Ki Mansell

Ki Mansell

I'm a Canadian born Kiwi guy. I have a few passions in my life, the first of which is teaching. After finishing my degree in Computer Science, I moved to Taiwan and taught English. It was a fantastic time of my life. I meet new people, and discovered how amazing teaching can be. I was teaching a huge range of children aged 3 to 16 years old.

Once I returned to New Zealand, I got a job at a local preschool covering breaks and non contacts four days a week while spending one day a week working towards a post graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education.

By the time I finished my Post Grad. Diploma, I got a job at a small independant preschool, Pipi's Preschool. I was hired as the Head Teacher for the Over 2's area and was going to move into the Supervisor position over time. We had a fantastic team of teachers and I was extremely happy with my career.

Unfortunately, the Christchurch earthquake resulted in the centre being red zoned and I found myself out of a job. After working with such a wonderful team of teachers at a centre which also closely match my personal teaching philosophy, I knew I wanted to take my time finding another centre that would stack up to my Pipi's Preschool. I took on a full time relieving position at Kidsfirst Kindergartens to keep my income coming in while I looked around for another permanent position.

After six months relieving, I found a small privately own preschool, Little Explorers, with a free play teaching philosophy and a strong close knit teaching team. I was offered a double maternity leave contract for a year in the supervisor position. After my year contract I was offered a full time position to stay on as the supervisor, and thats where I am today. I love my centre and more importantly I love my teaching team.

Work History

Work History

Little Explorers Preschool April 2012 - Present


Teaching in over 2′s area.
Teaching in under 2's area.
Working with staff to organize program planning.
Creating weekly staff rosters.
Managing the pre-school’s waiting list.
Organizing and running family evenings.
Invoicing parents.

Kids First - Aranui Learning Centre July 2011 — March 2012

Long Term Reliever

Teaching in over 2′s area.
I started relieving at Aranui Learning Centre while waiting for Pipi's Preschool to reopen after the earthquake. Unfortunately Pipi's was Red Zoned and never re-opened so, I stop relieving and found another permanent position.

Pipi's Pre-school Nov 2009 — June 2011

Preschool Teacher / Head Teacher / Supervisor

Teaching in over 2′s area.
Working with Over 2′s staff to organize program planning and day structure.
Introducing Peace Education.
Creating weekly staff rosters.
Managing the pre-school’s waiting list.
Creating advertising pamphlets.

Lollipops Educare Jan 2009 — Nov 2009

Preschool Teacher

Teaching in over 2′s preschool room.
Teaching Reggio Emilia Style Project Approach.
Fund raising for center.
Introduction of sustainable practices (worm farm, vegetable garden).

ABC Aidanfield Jan 2007 — Dec 2008

Preschool Teacher Relief

Covering teachers while on non-contact and on breaks.

Hess International Language School Nov 2004 — Aug 2006

EFL Teacher

Teaching Kindergarten – 1 Class, 21 3-5 year olds per week.
Teaching After School Classes – 10 Classes, 200+ 6-16 year olds per week.
Running Open Days.
Performing on company videos for new teachers.



Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education

College of Education, University of Canterbury Feb 2008 — Nov 2009

Certificate in TEFL

Hess International Language Schools Nov 2004 — Nov 2005

Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science

University of Canterbury Feb 2000 — Nov 2002



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Unit 1 602 Hereford St

Linwood 8011