Our teachers

All our teachers are qualified and registered to work in early childhood, and are passionate about working with each child, caring for them and engaging with them in further learning.

Michelle Williams

Manager and Senior Teacher
Diploma of Teaching and Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Michelle Williams profile photo

I am dedicated to creating empowering environments where children can learn about themselves and others while gaining language and social skills to engage in Kindergarten life and beyond fully.

Mentoring teachers is a strong focus of Rutherford Street Kindergarten, and growing teacher capability is my passion.

Attractive and natural play environments are my keen interest, and I like to show tamariki ways to recycle and reuse many things.

Tanisha Marsden

Bachelor of Teaching – Early Childhood Education.

Tanisha profile photo

Tina Shirley

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning – Early Childhood Education.

I was born in Nelson and live in Atawhai with my partner, Tony and cat Coco.

I completed my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) at the end of 2015 (through Canterbury University).

I started with Rutherford Street Kindergarten in 2016 and I work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.

My interests include travel, tramping, mountain biking, touch rugby, skiing, fun runs and the odd adventure racing event. I enjoy art and craft activities, cake decorating, cooking and sewing.

I’m passionate about tamariki learning to develop warm reciprocal relationships and treating each other with respect. I endeavour to help foster independence and a “love of learning” in a calm, nurturing environment … while also having fun!

Hannah Lee

Teacher Support

Hannah Lee photo

I have been enjoying working with all the amazing children, teachers

and families here at RSK for 7 years. 

I’m originally from Korea, where I completed a degree in Christian Education. Through my involvement in church I have had a number of roles in education including developing programs for kindergarten children.

My three daughters have a passion for music – they are skilled pianists and organists

and contribute their skills throughout the community.

In my spare time I enjoy tramping with my family. Milford Track was the most enjoyable walk I’ve done.

My focus at RSK is to support the children in every way that I can, and maximise the fun and enjoyment that they experience here.