Rachelle Van Dyk
I’m Rachelle and I am the centre Owner and Manager here at Owlets Forest. I was born and bred here in Putaruru and I love our small community.
I am married to Mark who has built most of our outdoor play area and is our centre maintenance man. Between us we have five children who are all at school.
I am involved in all areas of our centre including the office and teaching on the floor. I look forward to meeting you and sharing our beautiful space with your family.
My name is Kelly Pittams, I joined the Owlets team in July 2019, as office administrator. I have lived in Putaruru since 2003, and enjoy being involved in the community, both with schools when my children were younger, and later with the local fire brigade as secretary. I love working at Owlets and I thrive on the opportunity to welcome and support our families as their children learn and grow with us.
THE NEST – Infant and Toddler Room
Hi my name is Kelsey. I am originally from Rotorua and have lived in the South Waikato for the past nine years. I am married to Chris and we have three children.
I have 13 years experience teaching in ECE. I love to form relationships with children and be able to watch them grow into confident young learners. It’s great to see children have a passion or interest and be able to help them extend and learn more while they are here at the 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.
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.
Kia Ora. My name is Cherie and I’m originally from the Hawkes Bay. Upon marrying a local I moved to Putaruru in mid 2019, and am excited to call Putaruru home. I have been working in Early Childhood since 2006 in both NZ and the UK. I find my job very rewarding and like supporting children at this crucial stage of their development by providing an environment whereby they can make sense of the world around them. I enjoy watching children make discoveries, take risks and learn new skills and concepts through experiencing an environment that allows them to learn, develop and discover at their own pace.
Kia Ora e te whānau,
Ko Tunui-A-Rangi to tohora,
Ko Moehau toku maunga
Ko Ohinemuri toku awa
Ko Ngati Tamatera toku Iwi
Ko Ngati Pare toku hapū
Ko Tirohia toku Marae
Ko Mikayla Wilkinson toku ingoa.
I have been involved with teaching for four years, and I am currently working towards my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I come from Hauraki, and live in Tokoroa, but after working here at Owlets for two years now, this is one of my homes too. The two things I am most passionate about are our children, and all things Te Ao Maori. I believe we have a lot to learn from both, and I love being able to intertwine the two into my everyday life.
THE FOREST ROOM – PreSchool Room
Hi there! My name is Maree and I have lived in Putaruru for quite some time but originate from Taumarunui. I have three grown children that I love and am proud of. In my spare time, I love trekking on my horse, keeping fit, and hanging out with family and friends. I started my teaching journey by providing home based child care for approximately 12 years, and my love and enjoyment of this led to completing a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) in 2015. I have been a part of the team since the beginning of 2013 and I love my job! I look forward to getting to know all who walk through our door, and providing for your child’s care and education in partnership with you.
Hi I have lived in Putaruru most of my life and have a daughter Ella, who attends Owlets forest. I love being a part of your child’s learning journey and look forward to continuing to support them.
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.
Hi my name is Lou and I have lived in Putaruru with my husband and three children for the last 17 years. I have been working in ECE for 15 years and it feels like everyday the children still teach me something new. I love to see the children make discoveries and strengthen their confidence and capabilities throughout the years that they spend here at Owlets.
When I am not teaching I love to spend time with my family, one of our favourite spots to visit is Mount Maunganui where going up or around is tradition whenever we go there.
Kia Ora my name is Teagan. I live in Putaruru with my partner Stephen. I love being active, going for walks with my three dogs and playing sports; rugby, boxing and touch. I also enjoy spending time with my whanau and friends. Early childhood is my passion. I love working alongside our tamariki watching them to grow as they learn throughout their journey. Aroha Nui!
OWLETS on Kennedy
Owlets on Kennedy
Hi my name is Emma, I have lived in Putaruru a large majority of my life. My family and I live in Putaruru and enjoy the community we are apart of. I am about to begin the third year of study towards my Bachelor of Teaching. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and learning with all the wonderful children and their families. Being apart of their early learning journey is something special.
Owlets on Kennedy
Hi everyone! My name is Jojimae and I am originally from Philippines where i gained my Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband and I together with our 3 lovely children migrated here in New Zealand in 2011. I am fully qualified and registered with a diverse range of teaching experience in all 0-5 year ages. I am passionate about teaching and seeing children’s learning and their growth, exploring and discovering children’s strength. I am here to work and give care for your children.