Nikki Reynolds – Centre Owner and Teacher

My name is Nikki. I am the ‘hands-on’ licensee and owner of Mairangi Bay Preschool. I have been engaged with children since the age of 13, initially taking a very ‘formal’ approach to teaching as a Dance and Drama teacher. However, I found my real passion was with young children, therefore studies lead to my graduating with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in 2001. I then opened my own centre.

My individual interests in the connection between Active Movement and brain activity opened a further teaching opportunity for me. This was with North Harbour Sport and SPARC. I was very proud to have Discoverys nominated as a finalist in the ECE initiative award two years in a row. I still retain this passion and strive to provide an environment where agility skills are acquired daily.

I believe we should never stop co-constructing our learning.

This should be what excites us!


Stephanie Duder – Supervisor

Hola a todos! I have been involved in the early childhood sector now for over 11 years. My journey started with studying at AUT and completing my Bachelors of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) (speciality Montessori Teaching). I have been involved in Reggio Centres now for a number of years.

Recently I went on my OE and travelled around Europe. During this time I lived and taught in London. Upon my return to NZ in 2012 I started teaching a Discoverys Learning Centre. I was appointed the supervisors role in 2013 and along with my team we have embarked on a Reggio Journey together.

My teaching values and beliefs incorporate developing children’s social-emotional skills and learning to learn, thus teaching children they are confident, competent learners.

My hobbies include tennis, walking my dog, netball and spending time with my family and friends.


Jenny Chen

I am from China. I have been in New Zealand nearly12 years now. I have been working in Early Childhood Centres for over 8 years, I am provisional registered, working towards full registration.

I have a great interest in art and also done two years study about art and design/painting in New Zealand. I enjoy meeting different people, love to stay with children.

My teaching goal is to encourage/help children develop the positive self-concepts, self-discipline and become the independent learners.


Bonnie Zhang

Hello everyone, I have been working in Mairangi Bay Preschool for a number of years. I finished my level 6 studies in Early Childhood Education at New Zealand Tertiary College in 2014.

I really enjoy spending time with children in the centre. I believe children are capable learners and they are a special gift for every family. Children are learning through their playing.

I am a hands on person who loves painting, arts and crafts. Badminton is my favourite sport and I love walking along the beach with my family and enjoy the beautiful sunshine out there.


Renee Liu

Ni Hao, everyone! Mairangi Bay Preschool is my second home in New Zealand as I have been working here for over 7 years. I am going to obtain my Bachelor of Teaching and start my new journey —teacher registration soon.

Anything in relation to art makes me interested and stimulates me to explore. So far I am a key member of a dance group while beginning to extend my interest in painting.

Learning with children is one of my favourite things. It is vital for me to support children to joyfully engage learning so as to become an independent learner. I believe that building up respectful, responsive and reciprocal relationship with children, families/whanau and the wider community is of the upmost importance.


Esther Lee

안녕하세요 여러분! I was born in Korea but I’ve been living in New Zealand for almost 20 years. I am fluent in both Korean and English. I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology which I completed in 2011 and then I completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) in 2012.

I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of relationships and also in the idea of having fun while learning! I take pride in being able to help children learn what they love and to grow alongside them.

During my free time I love finding good places to eat with my loved ones and travelling wherever I can!