Our programmes Papakura Early Learning Centre Our Team Our Team Maria Tuiā – Pemerika ELC Team Leader/Professional Leader From Maria: Talofa Lava! I am a New Zealand-born Samoan, born and raised in Glen Innes, East Auckland. My husband PJ and I have 5 children and bought our house in Papakura in 2018. Papakura is now our home and we love it here. I come from a family of Early Childhood Educators, so my passion for working alongside children started at a very young age. I have over 18 years' experience working in the Early Childhood Sector. I have been in leadership and management roles in a variety of Early Childhood settings. From Kindergartens, Community-based centres, privately owned centres and Early Learning Centres under a large organisation. I am a fully registered and qualified Educator, and an Associate Teacher for teachers in training. I believe in respective practice and that my role as a Kaiako is to support and foster children’s learning, engagement and wellbeing in order for them to flourish. Lalupe Lolesi ELC Teacher From Lalupe: TALOFA! My name is Lupe and I am super excited to join you all at Great Potentials ELC! I have been working in Early Childhood for 10 years and am currently in my last year of study, towards a Bachelor of Education with Open Polytechnic. My teaching practice and philosophy is culturally influenced in where I value respectful relationships that are guided with LOVE and RESPECT. I love that each child comes with their own kete of knowledge and the unique way in which they see and interpret their world. It is my hope that I am able to walk alongside children and their families, as we support them to blossom into confident, secure, life-long learners. I look forward to meeting you all! Alofa atu.