Meet Our Team

Centre Manager (Qualified ECE) Deborah Fitness

Kia Ora Whanau

I am privileged to hold the role of Centre Manager here at Chapel Hill Kindergarten.
I am married to Mike and we have 4 children, Jake, Ben, Abbie and Maia.  We attend Chapel Hill Community Church and are involved in many areas of the church including running the kids church for the primary school age children.
I love to read, bake and go on fun adventures with my family to experience this amazing place we live in!
I have been involved in Early Childhood Education in a variety of settings and roles over the past 20 years.
I am committed to ensuring that Chapel Hill Kindergarten provides children with an environment where they know they have a place, their play and learning is valued and extended upon alongside our wonderful team of teachers and above all, children have many opportunities to hear about God throughout their time with us and through a variety of ways.
All whanau are welcome, and I hope that they also experience a sense of belonging within our kindergarten.

Teacher (Qualified ECE) - Nerolle Bracegirdle

Kia Ora, Hello.  My name is Nerolle Bracegirdle.

I started teaching in Early Childhood Education over 20 years ago.
I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and am fully certified.

I am a passionate teacher and value the relationships formed with children, parents and whanau.  I love being a part of your children's lives as they explore, experiment and develop into confident, competent learners.  I enjoy bringing new experiences to the children and challenging them to extend their ideas and abilities.
As a Christian, I see it as a blessing to teach in a Christian environment instilling fruits of the Spirit values and the knowledge of who they are in Christ.

I am married with three children (two teens and one tween).  We attend Activate Ruakura Church.

I enjoy getting outdoors tramping and bike riding but will be more than happy to snuggle up with a coffee and a movie.

I look forward to getting to know you and your children.

Teacher (Qualified ECE) Georgia Thompson

Kia ora.  I have recently graduated University with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and I am working towards my provisional teacher registration.  

I come from a large Christian family and attend Discovery Christian Centre here in Hamilton.  I enjoy the outside environment, being creative and finding new ways to become resourceful and sustainable.  Spending quality time with friends and family is also something that is very important to me.  

I am a passionate and relational teacher, and I love providing meaningful learning opportunities for children.  I seek to guide their learning and development with compassion and joy as they grow to be confident learners in Christ.

Teacher (Qualified ECE) Paula Donald

Hi everyone, My name is Paula Donald and I am thrilled to be a part of the team, here at Chapel Hill Kindergarten.

My teaching qualification comes from the University of Auckland. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Education (Primary). I am privileged to have worked in both sectors especially in a job I enjoy and value.

As such working with young children is a passion of mine, and to be involved in helping shape their futures is special to me. I really enjoy helping facilitate their physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and social development especially as children learn and discover the world around them, and what they can achieve.

I look forward to meeting the parents and answering any questions that are raised.  Let’s move forward together and shape a path for our children tomorrow. 

Teacher (Qualified ECE) Stacey Moore

I am excited to be part of the team at Chapel Hill Kindergarten where I can share God's love with the children, teach them about Jesus, and about the Bible. I have a passion for Christian education and have spent over 8 years working in a Christian centre.

I am married to Ryan and we have two beautiful children. Our daughter Ayla (3) and our son Axel (1). We are a part of Gateway church.
 
In my spare time I like to bake, find new ways to live more sustainably as well as work on various crafty projects including sewing, upcycling and painting.
 
I look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Teacher (Teacher In Training) Christine Stevens

Christine works part time to cover non-contact and breaks.

Christine is currently studying through Waikato University to gain her Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)