Meet our dedicated teaching staff


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

Kit (Jiajie) He

Kia ora koutou/你好, my name is Jiajie He, but everyone calls me Kit. I am the head- teacher/manager at Premier Preschool Johnsonville.


Here is a bit about myself. I grew up in Guangzhou China and came to New Zealand in 2003. I now call NZ home! I live with my husband Alex, three children (Alex Junior, Minnie and Evie) and my parents in Ngaio, Wellington.


I have a degree in Tourism Management and finished Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2010. I have a strong commitment to ECE teaching. I endeavour to use positive guidance and credit-based assessment in order to empower children and encourage them to develop independence, take appropriate risks, and increase self-esteem. Establishing warm relationships with the teaching team, children, and whānau is very important to me. I have strong interest in early literacy and numeracy, as well as art, music and dance! 


In my spare time, I love sewing (making masks, dresses, etc). I sometimes do pattern testing for some designers from all over the world. I also enjoy playing badminton with friends at casual club nights. It's awesome to be able to have a bit of 'me' time. 


Jiana Lyu 
Qualified teacher

Kia Ora 你好, my name is Jiana Lyu. You can call me Jiana /Jiajia(佳佳). I come from Inner Mongolia, China and have been in New Zealand for 6 years with my family. I graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2021 with a degree in teaching (Bachelor of Early Childhood Education)


The thing I value the most in teaching is love and respect. I like to follow tamariki’s interest and support them to develop as capable and confident individuals. It’s essential for young children to develop social skills through emotional regulation and positive interactions. I am honored to be part of their important early years developmental journey.


Apart from teaching at Preschool, I run a dance studio in Wellington. I have a passion in dancing (Jazz, k-pop, Traditional Chinese dance, Hip-hop, etc) and have been dancing for over 10 years. On Sundays, I teach Chinese in Wellington Language School. I certainly enjoy keeping myself busy!


I am looking forward to working alongside the tamariki and their whānau at Premier Preschool Johnsonville.

Ada (Zixin) Wang

Kia ora whanua/family and Tamariki 

My name is Zixin Wang, you can also call me Ada. I am from Xi’an China, which is a historical city. I am currently studying Early Childhood Education at Victoria University. I am a cheerful and lively girl. I have been teaching at Premier Preschool over the last three years. I love working with tamariki and enjoy seeing them learn and grow as confident and happy individuals.


I have a great interest in music. I can play a variety of musical instruments, such as Guzheng (Chinese traditional instrument), piano and trumpet. I also learned painting and writing with a traditional Chinese writing brush when I was young.


Teaching is such a rewarding profession. I love sharing my knowledge and skills with all the tamariki and making a difference every day.


Jenna Latornell 


Hello and welcome to all parents, family and friends to Premier Preschool.

My name is Jenna and I am a teacher here at premier preschool. I have worked here since August of 2017. I originally grew up in Auckland but moved to Te Whanganui a Tara when I was 13. I am currently studying towards my diploma in early childhood education and my bachelors after. I love watching children discover and learn new things about themselves in an everyday setting. Supporting children to become independent and confident in themselves is one of my favourite things about being a teacher. I enjoy ​baking and making food with the children and learning life skills through fun activities. I have a strong interest in arts and crafts and I enjoy having process art available for children to create art with.


When I am not at Preschool I enjoy taking my family's dogs for a walk, and testing out new cake and cookie recipes.


I look forward to getting to know your child and your Whanau.