Glenda Carter - Owner and Professional Leader
Glenda’s background is primary teaching where she had senior positions for many years. Along with a Teaching Diploma she is also qualified in Education Leadership.
“Since becoming involved in Early Childhood Education I have come to understand the huge importance of this time in a child’s life and the key part that quality care and education plays. I believe in our shared philosophy and do my best to ensure that what we promise we also deliver”
Roger Carter – Owner and Business Leader
Roger has had a number of senior management positions but now does IT consulting when not doing the accounting or maintenance work.
"While not an educator I am interested in observing the growth of children in their time with us. From babies through to leaving for school they are continuously learning"
Debra Quincey - Administrator
The mother of 2 teenage boys, Debra has been with Jump Start Kids since 2012.She is a local having lived in Mt Albert for 16yrs. Debra has worked in administration in both the shipping and insurance industries.
“I love my job, being able to interact with all the children and parents. Every day here is an enjoyable day and I look forward to helping you”
Aakanksha Patel - Cook
Aakanksha cooks all the healthy food for the centre in our own kitchen.
Before Two Team
Pathma Peduruge - Team Leader
Pathma started working here in 2001. She is very experienced in caring for our youngest members although she was a Secondary School teacher in Sri Lanka. Her New Zealand training and registration have led her to a passion for working with this age group.
“Working with young children makes me feel very responsible as most of their brain development happens in the first three years”
Liyue (Victoria) Ge
Victoria is our newest teacher, joining us in July 2016. She has graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Not only does she bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas, her ability to speak Mandarin is highly valued.
"I firmly believe that children are the future of our whole society. Every child has the right to get access to education in a safe, friendly, lovely, welcoming and inclusive environment. I greatly appreciate the partnership with parents and families, which can in turn promote children’s learning and development"
Minal Pandya- Assistant
Minal is a permanent part time assistant for Pathma and Victoria in the Before Two room.
Over Two Team
Anusha Perera - Team Leader
Originally from Sri Lanka, Anusha has taught at Jump Start Kids since 2002. She has a New Zealand Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood and full registration as well as a Montessori qualification.
“I love working with the two and three year old group. They are challenging but always interesting.”
Trained as a primary school teacher in her homeland India, Shashi is now a fully trained and registered early childhood teacher.
“I joined Jump Start Kids in 2007 and every day is a new learning experience for me”
Ismat was originally a maths and science teacher in her Pakistan homeland. Not yet Early Childhood qualified, she is on a learning journey beside the children and is passionate about working with the youngest children.
"Moments spent around young children are precious and enjoyable to me. It makes my day"
Pre School Team
Hiral Dave - Team Leader
The mother of two young children, Hiral left India and practicing Law to gain an Early Childhood Education qualification here. She has been at Jump Start Kids since 2009.
“I believe children are active learners and need opportunities to engage in inquiry and problem solving within an authentic learning environment”
Also from India, Dhanya developed her passion for teaching young children while watching her young son develop. This inspired her to shift from mathematics teaching and gain her qualification and registration in Early Childhood. She came to Jump Start Kids in 2010.
“ I love my job and each day of work with our preschool children brings new and versatile experiences to me.”