Preschool Support Teacher
Abbott is the second oldest in his family with five siblings and is New Zealand born, growing up in Manurewa. Before joining Little Sparks in March 2015 he was an after-school care teacher and has remained a Youth Leader
Abbott, loves to explore different music genres, he is a bit of a movie goer and will happily watch any new flick as long as its at the movies on the big screen.
Abbott’s passion is to inspire any child to reach their heights, “I can’t” is never the answer, anything is possible.
Toddler and Preschool Teacher
Aman has been in education since 2008, she joined Little Sparks in April 2021. Aman is a self motivated, dedicated teacher who has had the fortune of working with children from a variety of rich cultural backgrounds. This has enabled her to be adaptable and sensitive, Aman values and celebrates the bi-cultural and multicultural makeup of our community.
Aman has 2 children and a loving husband who prioritise her time outside of work, she loves being able to be with her family and making fond family memories.
Aman strongly believes in establishing respectful and positive relationships with tamariki and their whanau and to continue to nurture children with their self motivated play. She believes this is a powerful foundation of emotional and social competence and the basis of lifelong learning. Her philosophy is based on respect and care for children, and their whanau with the aim to help children develop a sense of respect and develop meaningful relationships through trust.
Heather graduated from Dunedin College of Education in 2003 with a Bachelor of Education 0-8 Years and has been fortunate to work with children from infancy to 8year olds since then. Heather joined Little Sparks in December 2018.
Heather grew up in small town in Manawatu and has lived and worked all over the country. She has resided in Pukekohe for approximately 14 years. She is a self -confessed ‘geek’ and loves all things Doctor Who, Marvel, Sci-Fi in general. She keeps herself busy by crocheting in her spare time, when not hanging out with her friends and family.
Heather believes that children develop best in an environment where they feel comfortable and secure. Building relationships with each child and their whanau enables them to make the best of their learning journey. Heather loves having conversations with the children and finds it’s a great way to interact and get to know each child individually.
Infant and Toddler's Teacher
Jakayla was born and raised in Manurewa Auckland, and now lives locally in Pukekohe, with her husband and son. She completed her Bachelor of teaching, Early Childhood Education from MIT in 2018, and is a fully registered teacher.
Jakayla’s passion is working with infants and toddlers, where she is able to create a safe and stimulating environment to move and develop freely, whilst also supporting and strengthening their interests and needs. Her teaching philosophy is about child-led play, and creating respectful and reciprocal relationships with the tamariki and whanau, ensuring everyone feels comfortable, welcomed and encouraged to learn.
In Jakayla’s spare time she enjoys family time, going for bush walks, exploring the beaches and socializing.
Jo spent her formative years growing up in Taranaki, she graduated from Massey University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Education 0-8years Degree. Throughout her teaching career Jo has been fortunate to teach in Australia, England and rural parts of New Zealand. Jo purchased Little Sparks and became co-owner and Centre Manager in October 2017.
Jo has 3 young children who fill her weekends exploring all the wonderful outdoor spaces Auckland and its surrounds have to offer! She looks forward to meeting you all and building lasting relationships with your child and whanau.
She believes children learn best in fun safe and loving environments where they are encouraged to take risks and be creative. Jo has a vision of becoming more sustainable and working hard to help Little Sparks become so. She is enjoying this journey with the children to grow our environments in a more purposeful way.
Marinica grew up in South Auckland, and graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Pasifika (Early Childhood Teaching). Marinica begun her journey as an early childhood educator with Little Sparks in March 2018.
Marinica is the 6th child in a family of 13 siblings, she comes from a family of musicians which is a big part of their family life.
Marinica believes children’s inclusive learning is important and they need to have a sense of self-belonging and self-worth, ensuring they feel comfortable around her is a big part of her philosophy. She loves to incorporate physical play activities into her day and the children love the energy and enthusiasm Marinica brings to Little Sparks.
Infant and Toddler Support Teacher
Sunila was born in Fiji and moved to New Zealand when she was 14 years old. She studied at Kelston Girls High School and after finishing College got married and began her working career in customer service. Sunila joined Little Sparks in September 2016.
Taking on new challenges and trying new things is a passion of hers and she said that this change in career has been her greatest experience so far! She has two children who fill her life with fun and laughter, whilst teaching her something new every day.
Sunila believes children learn best by having fun at the same time in a loving environment. Sunila looks forward to meeting you and developing strong relationships with your child and your family.