Our People

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Louise Thompson , Centre Manager

I am proud to be Centre Manager at Pascals St Albans. Pascals St Albans is a lovely small preschool where nurturing relationships are developed. I am passionate about providing a calm and relaxed environment where children can be children; where they can learn through play and develop to become confident, competent learners and thrive.

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Catherine Driver , Team leader and 2IC

Kia ora, ko Catherine  ahau, I work with in the Piwakawaka room at Pascals. I have been teaching for over 20 years. I grew up in Wellington and moved to Christchurch about nine years ago. I live in Avonhead with my husband, daughter and our cat Flo.
When I am not at work I enjoy reading, and am involved in GirlGuiding.

I believe that building relationships with children and their whānau is vital to being an effective and responsive teacher. Relationships are key to building trust and a sense of belonging in the preschool environment.

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Nicola Keele , Certificated Teacher

Kia ora, ko Nicki Ahau, I am a teacher in the Piwakawaka learning space with tamariki aged 3-6 years. I have been teaching for 12 years. I grew up in Blenheim and moved to Christchurch after I got married,  I now live in Rangiora with my Husband and One of my two Sons.

In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends going to the gym,  and volunteering for various community groups such as Nurse Maude. I believe that Relationships support wonderful authentic learning opportunities for tamariki.

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Holly Atkins , Certificated Teacher

Kia ora, ko Holly ahau,  I am a teacher in the Kea room. I have been teaching for 6 years. I grew up here in Christchurch, and live with my partner, daughter Grace, two cats and a bunny! In my non-working hours I enjoy, catching up with family, and upcycling children’s furniture.   I believe the most important thing in being an effective teacher  is showing  respect for children and trusting in their abilities,  meeting them where they are at but providing opportunities for growth along-side this. It is important to maintain an environment where children are nurtured, and supported authentically to acquire necessary developmental skills.  

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Pauline Shadwell , Non -Certificated Teacher

Kia ora, Ko  Pauline ahau,  I am teacher across all rooms at Pascals supporting breaks and non-contact time three days a week. Originally from Scotland I immigrated to Christchurch in 2000 and live with my husband and two daughters. In my spare time I enjoy going family 4 wheel driving,  socialising and generally running around after my kids. I consider the most important thing for a teacher is to engage, be warm, loving and understanding with children.

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Larissa Devine, Centre Cook

Ki ora, Ko Larissa ahau I have been working at Pascals for the past four years,  prior to this I managed a busy restaurant in Christchurch. I live Christchurch with my young Son and cat. I really enjoy my job, the best part is creating a menu in line with the healthy heart guidelines which children will enjoy and keep them sustained for their preschool day. From time to time I get the opportunity to work alongside the children in the classroom, I enjoy this time because it strengthens the relationships I have with them. In my spare in enjoy playing pool and enter many competitions across the country.

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Emma Luscombe , Certificated Teacher

Kia ora, ko Emma ahau

I am new to Pascals in 2020, and work in the Tui learning space with children aged 2- 3 years. I have just completed my BtchLn in ECE. I have varied teaching experience, and found myself in Fiji after finishing school volunteering as a classroom teacher for 6year olds. I have also volunteered at Methven Preschool and held various nannying/babysitting  jobs.

I have a passion for fostering competence and independence in toddlers to support their sense of agency and well-being, I look forward to meeting you soon