Our Team

Centre Management

At Shore Kids we pride ourselves in our high ratio of qualified staff to children. We work well as a team ensuring a friendly, fair and secure environment. Regular training courses are attended by all members of staff to guarantee that our qualifications and knowledge is up to date, enabling us to provide the children with the highest standard of care and supervision during their learning. We have regular staff meetings to enable us to converse our thoughts and ideas and plan future events.

Gail Menkin

Owner / Director

I have been working in the Early Childhood Education sector since 1989 and am passionate about the care and development of little children.

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I am a fully qualified and registered Early Childhood teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching Degree (ECE) NZ and a Diploma in Montessori Education [years 2 to 6].

We purchased our first Centre in 2003, Mariposa Kids in 2010 and Shore Kids in 2014.

I have two children of my own, now grown up – Alexandra and Robert.

I love spending time with my family and when time allows I enjoy reading, music, travelling and going to the movies.

Sarah Hansen

Centre Manager

I have a Bachelor of Education (ECE) through Auckland University of Technology which I completed in 2012 and have gained my full teacher registration.

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I worked at Mariposa Kids for four years before moving in 2018 to Shore Kids to take on the managers role.

I see my role as a teacher as someone who supports each child as they learn about their surrounding world and discover new interests and ideas while being valued and respected. I feel it is vital to build a strong relationship with the child and their family, so they feel safe and comfortable and enjoy every day at their school. Being a teacher is very rewarding and knowing I have played a part in a child’s development and learning makes my job all that more fulfilling. As Centre Manager I use my leadership skills to nurture and guide a wonderful team of teachers.

Family means a lot to me as I come from such a big family.  I have a beautiful daughter named Holly and a son named Jordan who are both now at Primary School.

Pipi Room

We have a wonderful and privileged opportunity as Pipi teachers to build relationships and create trust with our infant age group. It is a time to have fun and enjoy rich conversations with our littlest learners.

We keep our room largely undecorated, knowing that infants can easily become over-stimulated by ‘visual pollution’, and you will notice it is more homely than class-roomy. To keep up with best practice we engage in ongoing development to best understand the nature and development of this age group. We have a specialist approach to infant care that is unique to our room and based upon the simple principle of respect. Your baby will be actively listened to, responded to, and loved.

We understand that infants are driven by an innate need to self-educate, and simply require us to support their natural curiosity and exploration by ensuring that their environment offers them possibilities and opportunities. We respond quickly to their cues, assure their wellbeing and belonging, and they naturally gain confidence to learn.

Parents and family are the experts on their children, and we encourage and facilitate open communication to enable us to know your babies and their individual needs and preferences so that their care is specifically tailored to them.

Alivia Tsai

Pipi Room Teacher

Kia Ora! My name is Alivia and I am originally from Taiwan.

I have a degree in Special Education and a Masters degree and am a Registered Early Childhood teacher in New Zealand. I have also gained Overseas Volunteer experience in Myanmar, Cambodia and India.

Precious Viloria

Pipi Room Teacher

Hello! My name is Precious, I am from the Philippines but moved to New Zealand in 2023 with my family.
I have a bachelor’s master’s degree in education and have my teacher’s registration.

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Currently I am studying my Graduate Diploma of Teaching ECE. I have extensive teaching experience in all levels of learners. I love children and I love to teach them and learn from them. As I have a young daughter, taking care of and loving little humans is such a priceless calling for me.

Kitty Ma

Pipi Room Teacher

Kia Ora! My name is Kitty. I am from China and have been living in New Zealand since 2007.

I have fallen deeply in love with this country of picturesque landscapes and beaches as well as its open-minded, inclusive, caring and united people.

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Working with young children has always been a passion of mine. I hold a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (level 4) and First Aid for Young Children Certificate. I feel honored to join Shore Kids and to work collaboratively with the lovely team to build strong, mutual and positive relationships with Tamariki and Whānau and to contribute to the holistic wellbeing and development of our children.

I have a broad interest in cooking, watching movies, listening to music, playing Lego, and making new friends.

Paua Room

Welcome from the Paua room team, where we take over the nurturing and development of your young child and start them on the road to becoming fully active members of society. This is the age of discovering independence, and as such providing our children with a sense of wellbeing and belonging is paramount within our Paua room giving them the confidence and safety to explore this growing sense of self.

Through watching, listening, copying and lots of trial and error Paua children are mastering so many new skills. Our Paua room is set up specifically with this learning in mind, with ample space and resources providing plenty of time for uninterrupted play and learning. Resources provide opportunity for children to mimic and explore ideas through imaginative play becoming mothers of their own “babies”, firefighters on their bikes, or tigers in the jungle enabling them to make sense of the world and their place within it, learning how to work with and alongside others as they play.

Paua teachers are a vital resource themselves at this highly influential age, and pride themselves in role modelling positive social interactions, encouraging language development and literacy through stories, rhyme and song as well as allowing children to copy and try out “jobs” such as gardening, animal care or baking to name a few.

Repetition is key for children of this age so resources and activities are constantly available, many of which utilize the same skills but in different contexts allowing for practice, practice, practice until our now very independent Pauas are ready to start their next journey to primary school.

Once your child turns four, we provide a special transition programme in collaboration with the new-entrant teachers of our local schools. Special attention is given to not just word recognition, numeracy and vocabulary but also concentration, working in a group and routines. We encourage aspects of learning and behaviour that will prepare them well for their move to ‘big school’.

Cathy Choi

Paua Room Teacher

I am from the Philippines, I immigrated to New Zealand with my son in 2009. I was a University Teacher back in the Philippines with a degree…

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… in Computer Studies. I wanted to continue teaching when I enrolled at AUT University for Post graduate studies but got interested and shifted to Early Childhood Education. I earned my Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) in 2013, and I am currently working on my full teacher’s registration. I love having conversations and playing with little children. I spend my free time watching movies and reading books.

Lisa Anderson

Paua Room Teacher

I started working in Early Childhood Education in 2002, after having my first child and becoming really interested in how children develop & grow.

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I have my Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and hold my Full Teacher Registration. I am Mum to my 15-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter who my world revolves around. I love to cook and enjoy encouraging the Preschool children to get involved with this too. As well as helping children to develop the foundations for future learning, my main goal for the children I work with is for them to develop a healthy self-esteem and confidence in themselves and to learn to treat others with kindness and empathy.

Joey Rosario

Paua Room Teacher

Kumusta (Hello) my name is Joey.

I am a qualified teacher with a bachelor’s degree in education. I have eighteen years of teaching experience overseas both in primary and early childhood education. I have been in the Early Childhood Education sector for the past sixteen years here in New Zealand.

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I am married to my lovely wife Mia and we have three wonderful daughters, Alexa, Mariele, and Sofhia – all grownups.

I love to cook, and I spend most of my time with my family, and if time allows, I enjoy doing outdoor activities, motorsports and DIY jobs.

I believe that “The education of even a small child, does not only aim at preparing them for school, but for life”.

Relief Teachers & Support Staff

Shore Kids relies on a group of well trained, reliable and professional Relief Teachers to step in at any time we require their services. We ensure that they maintain our high standards and have been Police vetted.

Our regular maintenance jobs around the Centre are professionally taken care of by Joey and Clive.

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Kunyue Tan

Relief Teacher

Kia ora koutou! My name is Kunyue Tan, and I come from China. I have lived in New Zealand since 2014. I attended high school in Auckland and spent my university life in Wellington. I am a relief teacher at Shore Kids and our sister-school Mariposa Kids.

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I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Victoria University of Wellington and am studying for a Graduate Diploma (L7) student in Early Childhood Education at New Zealand Tertiary College. My Home School is Mariposa Kids.

I chose my career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher after working as a babysitter, and I realized how much I love to see the smiles of the children as they learn and play. That’s why my first job was as an English Teacher Assistant for aged 5-10 at a Children’s English Center in China.

During my first job, I learned how to communicate and build a relationship with children of different ages. I am loving my journey of discovery as I learn more about Early Childhood Education during my studies and I give it all to the children.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
7.30am – 5.30pm


09 444 0709

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