Our Team

Our Team

Our fully qualified and registered teachers enable us to provide exceptional care and excellence in pre-school education. With constant training and enrichment programmes, both nationally and internationally, our teachers have a combined teaching experience of over 100 years between them.

Our teaching team includes teachers who have taught in both primary and early childhood education settings, resulting in us having a diverse skill set, which greatly benefits our children.

Many of our dedicated team of teachers, have been with us since our founding years, and continue to foster nurturing relationships with our children and their families.

Our teachers choose to teach here because they work in an environment that offers excellent child to teacher ratios, a well resourced purpose built Centre, and ongoing professional development and training.

Our teachers are selected through a careful interview procedure, recognising their personal qualities of warmth, empathy and sensitivity to children, as well as their qualifications, experience in teaching and child management practices.

We warmly welcome you to come and visit us here at Red Beach Early Learning Centre, and experience our unique environment for yourselves.

Danny (Danella) Climo

- Centre Manager and Teacher

Tena ra tatou katoa.
Danny (Danella) Climo hails originally from Whangarei. With a rich cultural background of both Maori and English from her parents and extended whanau. Danny now lives in Wainui with her husband and young son. Danny is an experienced and fully qualified early childhood teacher, and holds the Head Teacher position here at the Red Beach Early Learning Centre. Whilst Danny enjoys working alongside the children, she also leads professional development programmes for her team of teachers in the following areas: teacher registration, policy, review, curriculum planning and development. With continued commitment to her own learning, Danny places high emphasis on her professional growth and development, and continues to enhance her tertiary education qualifications.

Danny strives to bring a sense of ora (wellness) into our centre community. Danny places a high emphasis on warm reciprocal relationships with her colleagues, children and families. This enables her to facilitate a positive learning experience for all, within our safe centre environment.


Lisa Taylor

- Teacher

Lisa Taylor has had a passion for teaching since a very young age. She gained her teaching qualification straight out of high school, and has travelled and taught overseas. Upon returning to New Zealand, Lisa undertook further studies in the primary sector and spent 5 years teaching early primary. Lisa is a mum to 2 happy kids and took a break from full time teaching to raise her family. When the Red Beach Early Learning Centre was highly recommended to Lisa by an upstanding Auckland academic lecturer, she enrolled her children to attend. Lisa subsequently accepted a teaching position, and has been a valued member of our teaching team for the past eight years.

Lisa says ‘I firmly believe that quality Early Childhood Education paves the way for a child to have a firm foundation in their future learning


Janet Holdaway

- Teacher

Janet Holdaway trained and taught as a kindergarten teacher before starting her family and enjoying life in the countryside of Wainui. Janet was involved in the local playgroup, contributed to the pre-school committee and opened her home to children who required care through the Barnardos system. Once Janet’s children were a little older, she felt ready to extend her teaching skills away from her home life and into Special Education Services. This allowed Janet to work one on one with children who required extra help in their pre-school situations. It was during this time, that she decided to take a teaching position that she has held for the past 17 years.

"It is a privilege to work with children, to nurture their interests, and to be able to give them opportunities to develop as well rounded individuals who are ready for future learning and success.”


Debbie Kruger

- Teacher

Debbie Kruger is a mum to three daughters. She has been heavily involved in her children’s education, and was a class volunteer for many years before deciding to home school them for 3 years. Once Debbie and her family relocated from South Africa to New Zealand, she applied to study a Bachelor of Teaching - Early Childhood Education. This qualification required a certain amount of practical hours to be completed, which the Red Beach Early Learning Centre offered to her. On completion of her degree in 2014, Cathy was delighted to bring Debbie on board as one of our fulltime teachers.

Debbie prides herself on teaching in an environment that accepts and encourages similar values to those she has always embodied in her personal approach, namely respect, empathy and courtesy to all.