Our Rimu Road Team

Tara Taaffe

Owner & Managing Director

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning – Primary

I am a passionate educator! While teaching in several high achieving schools within New Zealand, I developed a personal philosophy and skill set that I believe brings out the best in children. Learning through exploration, fun and facilitation is at the heart of what we do here. My love of music and drama, combined with the passions my talented team bring, can be seen in many aspects of life here at SCHOOL OF FISH. My experience as a primary school teacher, curriculum and team leader, enables me to work with families and my staff to ensure that the children at SCHOOL OF FISH receive quality learning opportunities that build strong foundations for the transition to school. Along with operating this busy centre, I love spending time with my husband, family and friends. I enjoy entertaining, eating out and seeing as much of the world as I possibly can.   

Lani Till

Centre Manager

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Hello, I’m Lani a born and bred Kiwi who was lucky enough to join the School of Fish family in 2014. After completing my bachelor’s of Early Childhood Education from Auckland University in 2011, I moved over to Europe where I spent the next three years teaching and nannying in both London and Amsterdam. When I returned to New Zealand, I firstly worked at the Onehunga School of Fish and worked alongside the Big Fish team for seven months before heading away again to Maine in America to work at an all girls summer camp. I was then fortunate enough to be involved with setting up Rimu road and lead the Little Fish room when we first opened in 2016. Since then I have done some more travelling and worked overseas as well as working across both Big Fish and Little School. I love being apart of the School of Fish Family and have a real passion for working with young children. Providing them with as many opportunities to learn and grow as they discover the world around them in an environment that is nurturing and fun.

 

Kerri Selby

Little Fish Team Leader

Bachelor of Education- Teaching

Kia ora whanau, my name is Kerri! I completed my Bachelors degree in Foundation Phase Education in South Africa and I’ve now moved back to New Zealand. I love being apart of the School of Fish family and I’m the team leader in Little Fish, I have a passion for working with this age group and especially using baby sign and incorporating it in my everyday work environment. I feel that children learn best through play and experimentation and I always endeavour to create a safe, inclusive and loving environment in which children feel confident to explore and to learn from their discoveries and sometimes mistakes. 
Outside of work I enjoy travelling around New Zealand with my partner and enjoying the sun! Nga Mihi! 

Sarah Longville

Little Fish Teacher

Hello, my name is Sarah I am 25 years old and a mum of two little girls. I have spent the last two years at home with them, that’s when my passion became clearer, and I decided it was time for me to get my journey into teaching started. I’m so thrilled it begins with School of Fish in the Little Fish room, as this age group is my passion and I get to become a part of helping the Little Fish grow in a loving, fun, and nurturing environment as they explore the world around them.

 

 

 

 

Maggie Morrison

Little Fish Teacher

 

 

Ally Ranson

Big Fish Team Leader

 2IC
Master of Education – Early Years

Kia ora, my name is Ally and I’ve been with School of Fish since end of 2018. I completed my Bachelor of Education (Early childhood) in 2009 in Wellington (where I grew up) and I taught there for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia to teach kindergarten for 3.5 years. I then moved back to NZ with my partner, where we have settled into life in Auckland. I have a range of experience working with all age groups from 0-5 and I have 7 years’ experience being in a leadership position. I am also currently undertaking a master’s degree in Early Years and I will finish that at the end of 2021. I love continuing to learn more about teaching in the early years and my passion is working with Under Two’s, as you get to form such strong reciprocal bonds and their curiosity and wonderment towards understanding the world is truly inspiring. I love supporting teachers on their teaching journey too and I hope this is an area I can explore further in the future. 

Annie Treeby

Big Fish Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching- Early Childhood Education

Kia Ora, my name is Annie and I am so happy to be working in the Big fish room with our amazing toddlers. I started my journey at School of Fish Onehunga as a reliever while I studied my fashion degree in 2016, Once Rimu Road opened, I made the move across the bridge to work in the Little Fish room where I worked for two amazing years with Lani and Jess before moving into the toddlers space which I absolutely love! I continue to work closely with the Little Fish team as I help the tamariki transition into their new learning space in the Big Fish room. I believe children and their families are at the heart of everything we do and building relationships with families and tamariki ensure I am providing your child with the highest quality of learning, care and love. Outside of work I enjoy going for long walks and Pilates as well as escaping the city with my partner and our dog Bella to our beach house in Matarangi where we spend most of the summer.

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Lyn Ah-Aoa

Big Fish Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching- Early Childhood Education

Talofa Lava! My name is Carolyn Ah-Voa but I’ve always used my nicknames Lyn or Lynnie since being a teacher in Early Childhood Centres.  I came to New Zealand from Samoa at the age of ten and did most of my schooling here in Mangere and in Auckland. I am a primary trained teacher and have twelve years of teaching experiences in Early Childhood.  I have worked with children from the ages of 0-6 years old.  I’ve been an infants and toddlers for the last seven years and still enjoy working with this age group. My desire to work with young children was inspired while growing up looking after my nieces and nephews and being around my extended families.  This passion for teaching in Early Childhood grew when I took on my first teaching job at a Samoan Aoga Amata.  I am also a local here in Māngere Bridge and enjoy listening to music and going for walks around our local community.  I am happy to be a new member of the School of Fish whānau and look forward to building positive relationships with all the kaiako, tamariki and their whānau. I am excited and can’t wait to meet you all.
Fa’afetai lava.

Tammy Pinheiro

Big Fish Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching- Early Childhood Education

Kia ora! My name is Tammy and I have been a teacher for over ten years! I love working with children and being part of their learning journey. My favorite part about being teacher is getting down to the children’s level and seeing things through their lens. I love cooking, reading and listening to music! I have two daughters who I love spending with and I love spending time with nature, especially in my garden!

 

Ciara McNeil

Big Fish Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching- Early Childhood Education

Kia Ora, my name is Ciara. I have recently just finished my Bachelor of Education degree at Manukau Institute of Technology in Early Childhood Education. I’ve always had a love of children and I am so excited to join The School of Fish and work in the big fish room with the toddlers and the great team. I believe strongly in the learning through play philosophy and believe that this creates enduring and authentic learning experiences for children. I am looking forward to building relationships with the children as well as their whanau as that is so important in providing quality care for our children. I grew up in the Howick/Pakuranga area. In my free time I enjoy traveling around Aotearoa, swimming at the beach and listening to a good podcast.  

 

Mele Lemeki

Little School Team Leader

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education – Pasifika 

Malo e lelei. My name is Mele Lemeki and I am a Tongan. My passion to pursue a career in teaching in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is due to my belief that children are gifts and treasures from God and their learning in early years is the foundation to develop a successful long-life learning. I also have an intrinsic desire to work in partnership with colleagues, children and their whanau to make positive impact in the life of the children to support their holistic development in a loving, fun and caring environment.

I am privileged to have this opportunity to be part of the School of Fish family and make contribution to the children’s learning journey. I am looking forward to build and maintain a trustworthy relationship and work together with you all. God bless.

 

 

Jessica Lyekekpolo

Little School Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Tena Koutou, my name is Abieyuwa Jessica Iyekekpolo. I’m from Nigeria and have been a teacher for about two decades, including experiences from three centres in NZ since 2017.
I was inspired to become a teacher through the admiration of my mom who recently retired as a teacher.
I have a B.Ed and M.Ed in Education from Nigeria. I also hold a GDip in Teaching Early Childhood Education from New Zealand. I am passionate about supporting tamariki in their learning by building a strong relationship with them and their whānau and by creating a welcoming and positive environment for them to explore and have fun. I enjoy working in a multicultural environment and ensure that all children are respected and appropriately cared for irrespective of who they are or their background. Outside work, I love spending time with my husband, children and friends. I’m so happy to be part of the school of fish whānau and hope to support tamariki growth and development as I work in collaboration with my lovely colleagues.

 

 

Rich Monk

Little School Teacher

Hi my name is Richard, but all my friends call me Rich. I am an enthusiastic professional with a passion for working with children and young people. After my first round the world trip I found myself back in my small English hometown working in my old ECE center. I absolutely loved it and spent over 6 years there. During that time, I attained Level 2/3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I later moved to Thailand and spent 2 years teaching English in an International Primary school. The people, food and adventure’s were most memorable. Since arriving back in New Zealand I have Managed 2 successful OSCAR Programmes and worked alongside Athletics NZ delivering sports programmes and fundamental movement skills to children in schools across Auckland. I love sports (especially football) travel, good food and the outdoors. I am thrilled to get back into ECE and work alongside the fantastic team here at School of Fish.

Brittany Joblin

Little School Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Maungapōhatu te maunga
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Tauranganui te awa
Ko Tanatana te marae
Ko Ngāti Rere te hapū
Ko Tūhoe te iwi
No Waimana ahau engari i tipu ake au ki Ōtautahi
Kō Brittany tōku ingoa

Kia ora, my name is Brittany. I will be joining School of Fish as a new kaiako! I have recently moved to Auckland from Christchurch, where I was working as a preschool teacher. In 2020 I graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood). Before this, I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and worked as a support worker at Te Roopu Taurima and a Youth worker at Odyssey House. I have always had a passion for early education as I believe the early experiences in a child’s life have a profound impact. It’s such a formative time in a child’s life. I look forward to developing my skills in supporting tamariki to thrive! I’m eager to continue my teaching career here in Auckland and meet the wonderful kaiako, tamariki and whānau of School of Fish.

 

 

Michelle Andrews

Permanent Reliever

Kia Ora, My name is Michelle. I am a relief teacher for School of Fish.
I am a mother to three beautiful children aged 14, 12 and 2. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and riding my horses. 
I have completed my first year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and now I am completing my second year. I am very passionate about working with children and early education.