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) - Joanne Rive

Kia ora, my name is Joanne Rive. I have been part of the team at Chapel Hill Kindergarten since May 2014. It is a great community to be a part of, and I enjoy building relationships with the children and families that are part of this kindergarten. I have a passion to help children learn and discover, enabling them to become competent and confident learners. I consider it a privilege to be a part of each child's learning journey.

I have completed 3 teaching diplomas in Montessori: Infant, Toddler and Pre Primary. I undertook these in the early 1990's in London, and have taught in Montessori Preschools since then. In 2013, I completed my Degree in Early Childhood Education, through the Open Polytechnic. I began teaching at Chapel Hill Kindergarten in 2014.

I am married to Jason, and we have 2 children. They both attend Rototuna High School. My family attends the Salvation Army, and we are all involved in various activities there.

Being a Mum takes up a lot of my time...however when I do have spare time I love to cook, garden, read a good book, and spend time with friends and family.

Teacher (Qualified ECE) - Travis Franklin

Hi my name is Travis Franklin and it is great to be part of the team at Chapel Hill Kindergarten. I started working here in 2015 and I love the fact that the team of teachers here are so supportive and genuinely want the best for each other and the children.

My passion as a teacher is to create an environment where the children feel safe and have a sense of 'home' when they come through those doors. When children feel comfortable where they are and what they are doing they are more likely to contribute and learn. 

Music is also a big part of my life. I regularly play piano at Horsham Downs Church and love using this tool in my teaching. I also love playing sport such as touch rugby and cricket, watching movies and finding moments to relax and do nothing!!

I have been married to Jodie for 13 years and have 2 children, Liam - nearly 5 and Albie - 2.

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 (Unqualified) - Carlene Franklin

Carlene works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and job shares with Christine to cover non-contact and breaks.

Teacher (Teacher In Training) Christine Stevens

Christine works on Thursdays and Fridays and job shares with Carlene to cover non-contact and breaks.

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