Our People

Rachael Allan , Centre Manager
Kiron Grottis, Tui Teacher

Hi, my name is Kiron and I have been teaching since I qualified in 2012. My passion is for toddlers and infants. I enjoy providing a fun filled learning environment for them. I moved to New Zealand 13 years ago from Zimbabwe. I live with my husband and beautiful son and our dog Ziggy. I believe every child is a gift.

Anita Cockfield, Kea Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Anita Cockfield and I’m so privileged to be working as a nursery teacher in the Kea room.

I have 4 children.  2 big children – Brooke 28yrs and Jayden 26 yrs.   And then 2 smaller children – Ashley 9 yrs. and Carly 7 yrs.  I was born and bred in Westport and my two bigger children both still live there. 

I hold a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) and was previously a junior school teacher in Westport.  In February 2016, myself and my 2 little girls made the big move to Christchurch and the even bigger career move from primary school to preschool. I have just begin working towards my Graduate Diploma in Early childhood Education and will have this completed late next year.   I am absolutely loving working in the nursery and am a passionate believer in the Primary caregiver approach. 

I look forward to partnering with you and your family to make this a fun, stress-free, learning journey for you and your child. 

Leonie Christophers , Kea Teacher

My name is Leonie, I have been working at Pascals preschool for three years. I started out casually relieving and have been working in the nursery for the last 18 months. I really enjoy working with infants and toddlers as it is such an interesting and fun age group. I feel it is a great privilege to be supporting these little people in their excitng first year of life, helping them to feel safe and secure and encouraging our babies to be the confident and capable learners that they are.

Jackie Dunlop , Brown Kiwi Teacher

Jackie has worked in the Education Field for over 20 years. She studied Child psychology while raising her daughter. Jackie then went on to be a teacher aide with students with Special needs for 9 years at Hammersley Park Primary. Since then Jackie has studied ECE, managed a Centre and is now doing what she loves working with the children. Jackie loves animals – she has a dog, 4 cats and two guinea pigs.

Nicki Keele, Piwakawaka Teacher

My name is Nicki and after many years working in Early Childhood Education and watch my own children develop, I was inspired to gain my Bachelor of Teaching and Leaning ECE through Te Rito Maioha in 2008.

I enjoy being creative and thinking outside the square. I have an interest in sustainability and sharing my knowledge with the children

Larissa Devine, Centre Cook

Hi, my name is Larissa. I have worked at Pascals St Albans for two-and-a-half years.

I am the centre cook, but I also spend time in the classrooms with the children in the afternoon. I enjoy getting the chance to spend time with every age group.

Alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays I prepare Crazy Chef. This is for the 2.5 - 5 year olds and teaches the children how to follow a recipe as well as preparing yummy food to take home and share with their family.