Rachelle Van Dyk
DirectorI have lived in Putaruru my whole life and have 3 daughters. Tori attends Te Waotu School, and Mila and Jaylee come to the centre with me. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for many years and love watching children learn and grow as part of my career. I enjoy walking, shopping and spending time with family and friends.
Head Teacher of Infant and Toddler RoomHi my name is Kelsey and I am married with 3 children. I have over 10 years teaching experience and enjoy working with children.
I have a passion for infant and toddlers and enjoy watching them grow and develop while in our care.
Infant and Toddler Room
Nest RoomI live in Putaruru and have two grown sons, and one daughter who attends Putaruru College. I have been involved in home based care for a long time and my love for it led me to beginning my degree. Outside of work I love riding my horse on remote country treks. I enjoy getting to know the children and families here!
Nest RoomKia ora everyone. I have been working in early childhood for about four years, and I am currently training towards my Bachelor of Teaching, in Early Childhood Education. I am originally a Northland girl, but but have been settled in Putaruru with my husband for over a year now. In my spare time I enjoy being at home, but also love the water and socialising with family and friends. I am a very passionate teacher, and love working in the infant and toddler room. I love having the opportunity to connect with so many awesome children and their families, and grateful to be apart of their journey.
Nest RoomI am currently studying towards my bachelor in early childhood education and Owlets Forest is my home centre.
My husband and I have 3 beautiful children. I previously have been involved with playcentre where I thoroughly enjoyed being part of my children’s learning. I believe children learn best in an environment where their emotional wellbeing is nurtured and I love getting to know children and watching them grow and learn.
Nest RoomKia Ora everyone. My name is Teresa.
I have been working in early childhood for about 10 years. I graduated with a Diploma in ECE in 2012 having done my training through the Open Polytechnic of NZ.
I am married to Mark and we have two beautiful daughters. Georgia is 13 and attends JPC in Rotorua and Amber is 10 and attends St Mary’s school here in Putaruru.
I take an active role in their school and after school activities.
I am a new member to the Owlets team and I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and being a part of your childs/children’s learning journey.
Forest RoomI have lived in Putaruru most of my life. I am very passionate about this career and looking forward to learning more and extending on my knowledge and experience. I love to socialise with family and friends.
Forest RoomHi everybody my name is Vicky and I live in Putaruru. I am married to my gorgeous husband Roderick and we have a handsome son Christian. I love working with all your children and watching them blossom into great little people.
Forest RoomHi my name is Linda. I am married to Paul. We have six children and five grandchildren. We moved to Putaruru in 2015.
We love the small community spirit and have felt welcomed in every aspect. I began my career in the year 2000, in Rotorua, whilst working with Special Needs Children for the Ministry of Education. I felt I needed something more out of my career and began my Diploma of Early Childhood Education in 2007, graduating in 2010.
I feel honoured to be part of the team at Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre and being able to walk your child’s early education journey with them.
Forest RoomHi my name is Misty and I come from a family of 10, I am currently completing study in Early Childhood Education. I have always been very passionate about becoming an Educator and love being a part of a child’s journey and seeing them progress into independent children.
Kia ora, I am excited to be a part of the teaching team here at Owlets Forest Learning Centre. My husband and I have lived in Putaruru most of our life’s and we have a daughter together. I am a qualified teacher with 12 years teaching experience and I am still a big believer that the early years should be magical with lots of adventures, wonders, discoveries and imaginative play.
I am passionate about imaginative play and providing an environment that enhances tamariki love for learning, learning should be fun and I strive for the tamariki in my care to become lifelong learners.
Parent partnerships and community involvement are important to me so I am looking forward to getting to know you and your whānau.