Our Team
Our Team

At Caterpillar Kids we maintain 80% of our teaching as Qualified and Registered to provide the highest quality teaching and learning for your child.  See our team of friendly professional teachers and support staff at Caterpillar Kids below.

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Whaea Anna

Owner/Manager

Registered Teacher

I’m Anna Millar, my family and I own Caterpillar Kids. 

 

Have a look at the bottom of this page to see my family.  We bought Caterpillar Kids (then Bright Stars) in 2016.  Before that I was a Primary School Teacher working with all year levels.  I am also a qualified ‘Reading Recovery’ teacher. 

 

I have 2 children Cole (born 2012) and Rosie (born 2014).  I enjoy spending time with my family especially at the beach and in my spare time I like to sew.

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Whaea Katerina

Registered Teacher

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Kia ora Whanau! My name is Katerina Woodside. 

I moved to New Zealand in 2003 and now live in Titirangi with my husband Dean, son Andrey, daughter Sofiya and our cat Phoebe. I have been a student of Early Childhood Education since 2005, and have a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (ECE) from the University of Auckland. I speak English and Russian, love reading, gardening, music, and travel. I love to learn and aim to continue to enhance my present academic, professional, and personal knowledge and skills. 

At the heart of my professional practice is a belief that every child is the driver of their own learning. Each child is born with a natural fascination with the world and a desire to learn everything about it. My role as a teacher is to make sure that each child learns at their own pace within an environment that is welcoming, secure, challenging, and fun to explore.

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Whaea Carolyn

Teacher

Mokamoka Room

Kia ora, I’m Carolyn Hoyles and I am originally from Sydney, Australia. I have been calling Aotearoa home since 2012 with my husband Jules and 2 children Harvey and Leila.

 

I have always been interested in working with children, originally studying ECE 0-12 years in Australia, then completing my Bachelor of Education ECE at Auckland University.  

 

I love the outdoors and will often be walking my dogs up one of the beautiful Maungas.

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Whaea Bella

Teacher

Kahuku Room

Kia Ora, my name is Bella and I'm from Hong Kong. 

I have a big family, including my mum, dad, sister, two brothers, one nephew and two nieces.  All of them are living in Hong Kong.  I completed my Bachelor degree in Teaching (ECE) from New Zealand Tertiary College in 2020. 

 

I believe children learn best when teachers build connections between their interests, families, cultures and learning experiences. I am passionate about providing children with a supportive, encouraging and stimulating learning environment where they can learn at their own pace.  

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Whaea Suzy

Teacher (on maternity leave)

Kahuku Room

Kia ora parents and whanau, my name is Suzy and I am a teacher aid at Caterpillar Kids.  

 

I have a wonderful son called Charlie who attends Primary School in the area.  We love spending our weekends traveling and exploring new playgrounds.  I love working with all the tamariki at Caterpillar Kids and creating exciting experiences for our children to learn through play.

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Whaea Helen

Head Teacher

Registered Teacher

I am a born and bred kiwi, growing up on a dairy farm in the Waikato with my family of 6.  I studied at Otago University completing a Bachelor of Commerce before realising that Early Childhood Education was calling my name.  I completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) from Auckland University in 2007.

 

I am passionate about creating strong, authentic relationships with children, families and teams and love the opportunity to really get to know children and the things that make them smile.  I am a strong advocate for the work of Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler which hold respectful relationships and authenticity at the core of their Approach. I support a RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance Class.

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Whaea Amy

Registered Teacher

Kahuku Room

Ko Aotearoa me Hōrana ngā whenua

Ko Ngāti Pākeha te iwi

Nō Tāmaki Makaurau ahau

Ko au tēnei, ko Amy taku ingoa

 

Kia ora tamariki and whānau, 

My name is Amy. I am New Zealand/Dutch and grew up in South Auckland. 

I like to get creative in the kitchen with my baking and love having music playing all the time. 

One of my favourite stories is ‘Kiwicorn’ by Kat Merewether. It reminds me that we are all unique and that being who we are is awesome!

My philosophy is one which seeks to empower tamariki and whānau on their learning journey, doing so with the knowledge that they are loved, accepted, valued and respected. 

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Whaea Gale

Teacher (on maternity leave)

Kahuku Room

Hello parents and families. 

I have been working in various ECE settings for the past ten years. I have worked with children and families of different cultural backgrounds throughout my years of teaching.  Children have an innate sense of curiosity and love for learning. As teachers, it is our job to support children’s development by providing fun and engaging experiences as well as creating a positive learning environment for them. I particularly enjoy linking children’s learning and interests with engaging arts and crafts, music, games, and experiential activities. I am a big animal lover; my family has 5 dogs and 3 cats back home in the Philippines.

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Whaea Laleeta

Teacher

Kahuku Room

Sawadee ka and hello whanau!

My name is Laleeta and I am of Thai and Scottish descent. I am also a first time mama to a beautiful little girl, Mali!

I believe in providing children with endless opportunities and environments where they are encouraged to inquire and make discoveries for themselves through play.

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Whaea Hong

Kitchen manager

Master Chef

Hi, I’m Hong Lo, I live in Ellerslie with my husband and 2 grown up daughters.

 

I have been working at Caterpillar Kids for 8 years and I cook morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the children and babies.

 

On the weekends I like to jog and go for hikes to enjoy New Zealand’s beautiful scenery.

Caterpillar Kids is a family owned business. Here is the family.

Anna and Cullum with their two children, Cole and Rosie.

Rob and Margaret, Anna's Mum and Dad. And Craig, Anna's brother.