Adele Hall – Manager/Senior Teacher

Kia Ora – My name is Adele Hall and I am the Manager/Senior Teacher at Highbury House Early Learning Centre, a position I have enjoyed since 2005.

I graduated with a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood at the end of 1990 only to have my daughter a month later. My sons were both born within the next 7 years and I continued to keep my hand in Early Childhood, mostly through my strong involvement with Playcentre but also by offering home-based care in my own home through Barnados and later with Jemma’s and also working in part-time and relieving roles at various centres. I have also had good training ground for my current management position through serving on various boards, schools and trusts and holding leadership positions within the Playcentre Association.

My heart has always been in community based centres where the philosophy focuses on child-centered environments and experiences as well strong connections with whanau.


Sarah Spence – Kaiako/Early Childhood Teacher

Kia ora my name is Sarah Spence.

Laurel Nuysink – Head Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Laurel Nuysink and I joined the teaching team here at Highbury House Early Learning Centre in 2010.

My husband and I have 3 children, two daughters and a son. Our youngest daughter is still at school, with the older two studying at University.

In 1987 I gained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Otago University and practiced as a dentist for 13 years. I became a stay-at-home mum after the birth of our third child and it was then that I decided to follow my heart and retrain as an Early Childhood teacher. I graduated from Auckland University in 2010 with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood).

I am passionate about young children and families. My desire is for each child to feel happy, safe and an important member of our learning community. From this secure foundation, it is exciting to see them begin to investigate, follow their passions and curiosity and take risks. I feel privileged to be a part of the passionate and talented teaching team here at Highbury House Early Learning Centre.


Birgit Post – Kaiako/Early Childhood Teacher

My name is Birgit Post. I am originally from Germany where I have gained my Qualifications in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs and Social Work/Education.

In the past 30 years I have been employed in different areas and settings related to all kinds of Social Services, and in Education as such. In New Zealand I gained further experience in the field of Special Education through Employment by IHC, GSE and CCS. I also worked for a variety of Early Childhood Centres, Kindergarten and Primary Schools in the role of Support Worker. Highbury House Early Learning Centre is one of these centres. I started here as a Para-professional/Teacher Aide for a child with special needs in 2007, have since been one of their regular relieving staff, and became a permanent part time staff member in December 2010.

I very much enjoy working with the little ones and alongside the other fantastic teachers, who always provide a welcoming and supportive environment at Highbury House Early Learning Centre for children and parents alike.


Linda Maikaere – Kaiako/Early Childhood Teacher


Donna Fribrant-Katz – Kaiako/Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora, I graduated from AUT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and am now working on my teacher registration.

I have been relieving at Highbury House Early Learning Centre since 2011 after doing my first practicum here and I am now a permanent staff member. I have also done some relieving in other centres over the past 14 years whilst raising three beautiful children with my husband.

I am very passionate about teaching children to be risk takers, be confident, to believe in themselves and for them to build respectful, reciprocal, relationships with the other children, the teachers and their families/whanau. I am also passionate about Te Reo and teaching this to the children through waita, dance and other resources.

I feel very grateful to be working in such an incredible environment where the children and their interests always come first. The other teachers here at Highbury House Early Learning Centre are passionate, dedicated and full of amazing knowledge and I feel very lucky to be a part of this wonderful team.


Suzannah Wilde – Teaching Assistant

Kia ora my name is Suzannah Wilde. I am a Teaching Assistant and the newest member of the team having joined in March 2016. I am a parent to two young daughters, one of whom attends Highbury House ELC and the other has recently started at Birkenhead Primary School.  I relocated with my husband from the UK to Birkenhead at the end of 2013 and have quickly enjoyed becoming involved in the community.

I have a Dip.He in Speech and Language Therapy and have much theoretical knowledge and work experience in many aspects of early years learning with a focus on communication.

With a passion for communication and a keen interest in supporting those who have more difficulty making sense of their environment and expressing themselves. Everyone should have the opportunity to contribute and express themselves confidently.

I feel privileged to be learning from and supporting this fantastic teaching team to enable our tamariki to grow into happy and confident individuals.