Meet the Team

Learn more about our team of qualified teachers at Whitireia Childcare Centre.


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Ko Sandra

I am the Manager of Whitireia Childcare Centre and I live with my husband Jeff. Between us, we have four grown children, 2 grandchild and 4 fur babies! We enjoy going away in our motor home at weekends and travelling.

I have been an ECE teacher since 2000 and hold a degree in (ECE) Teaching and a Graduate Diploma Specialist Teaching - Early Intervention. I worked for 18 years in Kindergarten before making the great decision to join the Whitireia Childcare Centre whānau. 

I am a true advocate for children of all cultures and ages and love to "yell from the rooftops" the importance of quality education and creating independent resilient people. 

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June Montgomery

Kia ora My name is June!  I am the team leader at Whitireia Childcare.  I have been teaching for 19 years at Whitireia Childcare Centre and am passionate about how ECE supports and develops life long learners.  I was born and raised in the Porirua area and have a strong connection to the local community.  The wonder of how children explore the world is what keeps me driven and motivated and is a privilege to be part of. I live in Whitby with my partner Chris and Son Tristan.   My interests include a love for the outdoors, I am a keen gardener and gym enthusiast and runner.  


Kristie Kenny

My name is Kristie Kenny. I am 30 years old and have a Bachelors degree in Early Childcare that I graduated in in 2018. I have lived in Wellington for 8 years after moving from Nelson where I grew up.

My partners name is Erastus and we have 2 children together, Ava who is 7 and Hunter who is 1. Ava attended Whitireia Childcare care when she was younger, and hunter now attends the centre too with me.

In my spare time, the children and I like to go on walks around our neighbour hood as there is lots of cool bushwalks with playgrounds along the way and we enjoy spending time with family who live close by. I also play netball during the netball season at the ASB stadium in Wellington city on a Saturday.

The reason I chose to get my degree in Early Childcare was because I have always loved children even as a teenager having babysitting jobs and taking care of friends of the families’ children when they visited. After I had my daughter Ava attending Whitireia childcare centre I loved seeing the relationships she had with her teachers and I saw how much fun they would have together so that is when I decided I wanted study to become an Early Childhood teacher too. It has also worked out great for me having my son Hunter in the middle of my study and getting my first job as a Early Childhood teacher as he has been able to attend the centre with me. 

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Penny Taniwha

Hi my name is Penny Taniwha, I am happilly married to Baz Taniwha. We both live in Elsdon Porirua. We have 5 grown up children between us and many beautiful Moko's. I did my training at Whitireia Community Polytechnic and work for Whitireia Childcare Centre. I love to see children laugh and have fun while learning and am proud to be a teacher. I work with an amazing teaching team.



Tena koutou

Ko Tere Rogers toku ingoa

Ko Terrence toku papa

Ko Bonnie toku Mama

Ko Whitireia to kura

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

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JJ Sharrock

Ko Tongariro tōku māunga           Ko Whanganui tōku awa

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Nga Paerangi te iwi

Ko Te Puke te marae

Ko JJ tōku ingoa


Kia ora I have been with the Whitireia Whānau for a number of years now and teaching for about 17 years. 

I am one of the Kaiako in Tupu-a-nuku infant and toddler room.

I love working with tamariki and I believe that each child has the ability to become the best they can.  It is my desire to see each individual child develop into a self-confident learner who can reach out towards their own intellectual, physical, and spiritual potential. 


Ko te manu e kai ana I te miro, nōna te ngahere.

Ko te manu e kai ana I te mātauranga, nona te ao.

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest.

The bird that partakes of knowledge has access to the world 



Kio ora, my name is Karen.

I am married to Kevin and between us, we have 5 grown-up children and 2 grandchildren. My main interests are ten pin bowling, walking and gardening.

I have been a teacher since 1999 and hold a degree in Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) through Canterbury University.

I love being an early childhood teacher because I feel I make a lifelong impression on young children's lives. When I see a child's eyes light up when they learn something new or make an exciting discovery about something, it just makes my day! Our tamariki (children) are so precious. I love working with them every day and watching them grow into responsible, independent and confident learners.