Staff

Fairleigh Kindergarten employs 6 staff members, meeting a ratio of 1 staff to approximately every 8 children. All Teachers are fully qualified ECE teachers. The current staff names and photographs are on the Management Board display board inside the main foyer for your information. If you have any enquiries at any time, you are always welcome to approach a staff member.

Staff are committed to providing quality early childhood experiences for children and are consequently involved in ongoing professional development.

Current staff are pictured below:

Rebecca Glithero
Centre Manager

Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

First Aid Certificate

Kia Ora,

After graduating in 1999 with Diploma of Teaching ECE, I taught for 3 years at a large privately-owned centre here in Christchurch, then moved into the administration area and continued to work for the same centre for a further 6 years. After a short break to raise my children I began working at Fairleigh in 2010. Since then I have been running the day to day administration, developing policies and assisting with teaching in the kindergarten as needed. I have recently been appointed as the Centre Manager and feel proud to be part of its growth and development. I am passionate about providing quality early childhood care and education to our community and feel privileged to be working with a fantastic team of committed professional teachers and parent volunteers.

Jo Hemmingsen
Curriculum Leader

BTchLn (ECE)

First Aid Certificate Full Registration

Kia ora,

I’m Jo Hemmignsen and am really excited about my role at Fairleigh Kindergarten as Curriculum Leader/Teacher. My passion is Early Childhood Education and has been for the past 20+yrs that I have worked as an Early Childhood Educator. I have been fortunate enough to work in Preschools and Kindergartens as a teacher, Senior Teacher and Head teacher leading teams in their learning journey. I have also been a coordinator for a Homebased Services working with and supporting Educators in the home. I enjoy everything about teaching from building quality relationships with children and whanau to creating beautiful learning spaces for children to grow and learn and develop their knowledge and skills, to leading and inspiring teams. Aside from teaching I am a Mum to two teenage boys who keep me very busy. I love walks with my dog, camping with my family and friends and when I have time reading a good book. I look forward to meeting you and your child/ren and working with you to ensure quality learning outcomes are achieved.
Dominique Murphy
Teacher

BTchLn (Primary)

Graduate Diploma (ECE)

First Aid Certificate Full Registration

Kia ora,

I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2011 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Primary and worked through various schools as a short-term reliever. I also spent time relieving at different early childhood centres around Christchurch, mainly long-term positions, and gathered experience and a passion for early childhood education. In 2013 I decided to complete a Graduate Diploma is Early Childhood Education from University of Canterbury to further my passion for this field. I started working at Fairleigh Kindergarten in February 2014 and have loved being a part of a learning environment with a strong focus on community, relationships and striving for children to become independent, competent learners. I am passionate about empowering children to give things a try and to develop skills that will equip them to become independent learners. I see conversations, questioning and engaging with children as a part of growing their minds and understanding of the world around them and I feel privileged to be a part of this important stage in children’s lives.
Emma Morland
Teacher

BTchLn (ECE)

First Aid Certificate Full Registration

My name is Emma Morland and I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education in 2013. Since then I have had the opportunity to work in some incredible places both in New Zealand and London and gain experience within a variety of settings.
My approach to teaching is calm and nurturing with an emphasis on strong relationships and the individual child. I love having the opportunity to empower children to grow into capable, confident learners with their own unique strengths and personalities, cultivating curiosity and supporting them to discover their worlds.
I feel extremely privileged to join this amazing team of dedicated teachers in a kindergarten where the emphasis is strongly on the community.

Victoria Watson
Teacher

BTchLn (ECE)

First Aid Certificate Provisional Registration

Kia Ora,

I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2019 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education. I was then lucky enough to start my teaching journey here at Fairleigh Kindergarten at the start of 2020. Teaching in early childhood education has always been a passion for me as I endeavour to provide children with high quality learning. Building strong reciprocal relationships with children and whānau is at the heart of my philosophy along with allowing children to be competent, confident and empowered learners. I feel very privileged to be working alongside the community and experienced teachers here at Fairleigh Kindergarten.  

Charlotte Williamson
Teacher

Diploma of Teaching ECE

First Aid Certificate STC Registration