Staff

Fairleigh Kindergarten employs 4 staff members, meeting a ratio of 1 staff to approximately every 10 children. All Teachers are fully qualified ECE teachers. The current staff names and photographs are on the Management Committee 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)

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. After having my first child I 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.
Felicity Windleborn
Teacher

Diploma of Teaching ECE

First Aid Certificate Full Registration

Kia Ora,

My name is Felicity Windleborn and I am married with 3 teenage children. I was trained at the College of Education, Christchurch and was employed by Fairleigh Kindergarten following my graduation in 1996. In 2000 I took maternity leave to have my first baby, eventually returning 3 children later in 2003, in a job share position. I now work part time, five mornings a week and love the continuity of being there to greet the children each day and help them settle quickly into play, as well as being available for parents/caregivers. Having taught at Fairleigh Kindergarten since 1996, I have experienced many changes. I believe that Fairleigh continues to offer a unique experience for children and parents. Many of the Fairleigh values are also my own. These include the importance placed on kindness, friendship, curiosity, discovery and co-operation. I also believe in guiding children as they learn how to think, and problem solve, using language to talk about their feelings and ultimately building emotional resilience. My goal is to continue to build connections with the child and their family, instilling in them a strong sense of belonging to theFairleigh Kindergarten community.
Anna Robertson
Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Grad Dip TchLn Primary (2001)

Grad Dip EC Teach (2016)

First Aid Certificate Full Registration

Teaching has been a part of my career for more than 15 years. In my career I have taught for 13 years in the primary sector teaching predominantly Year 1 –Year 3. Curiosity in the Early Childhood curriculum ‘Te Whāriki’ inspired me to take a years study leave and complete a post graduate diploma. This is my 3rd year teaching children aged 2-5yrs in Early Childhood. My philosophy is that all children have a right to high quality education that respects and empowers them as individuals. I value current educational trends to ensure my teaching practice is relevant to the needs of children in the 21st Century. I have enjoyed working in a community-based centre where the philosophy focuses on strong connections with Whānau. I am dedicated to working collaboratively alongside children, their families, teachers and the community, building trusting and respectful relationships and look forward to working together with you and your children at Fairleigh Kindergarten.