Meet the Teachers | Piccolo Preschool New Plymouth


Sara Greensill-Van Prehn

Teacher, Director & Owner


Tena koutou, katoa

Ko Taranaki toku maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko tokomaru te waka
No Omata ahau
Ko Sara Greensill-van Prehn toku ingoa

Sara Greensill-van Prehn has spent the past 24 years in the early childhood sector in a number of capacities. Sara has taught, set up home-based in Auckland, worked for the Ministry of Education as a contractor and employee before returning to her home town of Taranaki. Since her return, she has been involved in and currently is a Lecturer for the Unversity of Canterbury.

Sara originally undertook her Diploma of Teaching (ECE) at the Auckland College of Education and completed her Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland. Just before her son was born, she completed her Masters in Education.

Sara has a passion for children’s environments and for implementing a programme that supports the needs of the various ages of the children that attend, as well as providing an environment that is conducive to learning through calm, deliberate and conscious teaching. Sara believes that this is all possible through the influence of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

Sara enjoys cooking, sports and the beach and enjoys all of these more with the help of her 9 year old son.

Melissa Crow

Manager, Senior Teacher

Tena Koe

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waitara te awa
Ko tokomaru te waka
Ko Te Atiawa te iwi
No Oakura ahau
Ko Melissa Crow toku ingoa

Melissa has a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) with 15 years of experience in teaching, leading teams and management in early childhood education.

Melissa believes that all children are capable and competent learners, and this is reflected in all aspects of her interactions with children and the environment within which they learn.

Melissa has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys growing and cultivating her own food and exploring new and wonderful places with her 8 year old daughter.

Aimee Wisnewski

Head Teacher


Tena koutou, katoa

Ko Taranaki te maunga 
Ko Puniwhakau te awa 
Ko Tokomaru te waka 
Ko Ngati Mutunga te iwi 
No New Plymouth ahau 
Ko Aimee Wisnewski toku ingoa

Aimee brings to Piccolo a vast number of qualities that she shares with the teaching team and tamariki.  These include  innovativion, nurturing, positivity, inspiriation, engagement, creativity, fun, dedication and trustworthiness.

Aimme has been teaching in kindergartens around New Plymouth for over 15 years.  She is an enthusiastic, innovative and passionate teacher whom embraces children's strengths, aspirations, needs and interests. Aimee strongly believes that children learn best in an environment where they feel safe, secure, nurtured and valued, and believes that all children are strong, competent and capable individuals whom are full of wonder and curiosity to learn. All children have a natural drive that makes them want to understand and know about the world around them and how this world relates to them. 
Aimee and her husband have two spirited, gorgeous young girls who either keep them young or make them feel very old! Aimee comes from a big family so our weekends are very much their special family time together.

Aimee looks forward to meeting you all and learning with and alongside your children.

Rosie Lindsay


Kia Ora,

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Patea te awa
Ko Redeemer Church te iwi
No Stratford ahau
Ko Rosie toku ingoa

Rosie graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Diploma of Teaching in Primary. Rosie has returned home to Taranaki with her husband to share her immense skills and passion for children.

Rosie has a passion for working with children, especially their development of:
• Social skills
• Independence
• Challenging themselves
• Inquiry
• Child led learning
• Supporting children to be active participants in their own learning

Rosie has a wide range of interests including arts and craft, and food and cooking of which she is very skilled at. Creativity comes very naturally to Rosie and she always shares her great ideas!

Evan Chadwick



Kia-ora koutou

Ko Evan Chadwick toku ingoa

No Heretaunga ahau

Evan comes to the team with a Degree in Adventure Recreation and Outdoor Education from Christchurch Polytechnic and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching Early childhood from Massey University.

Helping set up an early childhood programme in refugee camps was the stimulus to study early childhood education and his various overseas experience has helped shape his teaching philosophy. Evan likes to encourage children and families to be active and is passionate about using the outdoors as a medium for teaching and learning. 

He has recently returned to New Zealand from teaching in London and is new to the Taranaki area but is enjoying the surf, the wild storms and the friendly locals.

Shelley Prestney



Tena koutou, katoa

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waiwakaio te awa
No New Plymouth ahau
Ko Shelley Prestney toku ingoa
Shelley Prestney has recently completed her studies at the University of Canterbury and joins the Piccolo team as a new graduate. Prior to studying early childhood education, Shelley travelled and spent many years living and teaching English in Turkey, Indonesia and Thailand.

Shelley undertook her Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) at the University of Canterbury.

Shelley has a passion for music and dance. She establishes very respectful and trusting relationships with children.

Shelley enjoys riding her motorbike and being in the outdoors. She believes that we are spoilt with choice in Taranaki with the things we can do – the mountain and sea.. Shelley looks forward to working with you and your children. 

Emily Terrill



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Emily Terrill has recently joined our team after enjoying several years to raise her boys Nathan and Brendan.

Emily completed her Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and continued on to complete her Bachelors degree in ECE.

Emily’s passion is around animals. She lives on a farmlet where she breeds dogs and is able to indulge in her passion for horses.

Emily has a passion for the environment and in particular using the environment as the third teacher.
Emily looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the tamariki and learning from them as well.

Tristan Barraclough



Ko Taranaki te maunga

Ko Huatoki te awa

Ko Valerie Barraclough tōku hoa rangatira tane

Ko Maximilian (6) rāua ko Frederick (2) āku tama

No Ngāmotu ahau

Kei Westown toku kainga

Ko Tristan Barraclough tōku ingoa

Kia ora!

Tristan is currently in the final year of his Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) at the University of Canterbury. Tristan grew up in Taranaki and later spent a decade living in the United Kingdom. Tristan returned to Ngāmotu three years ago with his amazing wife Valerie and Maximilian. 

Tristan is very excited to have the chance to engage with all the whānau and tamariki that call Piccolo Preschool ‘our place’. Tristan is aware of the importance of a safe, respectful and caring environment for your tamariki. It is what I would expect for my tama and it is what I will provide for your tamariki.
With your support and that of the team at Piccolo, Tristan believes that he can become a better kaiako, learner and individual.

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

Rochelle Fontaine



Kia ora koutou e te whanau

Ko Kahuranki te maunga
Ho Ngaruroro te awa
Ko Chris Fontaine taku tane
Ko Lyrissa raua Jordan maua tamariki
No Heretaunga ahau
Kei Ngamotu toku kainga
Ko Rochelle Fontaine toku ingoa

Rochelle is in here final semester of her Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) at the University of Canterbury. Rochelle is from Hastings, Hawkes Bay, and moved to Taranaki with her husband and two children. Rochelle’s children continue to inspire her to see the world through the eyes of the young.

Rochelle looks forward to continuing to learn alongside your children at Piccolo Preschool. She believes children come with knowledge that should be respected and listened to. She is aware and inspired by the way children view and explore the world around them.

Rochelle loves to wonder and learn alongside your tamariki. Showing children they are valued and respected through the way she engages and nurtures their holistic development.

Lucia Shotter

Teacher Support


Kia ora

My name is Lucia Shotter, and I am Teacher Support at Piccolo Preschool.

I have been at Piccolo Preschool for 2 years and enjoy supporting the teachers and working with the children.

I am married to Troy and have two beautiful children – Alayna who is 6 years old and step daughter Ella who is 8 years old.

We live in New Plymouth and I enjoy baking beautiful cakes.

I look forward to meeting you when you visit us at Piccolo Preschool.

Ashleigh Allen

Preschool Cook Extraordinaire


Kia ora

My name is Ashleigh Allen, and I am the Preschool Cook Extraordinaire at Piccolo Preschool.

I have recently joined the team here, but have had extensive experience working as a chef at a local restaurant and bar in New Plymouth.

I qualified with a Certificate in Culinary Arts from WITT.

I am passionate about nutrition, and look forward to making a difference to the nutrition of children at Piccolo Preschool through interesting and tasty food.

My partner Tom and I are competitive pool players and often play in competitions.

I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child’s nutritional needs.