Menka Postolov , Centre Manager
Hi, I am Menka and I come from Macedonia. I have lived in NZ since 2004 and I loved every moment of it. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in ECE. My teaching journey started in 2002 when I was teaching Macedonian language and literature in Primary Schools back home. After moving to NZ,
I started working in ECE and absolutely love my work. I enjoy spending time with the Tamariki, engaging with them and learning together. As I have gained experience in ECE, I became passionate about mentoring students and teachers, which led to my leadership roles over the years. I have been managing in ECE since 2012 and I enjoy working closely together with the Tamariki, the Kaiako and the families.
Kirsty Atkins, Centre Administrator
Kia ora, I'm Kirsty and I am the Centre Administrator. I have a Bachelor in Business, and over 14 years admin and marketing experience. I work across Lollipops Orewa, Warkworth and Pascals Albany. I have a teenage daughter who attended this centre as a 3-year-old. In my spare time, she keeps me busy with not only netball, kapa haka and volleyball, but she also dances competitively.
Zen Pan, Centre Chef
I’m Zen, I have been working at Pascals Albany’s kitchen for over 7 years. Before I started working here, I have worked for some different restaurants as a professional chef and practiced different cuisines such as Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Taiwanese… I am a qualified chef, trained at local culinary school.
I have two daughters; one is 6 and the other is 4 years old. They have also been or are at Pascals Albany. I hope that my cooking experience can help your child to explore new food and enjoy the various cultural food we prepare at the centre.
Marion van der Griend, Housekeeper
Hi, my position here is Housekeeper. I enjoy keeping the centre clean and tidy every day! Especially love helping in the classroom when needed.
I have loved working in this environment for 10 years.
Shiree Brock, Assistant Manager
Shiree holds a Bachelor of Education (ECE Teaching) from AUT. She has been working in the Early Childhood Education sector for the past 12 years, working with children aged 18months to 5 years. In her spare time Shiree enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies and traveling.
Sanat Misra, Head Teacher Kindy Room
Hi my name is Sanat and I'm an enthusiastic Early Childhood Education (ECE) teacher at Pascals in the Transition to School room. With a deep passion for nurturing young minds, I strive to create a warm and inclusive learning environment that fosters social, emotional, and cognitive development in preparation for a successful transition to formal education.
I believe in the power of play-based learning and individualized support to help each child reach their full potential.
Ray Lei, Qualified Teacher
Hi, my name is Ray and I am in the Kindy room. I have been teaching Kindy since I graduated, I aim to bring an open-minded and positive attitude to the classroom each day, to assist children express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, what they can learn. I enjoy spending time with my lovely Kindy children.
Jenny Chen, Head Teacher Nursery Room
Kia Ora/Hi, I'm Jenny. I've been working in early childhood education since 2007. In 2010, I became a qualified and fully registered teacher with a New Zealand teaching qualification, - a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). I deeply value the time spent with the children under my care.
My educational approach is guided by the values of the Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber Philosophies, which highlight the importance of respectful interactions between educators and children. My aim as a teacher is to help children develop positive self-concepts and become independent learners.
Sunny Su, Qualified Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is Sunny. I am originally from China and I have been living in New Zealand for many years. I love children. I believe that children are confident and capable learners who explore the world in different ways. I'm passionate about contributing to children's intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. And I have a strong passion for caring, nurturing, loving, teaching and learning from our little tamariki.
Esther Lee, Qualified Teacher
My family immigrated to New Zealand from Korea in 1997. I have been teaching as an ECE teacher for the past five and half years and I also have a background in psychology. During my free time, I love spending with my husband, family, and friends at church and with our family dog Louie.
Nancy Dai, Qualified Teacher
Originally from China, Nancy moved to New Zealand in 2015. She obtained her Master's in Professional Accountancy and Finance from Massey University in 2017. Subsequently, she worked as a Chinese language tutor at JNU Chinese School. She obtained Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) from NZTC in 2022, after which she became a registered teacher.
Nancy's teaching philosophy focuses on fostering a nurturing and inclusive environment, valuing the uniqueness of each child, and guiding them towards realizing their utmost potential and becoming lifelong learners. Her philosophy also intertwines teaching with the importance of a caring teacher-student relationship, ensuring that each child’s first educational experiences are engaging, enriching, and positive.
Beyond her professional life, Nancy is a dedicated Zumba enthusiast, with seven years of dance experience.
Cindy Bosman, Qualified Teacher
Cindy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Majoring in Educational Psychology from Massey University and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys reading, creating new decor and cooking.
Cindy's Educational philosophy is people-centred and includes interacting with others in a respectful manner while providing guidance, motivation, friendship, wisdom and support.
Cindy strives to develop a child's knowledge as she builds meaningful relationships with the child, their parents and whanau. Cindy values diversity, and sees everyone as having a unique wisdom and culture to offer others.