Teina Teachers

FOLASHADE DORCAS OLABIYI (SHADE)

Teina coordinator/Admin

Diploma in Montessori Teaching Philosophy
Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, majoring in Communication
Diploma in Public Relations 


Hi, my name is Folashade Dorcas Olabiyi (Shade). I am originally from Nigeria in West Africa, but moved to New Zealand in August 2011 after working in the United States of America in a Montessori School.

I have a Diploma in Montessori Teaching Philosophy for infants and toddlers. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, majoring in Communication and a diploma in Public Relations. I am a dedicated child advocate and guide. I believe in teamwork geared towards empowering the children through delivering a holistic education and enhancing children’s love for learning.

Sunhui | Teina Teacher

Lashika Fonseka

Teina Teacher

Diploma in Montessori Method of Teaching


Ayubowan, my name is Lashika Fonseka. I am from the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka. I am an  AMI Montessori  teacher and I graduated from Colombo Montessori Teacher Training Centre (American Montessori Internal). I have gained my teaching experience by working in several Montessori schools. I take pride in teaching children and enabling them to reach greater heights in their later lives. I believe that stimulating their creativity at a tender age will help them become innovative adults. I am delighted to be a part of the Tipu Team.

Livia De Mello

Teina Teacher

Grad Diploma (ECE)


Apa khabar, Kia ora and Greetings to you. My name is Livia and I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I had been blessed with opportunities to work in Singapore, South Korea and the United States prior to calling New Zealand my home.

Originally from the F&B industry, my passion to support the leaders of tomorrow, led me to obtain a Graduate’s Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I believe that your attitude determines your altitude in life, and I aspire to share this approach with our tamariki. Being a teacher, is as much a learning process as it is teaching, and I believe it is important to recognize that each child is unique and brings their own mana and background to the classroom.

I aspire to provide tamariki with the essential ingredients of tender love, positive guidance and utmost joy in learning, for them to grow as compassionate and practical individuals in their future.