Our Teachers

Meet the team at The Children’s Corner childcare in Howick, Auckland

Our Kaiako (Teachers)

We recruit and retain the very best early childhood teachers; highly qualified, experienced individuals who feel a strong connection to our centre vision and are committed to providing our children with quality learning.

Our Montessori teachers are facilitators, mentors, coaches and guides. Through careful observation, they get to know a child’s learning style, personality and interests and guide them through the Montessori curriculum accordingly.

Our teachers treat every child as unique and their learning journey specific to them, encouraging in them a love of learning.

Montessori teachers encourage children to ask questions, think independently, explore, investigate and discover.

Centre Owner - Diane at The Children's Corner childcare centre in Howick, Auckland

Diane Cornelius

Centre Owner

Originally from Scotland, I came to Auckland in 2003 with my husband and I am very proud to call Auckland home. I have a B.A degree in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology and a Post-graduate Diploma in Personnel Management. Along with a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

I have had the pleasure of being Centre Owner of The Children’s Corner Howick since January 2007 and the best part of my work is getting to know all our preschoolers and their families. I believe every child deserves the very best start in life and together with our talented teachers, this is what we aim to provide your child with…a quality Montessori foundation for lifelong learning.

I have 4 children (Neve, Orla, Darcy and Dempsey) and a husband who also works in early childhood so children really focus a lot in our lives! Together with our sheep, goat, dogs and cat we enjoy life on our lifestyle block.

Baz Cornelius

Centre Owner

Kia ora my name is Baz and I’m co-owner of The Children’s Corner Howick. I have 4 children and have been involved in early childhood education in New Zealand for almost 15 years working with all age groups. It always fills me with joy when I see children realise their potential as capable and competent learners.

Although I originally gained a degree in Chemistry then went on to work in the corporate world as a Finance Manager it is early childhood where I have finally found my passion. I have a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

My particular interests lie in conservation and the outdoors and I’m hoping to inspire and encourage our young learners in these valuable areas too.

Centre Manager - Fiona at The Children's Corner childcare centre in Howick, Auckland

Fiona Goodman

Centre Manager

Hi, my name is Fiona Goodman and I am Centre Manager at The Children’s Corner. I began my Montessori journey in the UK where I completed my training with St Nicholas in 1992. I then worked in various schools in Europe before coming to New Zealand in 1995.

I met my husband Murray and after getting married we had two children Jemma and Thomas. Both my children went to Montessori preschools and Tom was one of the foundation pupils here and spent his last year here before going to school.

We have a bach at Cooks Beach in the Coromandel where we like to spend time and enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding and just relaxing at the beach. In my spare time, I like to read, spend time with friends and I love to shop!

Radhika - Montessori teacher at The Children's Corner childcare centre in Howick, Auckland

Radhika Chawla

Montessori Teacher

Hi, my name is Radhika Chawla, and I was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. I grew up with my two other siblings, and I am the youngest among them. I graduated from the University of Delhi in 2003 with a Bachelor of Commerce and studied two years Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I have a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

I started my career in teaching in the year 2002. I taught for ten years as a Montessori Teacher with children of 3 to 6 years old in a school in New Delhi.

In 2013, I moved to New Zealand after marrying my husband, Bharat. We have two lovely kids, Pavani (9) and Himank (6).

In 2017, I worked as a long term reliever teacher at The Children’s Corner.

I am an enthusiastic teacher who loves kids and having a fun time with them. I am so excited to start this great journey with you and your children and working alongside with the great team of The Children’s Corner.

Montessori Teacher - Joanne at The Children's Corner childcare centre in Howick, Auckland

Joanna Xiao

Montessori Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Joanna Xiao. I am a fully registered teacher with a graduate diploma in ECE teaching. I also have a B. A. degree in High school English Teaching and a Post-graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

My education career started back when I worked for Kumon China. From observing and interacting with young children, I found my passion for working with young children and started my ECE further study in New Zealand.

Since 2012 I have been involved in early childhood education with all age groups in New Zealand. Originally from South China, I grew up with three other siblings, and I am the oldest one.

My husband and I came to New Zealand in 2012, and now we have our lovely daughter Kaia-Belle (three-year-old) with us. We are enjoying life here in New Zealand. In my spare time, most importantly, I would love to have quality time with my families. Also, I love reading (especially about ancient history and archeology), swimming and hiking.

I am excited to start my new journey in the Children’s Corner and look forward to the partnership with our whanau to create a meaningful learning journey for our tamarikima.

Come and meet the team, talk to our centre manager, say hi to the kids and see first hand why we’re different. We’re more than happy to take you on a guided tour around the centre.  You can book in your visit now, just click on the button below and choose a time and day to suit you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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