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Meet our fabulous teaching team


 Purdey Cheeseman

Centre Supervisor

Kia Ora. I'm Purdey, the Supervisor at the Flanshaw Infant and Toddler Centre. I have been in the position of Supervisor since we opened in May 2008. It is a role that I continue to enjoy and I feel very lucky to work with such a committed and inspiring team of teachers.

My practice is strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach in which I view children as strong, competent and capable people, rich with wonder and knowledge. I believe that a childs curiosity drives their interest to understand the world and their place within it. I value the environment as the third teacher and enjoy preparing beautiful and aesthetically pleasing environments that support relationships and communication. A place where children and their families feel welcomed, safe, and feel a sense of belonging is fundamental to my personal philosophy.

I was born and raised in West Auckland where I continue to live with my partner David and two children Luke and Taylah. We enjoy spending time with each other and taking our children to their out-of-school activities. We have 3 pets named Louie the cat and Lola and Lucy are our beloved dogs.

I look forward to meeting you.


Abigail Strange

Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora, I am Abigail I am one of the qualified teachers at Flanshaw Infant and Toddler Centre.  

I have completed my Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood education). I am currently provisionally registered and hold a current first aid certificate.  Here at Flanshaw I am the key teacher for the transition programme, which supports our older children who are moving on to the preschool. 

I am very passionate about teaching, with a particular interest in children's social and emotional development. I believe that secure attachments, a supportive learning environment and responsive approaches to teaching foster children's learning and development. 

I grew up in West Auckland and continue to live in Te Atatu with my husband and two children.  We enjoy spending time with our family and friends, cooking and exploring the great outdoors. 

I look forward to getting to know you and your whanau. 






 Shannon Rowe

Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora, I am Shannon, one of the qualified teachers here at Flanshaw Infant and Toddler Centre.  

I studied for three years at Unitec and completed my Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood education) at the end of 2013. I am currently completing my teacher registration.   I am very passionate about teaching and believe the first five years of a child's life are the most valuable. 

I grew up in West Auckland and continue to live in Henderson with my fiance and two cats. We enjoy spending time with our family and friends and travelling the world.

I look forward to getting to know you and your whanau.


Kim Walker

Qualified Teacher 

Kia Ora. My name is Kim and you will find me in our Infant space at the centre where I am considered a key carer for the little people who attend. I have a passion for babies and believe in the importance of attachments. In order for children to thrive in an environment, they need to feel safe and secure and know their needs will be met by a familiar person to them. Here at Flanshaw Infant and Toddler Centre that person is me along with my colleague Michelle Dacosta.

I have worked at the centre since the day we opened in May 2008. I hold my Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and am also a fully registered teacher.

I am married to Mike and have three children and four grandsons. My hobbies include sailing, reborn dolls and more recently go karting with one of my grandsons.


Kylie Douglas

Qualified Teacher

Hey! Im Kylie.

I have always had a love for children. It is a privlidge to be able to nurture a child in their early childhood years. I chose to study at Unitec and become an early childhood educator straight out of high school.

I draw much of my inspiration for teaching through the Reggio Emilia approach, an Italian model of teaching that promotes respectful care of children, the environment set up as 'thrid teacher' and that the child is powerful and equipped ready to discover this amazing world.

I have been married to my husband Reuben for 10 years and we have 3 darling babies of our own, Harley, Jesse and Xanthe. We have built a home in the Waitakere Ranges nestled amongst the trees. We love life and outdoor adventures. I have my 1 year old daughter Xanthe here with me at Flanshaw Infant and Toddler Centre. We love it here and hope you do too!!


Michelle Hill

Qualified Teacher

Kia ora koutou.  My name is Michelle Hill.  I am a member of a large extended family.  I grew up in West Auckland.  I am ‘Mum’ to my two adult daughters and ‘Nanna’ to my three grandsons, and two granddaughters. 

I studied at the University of Auckland.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics (completed 2008).  I enjoyed exploring some interest papers in Māori studies (2009).  I finished my Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) in 2012. 

I believe that relationships are important keys to the learning of ngā tamariki.  Therefore I consider it vital to work towards building strong, respectful, and reciprocal relationships with all tamariki, and their whānau.  It is also important to support ngā tamariki as they build relationships with their peers, other teachers, our centre environment and the whanaungatanga/community and outside environment

I am enjoying getting to know everyone here in the Flanshaw whānau and whanaungatanga.


Michelle Dacosta


Kia Ora! My name is Michelle Dacosta.

I have been in the early childhood industry for a number of years now and began relieving work at Flanshaw Infants in March 2014. I have a special interest in the care and development of infants so was delighted to be offered a full time position working collaboratively with Kim in the Infant space.

I am engaged to be married to my partner in February 2015.  Together we have two wonderful little boys, Lucas and Ryan. In my spare time, I enjoy cross stitch, reborn dolls, fishing and reading.