Our team

‘The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.’

(William Shakespeare)

We are a small, committed team, who truly love what we do and love being part of this special community.  Working together since 2011, we have developed a gentle and cohesive approach to supporting children as they explore their world.  We feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of each child.

Rebecca Miller – Head Teacher


Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
Bachelor of Arts (Education)

Rebecca is an experienced teacher, who has worked in both the primary and early childhood education sectors. She enjoys getting to know each child, finding out what motivates and inspires them. Rebecca believes that young children learn best when they feel heard and understood, so she strives to ensure the Preschool environment is a place in which each child is listened to, responded to with empathy and acknowledged for their strengths and contributions.

Toni Fraser - Teacher


Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History

Toni believes children thrive in warm, home-like environments, where teachers form genuine relationships with tamariki and their families. Ako guide’s her practice and she learns as much from children as they learn from her. Every day she is surprised by their competence, kindness, empathy and understanding. Toni worked in policy before retraining as a teacher in 2016. She is interested in gardening and nature, the relationship between movement and thinking, and celebrating the diverse cultures of New Zealand.

Chrissy Cook - Teacher


Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood), University of Waikato (2005)
Te Reo Maori Level two, Te Wananga o Aotearoa (2013)
Certificate in Refugee Resettlement Support, NZQA accredited, 
Refugee Services (2011)

Chrissy is an experienced Early Childhood teacher who has taught both here and in Hamilton where she grew up.
She loves to celebrate the joy in each child by getting to know the family and culture the child grows and learns in. It is very important to Chrissy to be part of a learning community where children are deeply valued and supported to become fully themselves in a very holistic way. Chrissy also has a deep commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how these are applied in the ways we care for each other and our whenua.

Wei Zhuge – Teacher (Part time)


Masters of Education
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bachelor of Arts (Education)

Languages spoken:

Mandarin, English

Wei has over 10 years teaching experience and is passionate about young children’s learning. She believes that all children are capable of learning and parents are crucial partners in their learning environment. It’s essential to provide children with a safe, warm and supportive environment and to build responsive and reciprocal relationships with each child.

Angela Siaosi – Teacher

Languages spoken:

English, Samoan

Angela has been teaching at Mt Cook Preschool for more than ten years now, sharing her cultural background and creativity with the children and staff. She is passionate about every child’s development and enjoys seeing each child grow and their strengths develop. She values the support of the teaching team and the knitting of their strengths make Preschool a rewarding place to be a part of.

Lynne Bremner – Administration Manager


Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Computing)
Diploma in Recreation

Lynne’s passion for supporting Not for Profit organisations and Charities has led to a long association with Mt Cook Preschool which has lasted over fifteen years. By undertaking most of the non-curricular paperwork that keeps the centre ticking along, Lynne supports the teaching team to do what they do best. Lynne is in the office on Thursdays, feel free to call in and have a chat.

We'd love to meet you and your child to answer any questions you may have. Call or email us to make a time to chat.