Our Team

Sue Hill: General Manager

Kia ora, I’m Sue. I hail from Zimbabwe, Africa, where I completed my early childhood studies and worked in ECE settings in both Zimbabwe and Botswana, prior to immigrating to New Zealand.

In 2011, I was privileged to join the wonderful Future Kids Ohaupo community where I worked as a teacher across all age groups, was team leader of the Water room and then centre supervisor, prior to taking on the role of General Manager.

I am passionate about children’s learning and believe in respectful relationships, empowering children to be confident learners who believe in their capabilities. I also believe that this learning extends to all ākonga; tamariki, kaiako and whānau as it takes a village to raise a child. I am excited to be a part of the Future Kids philosophy, supporting nurturing education through sustainable approaches for all.

My husband and I are part of a very active family, who love fishing and the outdoors. When we are not supporting our three children’s many sporting activities, we can be found exploring the waterways around New Zealand and enjoying the great outdoors.

Haylie Bocock - Centre Manager

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Haylie and I am very excited to be joining the Future Kids team in Bell Block. I am a qualified and registered kaiako with over 20 years’ experience in the early childhood sector. I trained with Te Tari Puna o Aotearoa, New Zealand Childcare Association and qualified in 2002.

Through my leadership experiences I believe I have obtained vast knowledge in our ever-evolving career that I hope to share with ngā tamariki, whanau and other kaiako.

I portray a passion for building strong relationships with each tamaiti and their whanau and value maintaining these relationships through my interactions and with open communication. I am very passionate about supporting ngā kaiako capabilities within their practice therefore ensuring best learning outcomes for tamariki.

I have 2 fur-babies, Oscar and Marley who keep me on my toes and have encouraged me to embrace my love of animals. We enjoy exploring the lovely Taranaki walkways, beaches and parks in our spare time.

I am looking forward to getting to know the tamariki and their whānau during my time at Future Kids Bell Block.

Ngā mihi



Emma Corlett - Earth Team Leader

Kia ora koutou,

My name is Emma and I delighted for the opportunity to be joining the Future Kids team! I have recently returned home to Taranaki after living in Auckland for the last 18 years, where I met my husband Alex. We are currently so lucky to be living with family in Bell Block as we find a place to call our very own. In my spare time I love spending time with friends and family and getting out to explore nature.

I graduated from AUT in 2012 with my Bachelor of Education in ECE and have had so many amazing opportunities to get to know many aspects of care and education in our sector. Working in childcare centres, as a nanny and as a Visiting teacher and Manager in Homebased education.

I absolutely love working with children and their families, building trusting relationships and helping children grow and develop in confidence to explore their world, and knowing that who they are and what they bring to the world matters. I am really looking forward to getting to know you all!

Samantha Foote - Air Room Team Leader

My name is Sam and I have just moved down to the beautiful Taranaki with my fiance Cameron, and our fur baby Rango. I come from what started as a small town called Beachlands in East Auckland, and am a fully qualified and registered early childhood teacher after completing my Bachelor's degree at The University of Auckland in 2018. I have since worked in a daycare for the past three years until making the move down here, and I am so excited to be joining the future kids team!

I am energetic and love all things messy play and promoting a healthy lifestyle for our tamariki in a fun and exciting way! I am passionate about building and fostering strong relationships with not only the tamariki, but extend whanau and staff alike, and I believe these relationships are key for positive learning environments where our tamariki can thrive!

I can't wait to meet you all and get to know you through this exciting new journey!

Jessica Henderson - Water Room Team Leader

Kia Ora I’m Jessica.

I have had the privilege of caring for young children and working as an early childhood educator since 2005. I have been married for 12 years to my wonderful husband Garnett and we have 2 amazing children Samuel aged 9 and Katie aged 7. My family and I enjoy getting out and about, working on our lifestyle bock and attending church, school, community and family events and functions.

I am passionate about contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical learning and development of young children. I have a creative, down to earth, warm and nurturing personality and am a strong believer in the value of team collaboration, open communication and the importance of establishing respectful relationships with children, their families and their community.

I began my teaching journey in Tasmania Australia, which is where I was born and raised. After gaining a Batcherlor of Education (primary) in December 2002 I moved to New Zealand in January 2003. I decided to continue my studies, which lead me on another journey of working in the early childhood industry. In 2006 I gained a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Leaning (ECE) and I found my true calling and love of working with young tamariki.

As we begin this new journey, I look forward to getting to know and working alongside all the teachers, support staff, families and our Future Kids community.

Alice Clive-Smith - Fire Room Team Leader

Kia ora!
My name is Alice and I am so excited to be joining the Future Kids team soon.
I am a qualified early childhood teacher with six years experience in the sector and also hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

I grew up in the UK but have lived in Auckland for the past 7 years with my husband and our 4 year old son, Remy. We have recently decided to move away from the big city life and start our next chapter in Inglewood, where we can't wait to spend more time exploring the great outdoors. I am very excited for Remy to also be joining the Future Kids whanau, and he can't wait to help look after the chickens and bees!

My passions revolve around empowering tamariki and uplifting their mana to support their holistic learning and development. I have a keen interest in supporting children's social and emotional competence, and view building respectful, trusting relationships with tamariki, whanau and the rest of the learning community as integral to my role as a teacher. Sustainability is an important part of my personal teaching philosophy and I enjoy discovering different ways to weave this into our early childhood curriculum. I love discovering children's passions and interests and finding different ways for them to express their infinite number of thoughts and ideas.

Kerri Jordan

Kia Ora! Ko Kerri toku ingoa.

I am delighted to be a part of the Future Kids teaching team! I live here in Bell Block with my husband Bruce and two boys, Arlo 14 and Nico 10. I enjoy travelling, yoga and running, nature, natural health, family time, and spending time with friends over coffee.

I have a degree in Teaching and Learning (ECE). I have been working with tamariki my entire working life. I was a nanny here, London and America for 10 years. I have been a teacher and Team Leader in private childcare centers and kindergarten for the past 15 years.

I am passionate about child advocacy, and building responsive, reciprocal relationships with whanau. I believe that this is the key for children’s wellbeing.
I approach teaching with a sound knowledge in, and application of the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, and tikanga Maori. My child centered, relationship focused, interactions build on nurturing and developing children’s confidence and competence in themselves. I am passionate about our environment and enjoy teaching tamariki to be ecowarriors!

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone in the Future Kids whanau!

Natasha Northcott

Kia Ora, my name is Natasha Northcott and I am excited to have been given the opportunity to become part of the Future Kids Whanau. I have lived here in New Plymouth all my life and currently living in Merrilands with my partner and our 3 amazing children, Sapphire my 12 year old, Jayde my 11 year old and Onyx who is 8.

I enjoy quality family time and spending it with our friends also. In my spare time I enjoy family walks along the coastal walkway and out local bush tracks where we like to walk our dogs. We love hanging out having BBQs and beach time in the summer. I am currently studying my National Certificate in Early Childhood Education. I also have my National Certificate in Education Support. Next year I plan to continue onto the Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. It has always been my passion to work alongside children and watch them develop into nurturing and independent, strong, individuals.

I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside and support the tamariki of Future Kids and can’t wait to get to know you all.

Brittany James

Kia Ora koutou, my name is Brittany James. I grew up in Bell Block, attending Bell Block Primary School and I'm super excited to become a part of the community again.
I graduated from Auckland University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary). I have spent the past 5 years working in Primary with a brief gap teaching English at a kindergarten in China. This was where I realised how much I enjoyed teaching younger children and I am very happy to now be working in Early Childhood.
My passions include dancing, plants, animals, crafts, and cooking and baking.
I am looking forward to getting to know the children, staff, and whanau at Future Kids New Plymouth.

Francesca Dowman

Kia Ora
Ko Taranaki tōku maunga.
Ko Waiwhakaiho tōku awa. Ko Pacific tōku moana.
Ko Comte de Paris tōku waka. Ko Orimupiko tōku marae.
Ko Basil tōku matua.
Ko Pam tōku whaea.
Ko Francesca tōku ingoa

I grew up on a farm and completed all my schooling in Taranaki. I come from a large family and have always had a passion for working with and alongside children. I had many babysitting jobs and an after school nanny job from an early age. My partner and I have an 18 year old son. My partner also has grown children who have been part of my life for the last 20 years. I enjoy meeting new people, attending the gym and riding motorbikes with a great bunch of friends.

I have a Diploma of Teaching in the Primary Sector and a Bachelor of Education in Special Ed completed through Massey University. I have also completed Levels 3 and 4 in Tikanga Māori and am currently working on Level 1 Te Reo, all through Te Wananga o Aotearoa. I have worked for the last 9 years at New Plymouth Boys High School in the Learning Centre where I have worked closely with teachers and staff in many areas of the school. I have been working with students who need additional support in class, students with special learning needs and students with disabilities.

I am really looking forward to joining the fantastic team at Future Kids Preschool in BBK, getting to know the Waikato team, meeting and working with all the amazing children and their whanau as we start this incredible journey together.

Hannah Dodd

Kia Ora, my name is Hannah, and I'm excited to be a part of the Future Kids team. I am a fully registered teacher with over 9 years experience in ECE, and hold a Bachelor's Degree in ECE through Canterbury University. I am also a professional face painter/artist and run my own face painting business during the weekends.

I have grown up in New Plymouth, and currently live in Fitzroy with my fiancé Martin, our young son Ira, and our 2 beloved fur babies. Exploration and free play outdoors, sustainable practices, and a deep passion and respect for nature and our environment are what's at the heart of who I am as a teacher and a mother. I am so excited to be teaching in a space which promotes the same ethos I value so passionately, and actively teaches environmentally friendly practices to our youngest children.

I look forward to meeting, and developing relationships with the children and whānau of Future Kids New Plymouth.


Aaron Mayhew

I’m excited to join the future kids whānau. I’ve been living in New Plymouth for 4 years now, moving from Rotorua. I have 2 years ECE experience, and am currently in my second year of study with the New Zealand tertiary college.

I’m passionate about building confidence in children through risky play and displaying a strong male role model for children. Sustaining open and respectful relationships through honest communication is the corner stone of my teaching practise.

I’m looking forward to my new adventure with the future kids whānau and tamariki.

Gemma Calder

Kia ora koutou katoa
Ko Takitimu tōku maunga
Ko Waihopai tōku tōku awa
Ko Uruao tōku waka
Ko Nga Tahu tōku iwi
Ko Murihikutoku marae
Ko Gemma Calder tōku ingoa

Kia ora, my name is Gemma and I am excited to be a part of the Future Kids team. I am a provisionally registered teacher and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching and Learning ECE, I studied through Canterbury University. I have worked in the hospitality industry in New Plymouth for over 16 years and have loved it, however my passion lies teaching our tamariki.

My whanau is from the South Island but I was born and raised in New Plymouth. I currently live in Waitara with my fur kids George, Pippi, Billie and Frank. I am passionate about incorporating bi cultural practice when working with tamariki. I was in a bilingual school as a child and although my whanau does not speak Te Reo I have retained most of my knowledge which I want to pass on. I love teaching and learning through and in nature and highly value a sustainable practice. I am excited that the values here align with my own and I cannot wait to develop secure relationships with the Future Kids tamariki and their whanau.

Alesha Robinson

Kia Ora,

My names Alesha, I am excited to become a permanent member of the Future Kids Whanau after having the pleasure of working as a reliever across all four rooms over the past 7 months.

I am currently studying towards my Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching through New Zealand Tertiary Collage, while also have gained experience from being in different placements while gaining my national certificate in early childhood at the start of 2020.

I was born in Taranaki and grew up on a farm in Midhurst with my 4 other siblings (2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers). I also have one four-year-old niece and lots of younger cousins, both me and my partner love to be outdoors playing golf, biking, motocross, hiking and spending time with our friends and family.

Vera Wang

Kia ora I’m Vera.

I am very excited to join the Future Kids whānau in Bell Block.

I was born in Beijing and arrived in Auckland when I was 15 as an exchange student. After finishing my NCEA, I decided to stay in New Zealand to study my Bachelor’s Degree in ECE through Auckland University. I moved from Auckland to New Plymouth with my partner last year, and I currently live in Merrilands. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling along the coastal walkway and doing yoga.

I believe all children are unique and gifted in different areas. They are equipped with abilities to discover the world and learn new things independently. I am passionate about creating an environment where children can meet their full potential.

I look forward to meeting, and working alongside all the tamariki, whānau and kaiako!

Nicola Cox

Kia ora koutou!

My name is Nicola Cox and I am so pleased to be joining the Future Kids team. I have watched the place develop from an empty site into a buzzing little community a year or so later and now I will get to spend my time here with an exciting group of people - big and small!

I trained as an Early Childhood Teacher 5 years ago and am now fully registered with four years’ experience. The decision to retrain was an easy one as it was a return for me to a time I loved when my own children were preschoolers. It has been a successful and fun path and a journey I am keen to continue with Future Kids.

I like to interweave my interests with my work and for me this is family, young children, the outdoors, reading and cycling. As a Bell Block resident there is no excuse for me to not bike to work and I am really looking forward to this. I have been in Bell Block now for 21 years and married to David for 20 years. My daughter Emma is also an ECE Teacher and my son Nathan is studying computing at Waikato.

I love watching and being a part of new relationships as tamariki and kaiako become familiar to each other and come to really know, trust, and enjoy each other. I love being alongside families as they and their children learn and grow so I look forward to journeying with you through this stage of your lives.

Sunny Sun

My name is Sunny Sun, and I’m excited to be a part of the Future Kids team!

I worked as a Software Engineer before and became fascinated in learning Early Childhood education after my child Jason was born. Driven by the motivation to become a teacher, after I moved to New Zealand from China with my family, I began the study of ECE in New Zealand Tertiary College and successfully gained the Graduate Diploma degree. During my study I have been relieving at my home centre in Auckland, working with children aged from six months to five.

As a qualified and registered teacher, I’m passionate to care, support and teach children. Respect each child as an individual and value their experience, thoughts and cultures are the foundation of my teaching philosophy. I really enjoy the moments to stay with children and their smiles and trust are the most rewarding parts of my work.

It is so exciting to start my new journey in New Plymouth with my family, and I look forward to establishing trustful relationships with the children and family of Future Kids.

Jenny Stoddard

Kia ora, my name is Jenny. I am delighted to be a part of the Future Kids teaching team. I grew up in Taipei and came to New Zealand in 2002. I gained my early childhood teaching qualification in 2017.

I am passionate about how to sustain our environment. My family loves growing and eating vegetables from our backyard during the summertime. In my spare time, I enjoy walking along the coastal walkway.

I am excited to return my teaching career in Future Kids and look forward to getting to know the children and their whānau.

Jessica Whittle

Kia Ora, my name is Jessica Whittle. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching through Open Polytechnic. During my time of study so far I have been a reliver in an Early Childhood centre and have also completed Level 3 certificates which I gained a lot of experience from as I was on practicums in Early Childhood centres.

I was born in Taranaki and have always lived here, I have three younger siblings and nine younger cousins that have helped me realise and develop my passion for children. I love the outdoors, cooking and learning about our own country and others through travel.
A value and belief I strongly believe in is supporting and teaching our tamariki about sustainable practices so I am very excited to be taking on this role as a teacher in training at Future Kids and cannot wait to meet you all.  

Donelle Baty - Maternity Leave

Kia Ora Whanau my name is Donelle Baty and I have recently joined the Future Kids Preschool team. I come from a small town in the Bay of Plenty and moved to New Plymouth five years ago.

My Husband and I bought a life style block a couple of years ago, so we are well and truly settled here. I enjoy playing squash, scuba diving, fishing, our animals (pigs, cows, sheep, dog and cat) and exploring the great outdoors outside of work hours.

Nine years ago, I completed a national certificate in Early childhood Education with the bay of plenty polytechnic. Also completing a Bachelor of teaching Early childhood Education with the university of Waikato five years ago.

Early childhood education has such a positive impact on a community and I look forward to spending time with the Future kids whanau and pursing my passion and chosen career here. I feel privileged to be welcomed into this centre and I look forward to the years to come.

Kelsey Darth

Kia Ora! I’m Kelsey, I am so excited to be a part of the Future Kids team! I have recently returned to New Zealand after spending 7 months in Barcelona teaching English to primary school children and adults. I also have 2.5 years experience in ECE as a support teacher prior to leaving for Spain.

I was born and raised in Taranaki with my four younger siblings. I have always had a passion for working with children. I am passionate about building strong relationships with children and their whanau and teaching the tamariki about sustainability.

I love photography and travelling. I have travelled around The Pacific, Asia, Europe and Africa and have spent some time volunteering at local villages and daycares in Fiji, Egypt and South Africa.

I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone in the Future Kids Community.

Sarah Garside

Kia Ora! I’m Sarah, I am so thrilled to be a part of the Future Kids team!

I have recently returned to New Zealand after a year in Japan teaching English to Nursery/Kindergarten children (Hoikuen) in Tokyo and Kanagawa. I loved sharing my culture from New Zealand to the children and because of the Rugby World Cup being hosted there in 2019 they were so excited to learn more about where I was from and how to sing māori nursery rhymes and learn simple greetings!

I was born and raised in Taranaki but often travelled abroad living in the UK for 2 years travelling Europe and visiting several Asian countries. In my spare time I love to paint and draw and will always sit happily watching a Disney or Pixar film.

I have always had a passion for working with children, especially in the arts (painting, acting and singing) and love to see their curiosity grow and try new things! I hope to grow wonderful relationships with the children and their whanau and help support you all through to school days!

よろしくお願いします (yoroshiku onegaishimasu) -I look forward to working with you!

Kat Bryson - Administrator

Kia Ora whānau, my name is Kat. 

Originally from Tāmakimakaurau and moved to Perth, Western Australia on a one way ticket when I was 21! After 12 years in Perth and the birth of my son Grayson, home was calling. We now call Taranaki home and never get sick of that breathtaking maunga view! Grayson is in the Fire Room where he has a sense of belonging, adores his kaiako and I am lucky enough to get to see him throughout the day. 

My background is pharmacy where I worked my way up from the after school help at 15 to management over 12+ years. I also have admin/PA background and was lucky enough to join the Future Kids whānau. I absolutely love greeting all the smiling faces of ngā tamariki each morning and look forward to continuing to do so. I’m always here to help so make sure you pop in and say hi.


Brearna Herbert

Kia Ora! My name is Bre, and I'm so excited to become a permanent member at future kids after being a reliever for 3 months. I can't wait to start working towards my Bachelor of Early Childhood while also having gained my national Early Childhood certificate in 2020.

I have lived in Taranaki with my parents, twin brother and younger brother my whole life. Growing up I did a lot of babysitting which made me want to go into early childhood. I love the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

I look forward to continuing this journey working alongside all the tamariki, whanau and kaiako at future kids preschool!

Teresa Julian - Chef

Kia ora. My name is Teresa Julian.

I am a solo Mum to my beautiful 13 year old daughter and 3 cats. We are based In Fitzroy and have been living in Taranaki for around 7 years now. I am originally from the Far North where I grew up in a small town called Taipa.

I have always had a love for food since I was young. My Mum was an amazing cook and eventually opened her own café. Her love for food and feeding people was ingrained into my blood from a little girl. Some of my fondest memories from childhood were helping her in the kitchen. For me food is fundamental to our well-being, and is also about nurturing the soul and taking our senses on a journey of excitement and joy.

I have recently graduated from WITT and gained my Diploma in Cookery, as well as my City & Guilds qualification. I decided 2 years ago to study so I could learn more skills which would enable me to work towards building a better future for my daughter.

I am so excited to be starting at Future Kids New Plymouth and working with an amazing team of people.

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