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 30 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 20 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.

Hollie Sutton
Hollie Sutton
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Studies. Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Teacher
Cottor Ave

Hollie who comes from Southland, graduated in 2008 with a degree in theatre studies, which is a passion of hers, and one that she combined with another passion…education. Hollie, along with her partner spent 2 years travelling before coming back to New Zealand and settling down in Arrowtown, along with her very loved dogs. In 2017 Hollie completed her Graduate Diploma in ECE and joined the Cotter Ave teaching team in 2018.

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.

Jo Bartlett
Jo Bartlett
Diploma of Teaching, ECE
Part time Teacher
Durham Street

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 ten years ago. Sian started her teaching career in the primary sector and then made the move to Early Childhood, joining our team in 2014 and stepping into the Head Teacher Position at Durham St in late 2016. Sian loves spending time with children in nature and has a passion for outdoor environments.

Courtney Shaw-Mann
Courtney Shaw-Mann
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 Husband.

Gemma Grice
Gemma Grice
Bachelor of Teaching ECE
Teacher
Durham Street

Born and bred in Invercargill, Gemma joined the Durham Team in 2018. She studied through the University of Otago, graduating on Murihiku Marae in 2016. She is passionate about Te Reo and Tikanga Maori and enjoys sharing this passion with children and her team. Gemma enjoys travelling and has been on some fabulous over seas trips, spending time within other cultures of the world.

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. Jenny has been part of the Arrowtown Preschool teaching team since 2013, and the Durham team since 2015. She is passionate about storytelling and you can often hear her recreating stories in a dramatic way. Jenny enjoys spending time on the Queenstown trails walking her Puppy with her partner.