Jolene Stadler

Tēnā koutou katoa,

My name is Jolene Stadler and I am the baby in the Buttercups Early Learning Centre teaching team at only 18 years of age. Born and raised in South Africa, my family and I immigrated to New Zealand in 2006 to start a life in the land of the long white cloud.

I discovered my love for teaching young children at a very young age. I have a brother who is 8 years younger than me, and through teaching him basic life skills on a day to day basis I found the teacher within myself. I believe that you cannot make someone a teacher - I believe that teachers are born as teachers. Straight out of high school I knew that I wanted to jump straight into studying, and there was nothing else that even crossed my mind except for Early Childhood teaching. Through my subjects in high school I gained a scholarship to study at Manukau Institute of Technology. I decided to put that scholarship towards my Bachelor in Early Childhood Education. Currently I am in my first year of studying and I have learnt so much in the field already thanks to my wonderful colleagues at Buttercups! My passion for working with children strengthens every day as I help to nurture their interests and watch them grow.

The Reggio Emilia approach that our centre is inspired by aligns very well with my teaching philosophy. I see children as ‘little scientists’ who are more than capable of leading the way to their own learning. I strongly value the environment as the third teacher, and I believe that children should experience an environment where their well-being is being nurtured and they are kept safe from harm as stated in Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.