Meet our Staff

Sinead Harrington

Center Manager

Sinead HarringtonKia Ora, I'm Sinead!

I am Mum to one gorgeous little boy who makes me smile every day with his fresh outlook on the world. My partner and I have lived in Queenstown for quite some time, and this is where I began my teaching career in 2009. At first I began as an unqualified teacher and as my love of teaching under five's continued to flourish, I took a big leap and studied to gain a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education whilst working full time (before becoming a mum). My studying days are well and truly over but I continue to learn each day, not just through professional courses and readings but through sharing curiosities with the children and exploring the world around us to create shared understandings.

I am strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and believe that the environment is the third teacher and that children should be able to drive their own learning whilst I support and ignite their sense of wonder alongside them.

I am grateful each day for the smiles, laughter, and insight the children bring, sharing their outlook on the world with me.

 

Ruth Chapman-Olla

Fantail room
Studying Education Psychology

Ruth Chapman-OllaHi there, my name is Ruth,

I am originally from the UK and have been living in New Zealand for the past sixteen years. I moved to Queenstown seven years ago with my now husband. I have spent the last six years working in early childhood, four of those years have been spent working with Infant and toddlers. I began as a volunteer before gaining a job as a permanent reliever, this progressed to becoming an unqualified teacher in an Infant and toddler room.

I began working at Zigzagzoo Henry Street two years ago after having time off to have my little boy, during this time I began studying a BA in Education Psychology through Massey University. The experience of having my little boy reinforced my belief in the importance of respectful care for the children under two.

I love the relationships we create with children and families and feel strongly that we are here to create an environment with a strong sense of belonging and trust so parents and carers feel confident in leaving their amazing children in our care.

"Its not enough that babies receive good care the care must be excellent" Magda Gerber

 

Amy Grieshaber

Fantail room & Kindergarten Room
Health and Social Care (BTEC) (UK)

Amy Grieshaber

Hello my name is Amy. I am from England and studied Health and Social Care at college. I got my first job at preschool after I had finished college and worked there for three years until I decided to move to New Zealand. My best friend lived in Queenstown so that’s where I decided to live. I have been living in Queenstown for one year and absolutely love it.

I started working at Zigzagzoo as soon as I arrived and feel that I have learnt so much and gained knowledge from our teachers and especially the children. I am very lucky to work in both rooms which I love and gives me the opportunity to continue to learn about the children’s development and how they learn.

I feel very privileged to have met some amazing teachers, children and families whilst being with Zigzagzoo and enjoy each and every day that I am here.

 

Donna MacRae

Kindergarten room
B.A   Education & Social Services

Donna MacRae

My name is Donna MacRae and I am a Early Years Teacher from Scotland

I have over ten years of experience in working with children aged 0-17 in a variety of settings in the U.K, Australia and New Zealand. I worked at Zigzagzoo Remarkables Park in 2014.

I was delighted to return to New Zealand in 2016 where I have been working in the Kindy room here at Zigzagzoo, Henry Street.

I have always had a passion for working with children and young people and believe that a positive early years experience is essential in a child being able to reach their full potential. Children should feel safe, secure and loved in order to flourish and become effective learners.  I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and feel that giving children freedom of choice is a positive and respectful approach to teaching which enables them to learn through their play.