Bishopdale Community Preschool
91 Breens Road
Christchurch 8051

Phone 03 359 7606

Staff Profiles

Sarah Straver

Sarah Straver
BTchLn, Grad Dip (Education) - Centre Manager

Kia Ora,

I have been the centre manager at Bishopdale preschool since 2004 and I have been proud to be part of its growth and development as a centre. I am passionate about providing quality early childhood care and education to our community and feel privileged to be working with a fantastic team of committed professional teachers and parent volunteers.

I graduated with my bachelor in teaching and learning ECE in 2000 from the University of Canterbury. Since then I have worked in both the private sector of early childhood education as a teacher and as a supervisor in other not-for-profit center's.

I have recently upgraded my qualification with a postgraduate diploma in Education and my current interest is assessment within the early childhood setting.

Ann Wingrove


BTchLn - Head Teacher 

My Focus as a Head Teacher is to maximize the collaborative relationships with parents, whānau and caregivers to ensure the best possible outcomes for their children.

I graduated in 2004 from Canterbury University with an early childhood teaching degree, and have been employed at Bishopdale Community preschool since 2007.

I am passionate about providing quality early childhood education to children, parents and families. In 2006 I became an associate teacher for Canterbury and Massey Universities, where I mentor student teachers. As a teaching centre for student teachers we can role model a quality learning experience that provides a solid foundation on which they can grow their careers.



Erin Roome

BTchLn - Teacher

Kia Ora,

I graduated from the University of Canterbury in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in ECE and prior to taking this position at BCP I have worked over the last 6 years in serveral preschool's relief teaching.  

As a recently graduated teacher I am looking forward to furthering my experineces and knowledge at Bishopdale Community Preschool.  I am passionate about using my musical skills to develop young children's language and believe that a strong partnership with parents/caregivers is very important to improving children's learning opportunities.  





BTchLn ECE  - Teacher




Graduate Diploma of teaching ECE and Bachelor of Speech and Language 

Kia Ora,

I joined the preschool teaching team in 2016 and have enjoyed getting to know everyone.  I completeda degree in Speech and language therapy at Canterbury University and then followed this up with a diploma in ECE from the New Zealand Teriary College. My previous teaching experience was in the private sector of early childhood and I am excited to be now working within this community service.   i hope to combine my knowledge of speech and language development and Early years to support all chldren's learning needs.  I strive to advocate for the whole family within my practice and respect children's individuallity.  I look forward to forming strong learning partnerships that will help to create tamariki that have a passion for learning. 



BTchLn ECE - Teacher 

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Rachel H

BTchln ECE, Grad Dip (Primary) - Teacher 

Hi there, my name is Rachel Hicks, I am from Wellington and have lived there for most of my life.  I studied at Victoria University and have a degree in Early Childhood Education and a graduate diploma in Primary teaching. 

I am very excited to join the Bishopdale Community Preschool team and be a part of this busy learning community.  I am a dedicated early childhood teacher, passionate about contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of young children.  I have a love of learning so I am well versed in learning theories and practices, and look forward to provide  exceptional quality teaching and care in an energetic team environment.