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Our professional, dedicated and enthusiastic early childhood teachers are here to support and help your child have an amazing learning experience.

At ACG Tauranga preschool, we introduce children to a love of play and learning, by creating opportunities to explore, experiment, solve problems and express themselves as individuals.

Positioned alongside our Primary School and College, our preschool team offers the same care, support, and safe and nurturing environment found within our world-class school.

  • Ellen White - preschool centre manager

    Ellen is ACG Tauranga Preschool’s founding Centre Manager. She brings extensive centre management experience, including the set-up, licensing and launch of a succesful centre in Tauranga before joining ACG.

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  • Rita Smit - teacher

    Mother of three, Rita is passionate about creating exciting learning experiences for children. A trained primary school teacher who brings valuable knowledge and experience to our transition-to-school process.

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  • Raechel Thompson - teacher

    An experienced and qualified Early Childhood Education teacher, known for respecting and celebrating each child’s uniqueness, passions and strengths. She takes pride in building strong connections with our preschool families/whanau and the wider community.

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  • Rachel Landeg - relief teacher

    Rachel believes there is a lot that we can learn from children and, with her love of science, art and reading, she has a passion for instilling a love of learning. Teaching is part of her pedigree – both of her parents are teachers.

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  • Toni Stevens - teacher

    Growing up with parents as educators took foundation staffer Toni overseas at the age of six. Her experience of schooling in Indonesia and Singapore helps her to relate to teachers and parents from all cultures and backgrounds.

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  • Liz Sutcliffe - relief teacher

    A qualified Nanny, Liz has extensive experience caring for children from the ages of nine months to five years, in both New Zealand and the UK. She also has experience as a Teacher Aide and is passionate about getting alongside children to respectfully support and coach them through all learning situations.

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