Four Seasons Kindergarten

Our Teachers

We have four teachers who work on a rotational basis within our kindergarten.  At any given time, you will find three teachers working in the kindergarten, whilst another teacher is embarking on professional development, non contact time, documenting the journey of our kindergarten children or on a holiday for replenishment.  All of our teaching team are either fully or provisionally registered ECE teachers.  Fenella holds a Diploma in NZ Steiner ECE.  Retha has the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner ECE and has embarked on completing her Diploma to be completed in 2017.  Traceylee is nearing the completion of her Certificate in Rudolf Steiner ECE.  Laurie and Eddy have begun their Diploma in Rudolf Steiner ECE, this is a three year journey for a teacher.

In the photo above, left to right: Eddy, Laurie, Fenella and Traceylee with Retha in the front.

Fenella tinworth

Fenella is our head teacher.  Fenella's Steiner journey began in a kindergarten at the age of 3 and continued thoughout her teenage years at Michael Park Steiner School in Auckland.  Embarking forth with a love of education, Fenella completed a Bachelor of Education and was a primary school teacher prior to having children.

It was Fenella's drive and vision that saw the Four Seasons Kindergarten become a reality.  Making the opening of our kindergarten a goal, Fenella completed her Diploma in ECE and also holds the New Zealand Steiner Teaching Early Childhood Diploma.

Fenella is currently on a leave of absence, travelling the world with her family.  We'll look forward to Fenella's return in October 2017.

Laurie Newman

Laurie Newman joined the kindergarten in February 2016 after spending a month on a teaching practicum with us during the year prior.  When we expanded our capacity at Four Seasons Kindergarten bringing about the need for another teacher, we knew that Laurie was the perfect person to join our team.  Graduating with her Diploma in Education ECE in 2016 and currently working on her Diploma Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood, we love how Laurie brings a wonderful energy and enthusiasm to our kindergarten.


Retha joined our kindergarten team in 2012, coming from Taupo Childrens Corner.  A love of children and wanting to immerse herself into the world of Steiner education, Retha has been a welcomed addition to the Four Seasons community.  Retha completed her New Zealand Steiner Teaching Early Childhood Certificate in 2015 and is a qualified ECE teacher.  We look forward to celebrating Retha completing her Diploma Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood in October this year.

Edward (Eddy) perry

Eddy spent 10 weeks with us on a practicum as part of his studies at Auckland University of Technology in 2016.  As soon as he had completed his degree; Bachelor of Education (ECE) with a special interest in Rudolf Steiner, we knew he was just the perfect person to join our team at Four Seasons Kindergarten so we offered him a role as one of our teaching team.

Spending his own childhood in Taupo it was a natural choice to return to his home town and begin his teaching career with us.  Having a male amongst our team brings great balance and the children warm to his calm manner and warm sense of being.

Eddy is currently undertaking the commitment to obtain the Diploma in Rudolf Steiner ECE.

april smith

We commonly refer to April as our kindergarten fairy godmother.  It was April's vision to build a Steiner community in Taupo when her children were small.  Coming from a background rich in Steiner philosophy, having worked in many Steiner/Walforf education and childcare environments, we embrace April into our kindergarten on a weekly basis as a volunteer and you'll find April working her magic upstairs in the kindy home sometimes on a Monday or Wednesday morning at our playgroup for under 3's.

Traceylee (Tlee) Hooton

Traceylee is our Kindergarten Administration Manager.  She manages our accounts, answers the phone, dispenses hugs and plasters when needed.   Helping out in the kitchen, preparing the daily lunch meal and also introducing new families to our kindergarten, if you email or phone the kindy, chances are that you'll chat to Tlee.

Emily Bristow

With Fenella heading on adventures overseas, we had a space for a teacher to join our team for 6 months.  Having studied with Emily at Taruna, the centre for Rudolf Steiner Adult Education in Hawkes Bay, the team knew that Emily would be a perfect fit for our community.  Emily brings with her a wealth of experience having worked in some beautiful early childhood centres around NZ.  Along with Eddy and Laurie, Emily is working towards her Diploma Rudolf Steiner ECE.

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