Meet our team

Maree and Symon- Owners

Qualified and registered. First aid  certified.
Maree and Symon have been in the education sector for 20 + years. Symon is a teacher at Nelson College for Girls and Maree has been preschool teaching for 24 years. They have 2 girls Lilly (14) who is in year 10 at Girls College and Rosie (10) who is at Enner Glynn Primary School. Both girls love their sports and play touch, netball, volleyball and competitive swimmers. Maree and Sy are both passionate about what they do and are doing what they can to ensure Learning Land is a safe and caring environment that fosters respectful social competence. 

Jemma- Manager

Qualified and registered. First aid  certified.
Jem has been a teacher at Busy Bees for the past 12 years and 5 years ago stepped into a Leadership role. Jemma has years of experience and is extremely passionate and proactive about everything she does, and is kept busy in her spare time with her precious pets. Jemma oozes enthusiasm and has strong respectful relationships with everyone.

Mandy- Curriculum Leader

Qualified and registered. First aid  certified.
Mandy has been working at Learning Land since 2007. She is qualified as a Montessori Directress in 1996 and then achieved my Bachelor of Primary Education (Early Childhood) through the University of South Africa in 2002. Mandy believes all tamariki deserve to feel the right to be nurtured, loved and respected. She believe we learn and retain learning best when we feel secure, are enjoying our time and are eager to learn more. Each day Mandy strives to instill a love of learning, guiding the children to a positive learning disposition, which they can rely on throughout their lives.


Qualified and registered. First aid  certified.
Willow completed her Bachelor of Education (ECE, Specialty Montessori) in 2004. In education she is passionate about helping children develop independence, respect, literacy and growing authentic relationships with children and their whanau. Outside of work her passions are gardening, photography, cooking, preserving and finding vintage treasures at second hand stores.


For as long as Ruby can remember, She has always wanted to work with children. At the end of 2021, she finally tookthe leap and started volunteer work at Busy Bee’s, before being welcomed intothe Learning Land whanau. This year she will start her ECE study and is soexcited to get the ball rolling on her dream career! She absolutely loves childrenand can’t wait to be a part of the present and future students time here atLearning Land.

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