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
Amy - Head Teacher
Kia ora, I’m Amy.
I live in Putaruru with my husband and three children.
In our spare time we love getting outdoors and spending time near the water or in the bush.
I really enjoy working with tamariki and am passionate about supporting every child to feel happy and empowered to learn.
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.
Ko Matawhaura te maunga
Ko Rotoiti te moana
Ko Ōhau te awa
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Pikiao te hāpu
Ko Te Takinga te marae
Ko Waaka tōku whānau
Ko Mereana tōku ingoa
Kia ora everyone, I live in Tokoroa with my partner and our son. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors with my whānau travelling and riding bmx, motor cross and ebikes. I have been working in Early Childhood for over 6 years. I believe that the quality of education a person receives in early life is indispensable in bringing out that person’s potential and that all tamariki should have access to quality learning and care. I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.
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.
Kia 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.
Kia Ora everyone. My name is Teresa.
I have been involved in Early Childhood for 12 years. I graduated with a Diploma in ECE in 2012.
I am married to Mark and we have two daughters. Georgia is 17 and attends JPC College in Rotorua. Amber is 13 and attends St Mary’s in Putaruru.
I take an active role in their school and after school activities.
I have been a part of the Owlets team since 2017. I love being involved in your child’s journey and watching them learn and grow.
THE FOREST ROOM – PreSchool Room
Lou - HEAD TEACHER
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, 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 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 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!