Our People

Our qualified teaching teams share a genuine passion for teaching and learning. This is supported by regular professional development and paid professional time for assessment, programme planning and teacher meetings. The result of this combination has seen us create dynamic, progressive learning programmes for our children. Our very low turnover of teachers enables children and families to build connections and relationships with the teaching teams, which is fundamental for quality learning environments. It also shows that our teachers are happy and rewarded in their jobs. 

Jane Foster and Gerdi Schumann make up the Management team for both preschools and provide an important link between the preschools, teachers, parents and community. Arrowtown Preschool is governed by elected members of our Arrowtown Preschool Incorporated Society.

Our People
JANE FOSTER
JANE FOSTER
Diploma of Kindergarden Teaching
Professional Leader / Manager
Cotter Ave - Durham Street

As the Professional Leader of Arrowtown Preschool, Jane oversees the learning programmes and day-to-day operation of the Cotter Ave and Durham St preschools. Jane has been involved with Arrowtown Preschool for 27 years and has built many links not only within our local community but also with inspiring national and international educational networks. Outside of Preschool Jane enjoys spending time cruising the beautiful Fiordland Sounds with her husband and friends and keeping a track of her three adult sons.

Gerda Schumann
Gerda Schumann
Cotter Ave - Durham Street

Gerdi has been involved with Arrowtown Preschool for 17 years and ensures the many financial and regulatory requirements are in top shape for both our preschools. Gerdi often bikes to work at Preschool from her home and family business at Chard Farm. Gerdi and her husband have three adult children.

Mandy Jenkins
Mandy Jenkins
Postgraduate Diploma ECE
Head Teacher
Cottor Ave

Originally from Christchurch, Mandy has worked in a variety of roles including a social and youth worker and a behaviour therapist.  She later attained a Diploma in ECE in 2010.  She has previously taken on a senior role at a Forest School as well as in a Reggio-inspired Nursery in England.   Along with her English husband, Tom, Mandy came to live in Arrowtown and take on the role of Head Teacher at Cotter Ave Preschool in April 2016.

Alice Orr
Alice Orr
Diploma of Teaching, ECE
Teacher
Cottor Ave

Alice taught in Invercargill & Queenstown before heading to teach in Dubai and enjoyed travelling before returning to Arrowtown. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, Alice attended a Reggio Emilia Study Tour in Italy in 2010. Alice loves to build on children’s interests and outside of Preschool is a keen mountain biker.

Callie Norman
Callie Norman
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
Cottor Ave

After studying Primary teaching at Otago, she taught ECE in Queenstown before spending six years teaching in the UK. Callie & her husband have two daughters who attended Arrowtown Preschool and after many years of relieving both at Arrowtown Preschool & Arrowtown School, Callie  joined our team in 2015 as a full time teacher. Callie is passionate about teaching and ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their unique potential.

Lottie White
Lottie White
Bachelor of Education, ECE
Teacher
Cottor Ave

Lottie joined us in 2012, making the move from Auckland after emigrating from England in 2003. Lottie & her husband enjoy the outdoors with their two children and she is passionate about sharing experiences in nature with the children she teaches.

Jo Bartlett
Jo Bartlett
Diploma of Teaching, ECE
Teacher
Cottor Ave

Jo was inspired to study Early Childhood Education while her children attended Arrowtown Preschool and joined us as a Teacher in 2012. Jo believes in an holistic approach to children’s learning and she enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband Paul and their three children.

Sian Green
Sian Green
Diploma of Teaching Primary,
Graduate Diploma of Teaching ECE
Head Teacher
Durham Street

Sian spent her childhood in New Zealand, England and Saudi Arabia and traveled extensively before settling in Queenstown with her husband and two sons five years ago. Sian started her teaching career in the primary sector and several years ago made the move to Early Childhood, joining our team in 2014 and stepping into the Head Teacher Position at Cotter Ave in late 2015. Sian loves spending time with children in nature and has a passion for outdoor environments.

Courtney Shaw
Courtney Shaw
Bachelor of Teaching, ECE
Teacher
Durham Street

Courtney grew up in beautiful Manapouri and joined Arrowtown Preschool in 2011 after time in the UK teaching at an Outdoor Pursuits Centre. Courtney has a passion for the outdoors and this has supported her love of teaching in natural environments. She is creative and enjoys inspiring children’s creativity and getting outdoors in her spare time with her partner.

Maree Wheeler
Maree Wheeler
Bachelor of Teaching ECE
Teacher
Durham Street

Originally from the Taieri area, Maree moved to the Wakatipu in 2001, teaching in Queenstown before becoming a parent herself. She joined our Cotter Ave teaching team when it opened in 2010 and then moved to Durham St in 2013. Maree enjoys building on children’s interests and is very involved in the Wakatipu community. Maree and her husband have two daughters.

Jenny Corrigan
Jenny Corrigan
Bachelor of Education, ECE,
Diploma of Montessori (Ireland)
Teacher
Durham Street

Jenny arrived in NZ from Ireland in 2006 and taught in Queenstown for four years before returning to University to gain her NZ Bachelor of Teaching. She is passionate about Te Reo and Tikanga Maori and enjoys sharing this passion with children and her team. Jenny joined our team in 2013, has recently become a Citizen and loves living in this part of the world.