Bachelor of Mass Communications (Saint Louis University) Philippines.
I was born and raised up in a large family in the Philippines with three brothers and five other sisters. I moved to New Zealand in 1993 and met my husband Lee. We got married and now enjoy having two teenage boys, Chris and Justin. I completed my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) Teaching and specialised in Montessori at Auckland University of Technology in 2008.
I have been teaching in Montessori Preschools for almost six years. My love and passion for Montessori has grown significantly. I have always believed in what Maria Montessori said: “The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, the children are now working as if I did not exist.”
Lead Teacher - Lee Raeburn
B.Ed.Primary (Montessori specialty) AUT
Lee Raeburn is a graduate of Auckland University of Technology and trained as a Montessori Primary School teacher. His hobbies include fishing, playing the guitar and having a nice lazy Sunday afternoon at home.
He has a back ground working in Trade supplies across a ten years span. Following this he went onto graduate from AUT and worked for four years in two Primary schools in West Auckland and North Shore. “I believe the secret to learning lies in the task of providing an experience that will be remembered for a life time. I love to watch children as they explore and learn from their environment. We have a great team of teachers at ‘Little Steps’ and I am very much looking forward to preparing a safe and exciting environment for your children to have their next adventure in”.
Teacher - Mary Yang
B.Ed. Early Childhood Education (AUT)
I was born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, and currently living in Greenhithe with my husband Andy, and two young children Alicia and Elijah. In July 2005 I graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Education teaching early childhood and have enjoyed the past 10 years working with pre-school children. I recently found myself looking for a new direction in my teaching practice and was inspired by the Montessori unique approach to learning.
I love how Montessori looks at the “whole child” where children learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement. Maria Montessori once said: “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
Teacher - Delia Burgess
B.Ed. ECE (Montessori Specialty) AUT
I have come from a background in manufacturing and production. Several years ago I decided it was time for a change in my life. I worked part time at a number of Montessori Preschools as a teacher aide and found that the approach was what attracted me to become a teacher. I graduated from AUT University at the end of 2013 and was very determined to find a preschool that matched with my own philosophy of education.
I love the way that the prepared environment provides the children with individual challenges. Once a child is shown how to do something, they simply need time to discover for themselves that they can do it for themselves as well. I am very happy to be a part of the Little Steps team. All of the children have wonderful personalities and I find myself laughing with them all the time. It really reminds me that Little Steps is a very special place to be.
Teacher - Chensa Clarkson
AUT Certificate in Early Childhood teaching
Diploma Mercy Montessori Africa
She has been working with children and parents for over twenty years. Prior to teaching she held two managerial positions for six years in manufacturing and catering and is also a qualified Clothing Designer.
Chensa enjoys spending time with my awesome husband, two sons’, family, friends and our loyal black Labrador. She really enjoys the outdoor pursuits including kayaking, tramping, camping, sailing and mountain biking and relax gardening, cooking, reading, listening to music, painting and sewing.
“I consider it a privilege to work with children and their families and hold a great respect for the uniqueness of every individual person I meet and share time with. Maria Montessori developed a method of assisting the child in their natural journey of self development, by providing an environment of respect and care, enrichment and experience, fun and love, where the child is allowed to explore, enquire, discover and master his/her environment and develop at his/her own pace. As a Montessori Directress I understand that the method does not change, yet as a Directress I hope I will continue to grow in my depth of understanding the miracle of the child”.