Meet the Team

Toni Devenny

Owner & Director

Toni has a background in nursing and has 27 years experience working in the early childhood education sector. Toni opened Lansdowne Private Child Care and Pre School in 1993
Toni has overall responsibility for the day to day running of the Nursery & Preschool.

Toni is married to Jim and they have two sons, a daughter, five granddaughters and a grandson.

Adele Mortimer

Teachers-Aide

Adele has been working at the Centre for the past 10 years. Adele is originally from the UK, where she trained and worked as a Nursery Nurse. Adele works in the Preschool as a Teachers-Aide. Adele and her partner Chris have two daughters.

Cathy McAlister

Teachers Aide/House Keeper

Cathy has worked at the Centre for 14 years. Cathy trained and worked in the play centre sector of early childhood education. Cathy works in the Preschool where she is responsible for preparing the children’s morning & afternoon tea and general house-keeping duties.  Cathy has a daughter and grandson.

Bale Van Doorn

Teaching Assistant

Bale has been working at the Centre for the past 8 years. Bale trained as a Montessori teacher. Bale works in the Nursery looking after our young babies. Bale has 5 adult children and a grandson.

Mei Paulo

ECE Teacher – Registered Teacher

Mei has been working at the Centre for the past 14 years. Mei is a registered ECE teacher with a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). Mei oversees the Nursery, looking after our very young babies. Mei has 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren.

Emma McGovern

Floor Supervisor – Provisionally Registered

Emma has been working at the Centre for the past 9 years. Emma is a provisionally registered teacher with a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Emma is Floor Supervisor in the Nursery.  

Wendy Moore

ECE Teacher – Provisionally Registered Teacher

Wendy has recently joined the Centre. Wendy is a registered ECE teacher with a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) 0 – 8 years. Wendy is a teacher in the Nursery. Wendy is married with 3 children.

Marissa Napier

ECE Teacher – Registered Teacher

Marissa has been working at the Centre for the past 7 years. Marissa is a registered teacher with a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Marissa is a teacher in the Nursery. Marissa is married to Neil they have 2 daughters and a granddaughter.

Glenda Russell

House Keeper

 Glenda works in the Nursery where she is responsible for preparing the children’s morning & afternoon tea and general house-keeping duties

Aleisha Graves

Teaching Assistant – Student Teacher

. Aleisha has a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood Education. Aleisha works with our toddlers.

Elizabeth Frater

ECE Teacher – Provisionally Registered Teacher

Liz has been working at the Centre for the past 5 years. Liz is a trained primary school teacher and is provisionally registered. Liz works in the Nursery with the toddler’s.  Liz and her partner Mike have two children.

Raewyn Sherry

Teachers Assistant

Raewyn has a back ground in media and administration, she works in both the Pre School and the Infants and Toddlers Centre. Raewyn is married to Matthew and has 2 sons.

Robyn Omundsen

ECE Teacher – Registered Teacher

Kia Ora tamariki and whanau of Lansdowne Private Childcare

I would like to introduce myself. I am Robyn. I have taught in various Early Childhood settings including mixed age, nursery, preschool and kindergarten.

I am married with four adult children. One son and a daughter. I am also very fortunate to have two granddaughters.

Megan Wingate

ECE Teacher – Registered Teacher

Hi everyone!

I'm Megan. I was born and raised here in Lansdowne, and am excited to be back after alomost two years teaching in Wellington. I have four nieces and nephews who i love to spend time with, and who were my motivation for becoming an ece teacher. 

Dale Brewster

3rd year student teacher

Dale is a 3rd year student teacher who is currently working 4 days per week in our Pre School Centre. Dale is married with 3 daughters.