Teina Teachers

FOLASHADE DORCAS OLABIYI (SHADE)

Teina coordinator/Admin

Diploma in Montessori Teaching Philosophy

Graduation Diploma in ECE

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 International). 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.