Meet our Kakapo Room teachers

The Kakapo room hosts children from around 3½ years until they go to school at 5 years old or later. Our preschool program is fun-filled and play-based, designed to give your child all the opportunities to develop their skills to be ready for school.  We are very proud of our transition to school successes. When you come for a visit, our teachers will answer all of your questions relating to our preschool program!

  • Madeleine |  Team Leader

    Kia ora, my name is Madeleine and it is wonderful to be a part of the Small Fries community! I've been at Small Fries since April 2019. I am a qualified fully registered teacher with a Bachelor in Primary Education. I immigrated to NZ in 2012 with my husband and two daughters. God blessed me with two grandsons and a granddaughter born in NZ. I have been teaching for the last 35 years in childcare, new entrance and year 1. The most important part of being a teacher for me is to love your children as if they were my own as well as building solid relationships with the whānau!  I truly believe that care, nurture, play and education go hand in hand.  When I am home, I love playing with my grand- children and relaxing with my family.  I love laughing and making the most out of every day with lots of laughter and fun with whoever wants to join in. 

  • Inge

    Kia Ora, my name is Inge, and I joined Small Fries in 2016. I am a qualified fully registered ECE teacher with a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (Montessori specialty). I have been working in the ECE sector for over 12 years and have mainly spent my time working with preschoolers. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to do fun things with our tamariki (children), share God's unconditional love for us, and be part of their journey to be a blessing to others. Outside of work, I love gardening, playing with my dogs, eating out, relaxing and spending time with my family and friends

  • Claire

    Kia Ora, my name is Claire Robinson. I completed a Bachelor of Education (ECE) at Auckland University of Technology in 2019. I have a true passion and desire for teaching children. I view teachers to be like a gardener, where my role is to nurture the young minds of children and create an environment where they can flourish. In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, learning the guitar and ukulele, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Cecilia

    My name is Cecilia, I am from Taiwan and moved to New Zealand in 1996. I graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Spatial Design. I started my career in early childhood education while I lived and worked in Australia. During those 5 years I completed my study for the role with a Certificate in Children's Services. I joined Small Fries in 2017 in the under two room. I enrolled for a graduate diploma in ECE and finished it in April 2022.I enjoy working with children so much! I have experience working in all age groups and are looking forward working in the preschool room. I enjoy working closely with families to get the best outcomes for their children. 

  • Mihee - currently on Maternity leave

    Hi, my name is Mihee, and I am originally from South Korea. I have been at Small Fries since May 2015 and feel so blessed to be part of the community here. I have been working with children for 10 years. I completed my Graduate Diploma in ECE Teaching and am a fully registered teacher. I love working and learning with children. I believe that children are gifts from God and each child has a special spot in God’s heart. God also teaches me lots through children everyday. When I am not working, I love spending time with family and friends and traveling around.