Meet our Tui Room teachers

The Tui room is for children aged approximately 2 years up to around 3½ years old. At this age, children begin to play more interactively with their peers. We focus on developing advanced social play skills, such as sharing and turn-taking. The children learn best when they play, explore and discover according to their interests. We create an environment where your child feels loved and safe to explore!

  • Ingrid | Team Leader

    Kia ora, Ni Hao! My name is Ingrid Wang. I have been a registered teacher since 2012. I love working at Small Fries - I feel like this is my home away from home. I believe that Small Fries is more than just a childcare centre, and I strive to create an environment where both you and your child feel the same way too! I believe in relationship based teaching and value the partnership between teachers and parents. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

  • Erica

    Hi, my name is Erica. I came from Chengdu, an ancient city in China. I’m one of the teachers in the Tui room. I feel so grateful to work with our awesome teachers and beautiful children at Small Fries! I love working with the two to three-year-old children. I’m currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education). I’m passionate about helping children realise their potential! I respect and value children’s differences and follow their interests to support their learning journey. I live with my husband Hao and my son Gordon, who goes to primary school now. I love being in nature. In my spare time, I love spending time at the beach or beside a waterfall with my family.

  • Gail

    Hi, my name is Gail. I have a degree in social work and worked as a social worker since 2009. During this time I realised that my true calling was to work with children. I am now working as a teacher at Small Fries. I feel so blessed to be part of the team and to be involved in these children's educational and personal development. I am married and have three children, and two gorgeous grandchildren. I love spending fun times with my family when I am not working!

  • Maurina

    Hi, my name is Maurina. I am originally from South Africa, immigrating to NZ during 2017. I hold a 3-year Diploma in Public Relations and was mostly working in the administration industry. I was privileged to also work as a teacher at a Christian ACE school in SA which my children attended. I have a passion for children and it is great to see them develop and succeeding in the small things in life! Most of all, I love to be a part of their spiritual journey and teaching them Christian values. I am grateful for my lovely team at Small Fries. Aside from work, I love New Zealand and I enjoy spending family time with my husband and two children. I also love the outdoors and running.

  • Joy

    Hi, my name is Joy (Jiyoung). I am from Korea and I've been living in New Zealand since 2011. I joined the Pipi room team in January 2016. I am grateful to have started my career at Small Fries! I am very passionate about my work and I really love inputting into the growth and development of our amazing children. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies, walking on the beach and swimming with my husband.