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.  




Emiko Utake

BTchLn; Grad dip (Education)  - Teacher

Konnichiwa / Kia Ora,

I am a registered teacher in this centre. I originally came from Japan and graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2009 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning ECE and I have recently upgraded my qualification with a postgraduate diploma in Education.  I have a genuine passion for infant and toddler care and education. Inclusive education is at the core of my philosophy in teaching and learning. I value individual difference and provide equitable learning opportunities and care which meet the individual children’s and families’ needs.





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. 

Rachael W 

BTchLn ECE - Teacher 

Kia ora, 

I am excited to join the BCP team this year after graduating from Canterbury Universtity in 2016.  As this is my first teaching position it will be great to learn alongside an experience teaching team. 

Key to my philosophy is forming positive relationships with families, tamariki and colleagues. Through engaging in rich conversations i believe I can provide a programme whereby children can feel safe, happy and enjoy the learning experience. 

Ko nga pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko nga tata, whakamua kia tina 

The potential for tomorrow, depends on what we do today. 


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.