Inspired by the work of Dr Seuss our Above and Beyond Education and Care Centre in Te Puna is a marvel of creativity, a place where children are free to be children. We have three unique areas specially designed with your child’s developmental age in mind. Each one carefully crafted to reflect our love for children and passion for early childhood education and childcare.
Our love and passion for early childhood flows from our environments through to our teaching. We maintain a high teacher to student ratio, well above the required standard. This means teachers have the time to teach and children, have a welcoming home-like place to feel safe and happy.
Born and raised in Tauranga, Leonie has always had a passion for early childhood education and is a fully qualified teacher working with 3 and 4 year olds in our Te Puna centre. In her spare time Leonie likes to play social badminton, go bike riding, swim and soak in the famous BOP sun. Above all else Leonie loves to see children progress, becoming a part of their unique learning journeys.
Ally is 38, married and has over 18 years experience in early childhood education. She draws from a wealth of professional experience as well as personal experience gained raising her 4 wonderful children. Ally has a genuine passion for children’s education and an unrivalled wealth of patience. As a family they love getting outdoors, camping, the bush and the beach spending quality time together with friends.
Jennie is our lovely part time cover staff member at Te Puna. She has three boys, one 12 year-old and two 3 year-old twins that also attend the Te Puna centre and keep her on her toes at home. Jennie’s personal experience gives her unique insights that she applies to her professional practice. Outside of work Jennie is passionate about spending time with her family.
Michelle is currently on maternity leave returning in 2018. She has her provisional registration and is currently working towards her full registration. Michelle loves children and has always had a desire to teach, she gives great upside down cuddles. In her spare time Michelle and her husband Jeremy enjoy camping, going to the stock cars and exploring beautiful Tauranga.
Living in Te Puna with her ten month old son, Tyler, Joanna is our infant teacher with over 15 years experience working and caring for children. Having spent many years living overseas, she became UK qualified in Early Childhood Education in 2010. Since returning to New Zealand, Joanna has continued her studies and is currently a year 2 student completing her Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
Tracy is responsible for the Marketing for Above and Beyond but is lucky enough to be based from our Te Puna centre. This means she also does all our administration and thoroughly enjoys being the first point of contact for current and new families. Tracy is a mother of two and likes to be kept busy be that at home or at work.