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Our Staff

Helen Davison

I have been enjoying teaching at Gumboots for a number of years along with experience in other centres and took on the role of supervisor in 2018. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Literature and History, Postgraduate Diploma of Management Studies and am a fully registered teacher. I am proud to be part of the team of wonderful teachers and families in our unique, rural character centre and am passionate about the nurturing, creative and empowering environment that we create for our children here. Outside of work I have a local lifestyle block with my husband and two children. Some of the things I enjoy doing include hanging out with my family and dogs, yoga and socialising with friends. I am also a chocoholic.

Lindsay Averill

I have been teaching here for a number of years. I have a Diploma of Teaching and I am a fully registered teacher. I have many years of early childhood experience both here and in the UK. I married a Kiwi and live on a farm with 3 children. At Gumboots one of the places I enjoy spending time with the children is outdoors, playing and learning together, listening to and respecting children's ideas and preferences. The outdoors is where I ride both horses and bikes in my spare time.

Chelsea Agnew
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I have been teaching in Hawkes Bay for several years. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching and am fully registered. My passion is teaching children how to be independent and to do things for themselves. 

I like to squeeze in a run or a workout before starting the day at Gumboots. I am a cat lady and have a beautiful ragdoll cat and a golden Labrador who I take for a daily walk, actual more like he takes me for a walk! In the weekends I enjoy relaxing at our beach house in Waimarama. 

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