Meet our dedicated teaching staff

 

We are the qualified, passionate, teaching team at Premier Preschool who look forward to meeting you and your child.

James Wang

Owner, Director, Teacher

 

Kia Ora tatou and welcome to Premier Preschool. My name is James and I am the Educational Director, teacher and owner of Premier Preschool.

I have been in New Zealand since 2001, and it is great to be able to grow up in a country full of creative and friendly people. I enjoy the beautiful nature here in New Zealand, and love hiking with friends, my wife Jakki and our Labrador retriever Valene.

I graduated from University of Otago with a BCom in Marketing Management, and took my training course to become a teacher in 2010.

Early Childhood teaching is a fascinating career and I found myself learning new things with children every single day. I am proud to be able to assist them meeting their development and learning needs.

We are delighted to have you as part of our Preschool community and look forward to getting to know you all.

MY QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching ECE 

  • First Aid Certificate

 

Jakki Liu

Co-Owner / Manager

Kia Ora everyone, and welcome to Premier Preschool. My name is Jakki, I am the co-owner and manager here at Premier Preschool.

I grew up in China and went to the States when I was 19. I studied in the University of Oregon and graduated with a BCom degree. Whilst I was doing my study I met James in a hobby group for translating Japanese movies, and now we are happily married for nearly 3 years.

James and I are passionate about being educators, and we love to learn alongside children here at Preschool everyday. The more I listen to children and watch them play, the more I realised how important it is for us to provide an environment that can assist children’s learning and developmental needs. Seeing them play and learn great laughter is what we are proud of as well as what we are trying to achieve here at Preschool.

I am looking forward to working with and alongside you and your child, and I hope you enjoy our environment here at Preschool.

MY QUALIFICATIONS

  • First Aid Certificate
     

Lisa Clitheroe 

Teacher

 

I am very excited to be working here at Premier Preschool alongside your tamariki.  I am a registered teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Canterbury University.  I have many years caring for and educating preschool children here in Aotearoa and in the United Kingdom.   

 

I am passionate about building strong respectful relationships with and between tamariki and whilst incorporating Te Whāriki our preschool curriculum through a mix of child led interests and structured learning.

 

I live on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast with my football mad daughter Orlaith age 10 and partner Andrew.    During the school holidays I am a programme provider of Timbernook which allows me to spend many hours exploring our regional parks with children.  

 

In addition to family and teaching I am passionate about playing Roller Derby, I play for the Wellington team Comic Slams, Kāpiti Coast’s KCDC and Hutt Valley Vanguards Co-Ed team Vanguard.

 

MY QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood

  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) 

  • First Aid Certificate

Fiona Bowen 

Teacher

Kia Ora. My name is Fiona and I am very excited to be working here at Premier Preschool alongside your tamariki.  I am a registered teacher with a  Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)  from Open Polytechnic. For many years  I have been caring for and educating preschool children  both here in Aotearoa and in the United States of America.

 

I love books and sharing my love of reading with children. I have a passion for the world around us and seeing the world thru the eyes of the tamariki. I am passionate about building strong respectful relationships with the tamariki and their Whānau whilst incorporating Te  Whāriki with the tamariki own interests and passions.
 
I live in Newlands with my  Husband Mike and our 2 children  Samuel who is  11 and Abigail aged 7. As a family, we enjoy exploring the local parks and playgrounds, in the weekends and school holidays. Playing board games and spending time as a family.

 

MY QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education

  • First Aid Certificate

 
 

Jenna Latornell 

Teacher

Hello and welcome to all parents, family and friends to premiere preschool.

My name is Jenna and I am a teacher here at premier preschool. I have worked here since August of 2017.

I love watching children discover and learn new things about themselves in a everyday setting. One of my favorite activities to do alongside children is arts and crafts as well as baking.

 

MY QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Level 4 certificate in Early childhood Education