Kindergarten & Care

Hi my name is Michelle Mullins and I am the Head Teacher of the Senior Kindergarten.  I originate from Dannevirke and recently moved to Waipukurau with my three children.

My teaching career began in 2002 where I completed a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).  Before returning to Waipukurau I gained further teaching experience in an early childhood centre in Perth, Australia.

I believe that education should be a fun experience whereby children learn lifelong skills through their play in a safe and secure environment.

I strive to foster children's well-being and achieve this by building strong, reciprocal relationships with parents and whanau.




Hi my name is Rebecca Thomson.  I am married to Tony and we have two children Jonty and Mackenzie.  I have a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  I enjoy working with and alongside our tamariki and their whānau.  Every day is rewarding as I love the natural curiosity, innocence and spontaneity of our children as they take on different developmental challenges.  I believe that the learning environment is made up of strong foundations for our children.  These foundations start from the relationships, respect that we as teachers have for our families and children.  Relationships and respect is an important factor for our children, to feel safe and happy which encourages learning and curiosity.



My name is Demelza Stevenson.  I am from Gisborne and am married to a local man, Brett Stevenson and together we have two boys, Ethan and Korban.

I have a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  Through my teaching career I have come to believe that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful early childhood experience.  As your child’s teacher I share with parents/whānau and caregivers the responsibility for teaching your child.

I want children to be active learners, creative thinkers: to learn to make good choices, to work cooperatively and to be kind and responsible.  To achieve these attributes I believe emotional engagement is the key to all powerful learning.  That is why I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful experiences to my practice, valuing and celebrating your child’s love of learning.





Hi my name is Kelsy Mudgway. I was inspired to do this job working with children as I enjoy their company and learn from them as much as they learn from me.

In 2013 I completed The New Zealand Certificate in Nanny Education NCEA level five. I have been caring for children growing up as a teenager, and also travelled to Vietnam with a youth tour group as a volunteer caring for children in orphanages.

I grew up on a dairy farm in Pahiatua and I am as passionate about animals and country life as I am for childcare and whānau.

I enjoy working at Scallywaggs because it is a kind, caring, comfortable environment where we are a big family!