Meet Our Team

Our Management Team

Emma Blake (Patumahoe & Karaka)

Emma is the MANAGER at Farmhouse Preschool. She is a fully qualified and registered teacher. Emma joined the team in 2020.


Tena koe, I have been an early childhood teacher since the day I turned 17. Over the years I have worked in different centres and with varying age groups. I have been a teacher, head teacher, centre manager, ECE lecturer and early childhood consultant, I even spent some time teaching in a new entrant classroom.

I live in Mangatawhiri with my husband Sam and my two children Lily and George. I also have two mischievous Hungarian Vizsla dogs named Fern and Beaudy. I love fishing and op shopping and my home away from home is Koh Samui, Thailand which is where I will be visiting as soon as I can!

Please come to see us here at Farmhouse Preschool, we would love to meet you. 

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Sharon Dalziel (Patumahoe)

Sharon is a fully qualified ECE Teacher, she is our HEAD TEACHER at Farmhouse Preschool Patumahoe. Sharon has been part of our team since 2014.

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Jo van der Gulik (Karaka)

Jo is a fully qualified teacher, she is HEAD TEACHER at Farmhouse Karaka. Kia Ora, my teaching career started here at Farmhouse Preschool in 2014, this was my first teaching job after graduating from my Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Years 0-8 years old at Massey University. Through this qualification I have the knowledge and ability to teach children in Early Childhood through to 8 years old, meaning I have a great understanding of what children need to be ready for school. I have experience teaching both in a centre environment, as a Home-based educator and Home-based Co-ordinator. I have a son, Jaxon who joins me at Preschool.

I am passionate about the outdoors environment as I grew up on a farm in Patumahoe spending my childhood outdoors. Having my own child I have realised the importance of nurturing children to support their development to become resilient, independent explorers who are curious about the world around them.

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Odette Loosemore (Karaka & Patumahoe)

Odette is our ACCOUNTS ADMINISTRATOR she handles all our enrolments and accounts enquiries. Odette lives in Waiuku with her husband and three daughters. Odette works part-time at Farmhouse Preschool and is available - Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-4pm. She joined the team in 2013.

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Our Teachers

Courtney McDonald (Patumahoe)

Kia ora! My name is Courtney and I joined the Farmhouse Patumahoe team in early 2017. I strive to bring aroha, respect and warm-heartedness through authentic relationships with tamariki and their whānau. I love interacting with our preschool animals and the natural environment that comes with being in a rural lifestyle setting. I am passionate about creating a space for children that nurtures creativity, resilience and confidence in ones-self to give things a go.

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Akane Yamauchi (Patumahoe)

I come from Japan and my hometown is Shiga. There is a big lake in Shiga and it is surrounded by nature. I came to New Zealand in 2010, and completed Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) in 2015. I am married to Taishi, and moved to Waiuku in 2017. I like to spend spare time going for a walk, taking photographs, playing and listening to music and making crafts. I believe it is important to build respectful, warm and trust relationships with individual child and parents and Whanau.

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Anita Wilson (Patumahoe)

Kia ora, ko Anita tōku ingoa. Hello, my name is Anita. The tamariki (children) call me whaea Anita. I am a fully qualified teacher and started working at Farmhouse Patumahoe as a student in March 2017. I have enjoyed working with many tamariki in my time here and value relationships based on Manaakitanga, aroha (love) and kindness . I feel strongly about respectful teaching practices where the tamariki are agents over their own learning. I really enjoy letting the tamariki take the lead and supporting them on their learning journey. I feel a strong sense of belonging to Farmhouse Patumahoe and I love working here. I believe it is important to foster this sense of belonging with the tamariki so preschool is like a second home to them. I enjoy making learning fun and seeing the tamariki challenge themselves to become confident individuals. I love meeting new people and building relationships with whānau. I am passionate about our bicultural curriculum and love speaking te reo Māori with the tamariki.

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Sarah Gault (Karaka)

Kia-ora Everyone

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been an early childhood teacher for nearly 30 years now and I live in Ellerslie. I have a strong passion for horses and music. I own two horses which I keep just down the road from Farmhouse. I am a country girl at heart, so the philosophy at Farmhouse really fits with me. I love cooking and entertaining and enjoying life to the fullest.

Over the years I have discovered that children’s interests and strengths are really diverse and differ from one child to the next. I believe it is really important to meet the needs and follow the interests of your children. I have found they will gain a passion for learning if it’s something that they love and enjoy doing. It is my job as a teacher to recognise these interests, and offer fun and stimulating learning experiences for your children. In doing this I hope to meet both your learning aspirations for your child and also their needs as an ever evolving learner.  

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Rhian Robinson (Karaka & Patumahoe)

Kia Ora whanau!

My name is Rhian and I currently live in Clark’s beach with my family!  After leaving school in 2014 I began my career as an early childhood teacher and quickly found my passion. I joined the Farmhouse family in 2018 as a student teacher and completed my qualifications in 2019! I am now qualified and registered. I am lucky enough to work across both Patumahoe and Karaka farmhouse centres part time. I value respect, kindness and Aroha and strive to display these everyday in my interactions with children. I believe that children grow and develop when they have a strong foundation of trusting relationships with the people in their lives. I develop these relationships through open conversation, respectful interactions and lots of hugs. As capable individuals, I believe that children need the support and space to explore and make sense of their world. Here at Farmhouse, we provide a safe environment for this necessary exploration. I look forward to meeting you and your whanau!

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Lucy Muir (Karaka)

Lucy is a fully qualified Early Childhood teacher who grew up in Pokeno but now resides in Pukekohe. Lucy’s desire as an educator it to provide learning opportunities where children gain sufficient knowledge that helps shape them into competent, healthy and skilful members of society.

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Keely Wright (Karaka & Patumahoe)

Keely is a fully qualified and registered teacher working across both centres. She is an educator who believes that when children develop an enthusiasm for learning and social competence through genuine warm and caring relationships.

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Nina Gordon Peters (Karaka)

I grew up in Northland and prior to making Franklin my home, spent many years living overseas and travelling as much as I possibly could! I now live in Pukekohe with husband Chris and my children, Kitty and Byron. One of our favourite things to do is to take road-trips together and explore our beautiful country. I adore working with young children and believe that when our youngest people know that they are truly valued and their interests are supported in an encouraging environment, they will thrive.

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Sian Mobley

Sian is currently on Maternity Leave and will return at the end of 2020.


Sian is a fully qualified ECE teacher who moved up to the Franklin region from Papamoa Beach. Sian is enthusiastic about following children’s spontaneous interest’s with the help of their individual lenses and expertise.

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