Jo & Darryl Ward
Jo is a qualified & registered Primary School Teacher with over 20 years experience in education. Along with her husband Darryl they own Farmhouse Preschool. Jo & Darryl opened the preschool in 2009.
Abi is our Centre Manager she has a Bachelor of Education - Primary. Abi is the mother of two beautiful girls and wife to Ben. Abi leads our wonderful team of teachers and is responsible for ensuring a high standard of care and education is kept. Abi has been part of the team since 2011.
Hanna is a fully registered teacher, mum to two gorgeous children and wife to Jamie. Hanna is our HEAD TEACHER at Farmhouse Preschool Patumahoe. Hanna joined our team in 2012.
Kirstie is our HEAD TEACHER at Farmhouse Preschool Karaka, she is a fully qualified and registered teacher. Kirstie is mum to Eli, they spend a lot of time in Whangamata with her partner Brian and his two children Lauren and Joleigh. Kirstie likes to bring a fun-loving approach to her teaching and has a passion for the 4 year old programme and helping children transition to school smoothly. She joined the team in 2013.
Kirsty is a qualified teacher who joined the Karaka team in 2015. She lives in Pukekohe with her partner Jeremy and enjoys making soy candles in her spare time. Kirsty believes in nurturing children's individuality, imagination and sense of empathy for others and the world around them.
Odette is our Accounts Administrator she handles all our enrolments and accounts enquiries. Odette lives in Waiuku with her husband and three daughters. Odette works part-time at Farmhouse Preschool and is available - Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-4pm. She joined the team in 2013.
Sian is a fully qualified ECE teacher who moved up to the Franklin region from Papamoa Beach. She moved with her partner Max in 2015, straight after finishing her studies. Sian works full-time at Farmhouse Preschool Karaka and is working towards her full registration. Sian is enthusiastic about following children’s spontaneous interest’s with the help of their individual lenses and expertise.
Courtney was born and raised in Auckland, at the end of 2016 she completed her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Auckland. She believes it is important to respect and enable children to make their own decisions, and follow their own interests.
I come from Japan and my hometown is Shiga. There is a big lake in Shiga and it is surrounded by nature. I came to New Zealand in 2010, and completed Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) in 2015. I am married to Taishi, and moved to Waiuku in 2017. I like to spend spare time going for a walk, taking photographs, playing and listening to music and making crafts. I believe it is important to build respectful, warm and trust relationships with individual child and parents and Whanau.
Sharon is a fully qualified ECE Teacher, she works at Patumahoe & Karaka. Sharon has been part of our team since 2014.