


Frances Baldwin

Centre Manager

Hi, I’m Frances, the Centre Manager. I’ve been working in the early childhood sector for the past 10 years. Prior to ECE, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree of International Business. It was after having my own children that I became inspired and decided to pursue a change in career.

The experiences I‘ve gained, from working with children of all age groups, have been priceless and irreplaceable. Not only because I had the chance to learn and grow alongside the children but I also watched them grow into competent and confident learners. Not to mention the beautiful relationships that different parents and I have established together.

My teaching philosophy encompasses empowerment and encouragement which I see as the two most important elements in building up a child’s self-esteem as the stepping stone to his/her future success.

I welcome you and your family to our City Preschool community and am feeling privileged to be able to become part of your child’s learning journey.



Andrea Nevalagi

Infant and Toddlers Teacher

Hello my name is Andrea Nevalagi.
I'm a mum of 4 and grandmother to one. I’ve worked many years with young children, and I love helping and watching them grow to be the best they can be. I’m a very honest, caring and loyal person who will dedicate the best of my abilities to looking after and caring for all the amazing kids here at City Preschool. I feel privileged working with young children supporting and guiding them to meet their dreams and aspirations.






Anju Budhiraja

Teacher Over 2's

Namaste! Hello Everyone! Tena Koutou Katoa!
My name is Anju Budhiraja. I am a registered teacher and proudly associated with the over 2’s at City Preschool.
I was born and brought up in New Delhi (the capital city of India). I have two children and being a mother I understand that every child has a different learning style. I chose to become an ECE teacher as I believe that surrounding yourself with young children all day long is a sure-fire way to spark some joy in your own life. I believe my experiences of teaching in the multicultural education platforms of India and New  Zealand would help me to provide a positive environment in the center and enhance and support learning and development of our tamariki.



Erica Zhang

Teacher Over 2's

Kia ora everyone!
My name is Chanjing (Erica). I am a qualified teacher and I have been teaching in Auckland, Wellington and Shanghai over the past five years.
I am from Shanghai, China. I like the lifestyle in New  Zealand and moved here nearly four years ago.
In my spare time, I love travelling, photography, baking and reading books.
I feel very happy to join City  Preschool family. I will do my best to provide our children a high quality education.






Karen Casey

Chef / Teacher

Hi  my name is Karen,
I am a mum of three adult children and a qualified chef. I have a passion for  cooking, baking and making yummy nutritional food for the children at City       Preschool. I am also very   privileged to be able to  support the amazing teaching staff and spend quality time with the children that attend our preschool. 
You will find me busy in the kitchen or out on the floor and I am excited to meet you all!!



Zoe Wang

Student Support Teacher

Hi I’m Zoe Wang. Currently I’m working as a support teacher here at City Preschool while pursuing my early childhood education study from NZTC. I feel grateful to be part of City Preschool team and to have such an opportunity to learn and grow alongside your child.
My teaching philosophy aligns with City Preschool’s philosophy, that is supporting children by encouraging their independence and forward thinking.
I’m excited and looking forward to getting to know you all.