Our People

Neena Passi
Centre Manager

I moved to New Zealand in 2005 with my husband and my son who is now 17 years old and attends Long Bay College.

I am a qualified and registered Early Childhood Teacher/ Manager. I have been in the education industry for the last 25 years. I accomplished my Diploma in ECE and Post-Graduation from Unitec, & Bachelor of Education specializing in Montessori from AUT. The Montessori philosophy has inspired me deeply.

I strongly believe that all the children are competent and capable learners. My relationship with tamariki and their parents and whanau are fundamental to my teaching practice. My personal philosophy is one of respect for our children, families and our teachers and to ensure there is a quality of care & education at all time. I encourage the children & the staff to develop their knowledge and skills and become the best that they can be. I would love all children who come to Little Earth Montessori to leave with a love for learning.

Pene Dalton

I started at Little Earth Montessori in January 2006 as Administrator after having managed the Mairangi Swim School for 15 years, as well as holding the position of Administrator of NZ Water Polo for 3yrs. I love the variety at Little Earth and enjoy watching the children progress while they are there.

Susan Hong
Qualified & Registered Teacher

I am a Montessori Early Childhood Educator and have been teaching at Little Earth Montessori Preschool since 2005. I hold a Montessori Teacher Certificate from USA and Korea and retrained at AUT University in New Zealand where I further advanced my knowledge and experience and obtained a Bachelor of Education specializing in Montessori. I find all Montessori theories and activities fascinating but am especially interested in Mathematics in the area.

Krystal Lochan
Qualified & Registered Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Krystal. I have been teaching at Little Earth Montessori since 2013. I am of Indian heritage but born and bred in Aotearoa. So far in my teaching journey, I have learnt how diverse the Early Childhood sector is having been exposed to a wide range of theories and practices. Nonetheless I stood in awe when I first visited Little Earth Montessori. I saw the difference! It has been a humbling experience and my expectations of children’s learning has changed. The Montessori Way of being and learning made so much sense to me. It seems almost every day I am learning something new. I am very grateful to be part of this environment and the level of learning that is taking place here. The best thing about being an ECE teacher is watching the children grow and learning from their mistakes. Listening to the children giggling helps to keep me young and enjoy the simple moments in life.

Ben Nakajima
Qualified & Registered Teacher

I am a Montessori Early Childhood Educator and have been part of the amazing team at Little Earth Montessori since 2015.

I graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education majoring in Montessori.

I have also studied Science at University and am passionate and excited about introducing more science activities into the classroom at Little Earth Montessori. I believe that hands on activities is the key to enhancing children’s creativity in science.

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