Our teaching team

We are a team of skilled and responsive teachers who work well together and respect children as capable and competent learners. We are all qualified, registered and dedicated to early childhood education and have worked together as a team for a number of years. Michelle and Lorraine have been with the daycare centre since it opened.


The teaching team is committed to ongoing learning, especially about the arts, and visual arts in particular. We participate in regular professional development offered by recognised providers, and contribute to the professional development of other early childhood educators through conferences, seminars and workshops.

Michelle Johnston

Owner, Manager & Teacher

Hi and welcome to St Andrews Epsom! My whole career has focused on the education of young children in both the early childhood and primary sectors. I’ve also worked as a play specialist in the health sector. I love music and I’m also excited about the way the visual arts can support every area of learning. I have a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) .

Lorraine Andrewes


I am a talented and enthusiastic teacher with broad experience in early childhood education and the health sector as a play specialist. I bring strengths in the visual arts and general craziness! My qualifications are a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Phebe Chen


I am a fluent Mandarin speaker. I’m enthusiastic about anything to do with children! I love playing the piano, swimming and spending time with my own children. I have a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).

Adelle Liggett


I am an experienced early childhood teacher and bring loads of enthusiasm and fun to my work with the children. I have a Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education).

Miriam Hartmann


I enjoy bringing music to Kindy. I play the cello and am known for breaking into song! Working with young children keeps me enthusiastic for life! I love their energy. Between my three children they play trumpet, guitar and violin. I volunteer at my local maunga (Big King) Te Tātua-a- Riukiuta. My Qualifications are B.Mus and a Grad Dip in Education.

We couldn’t ask for a better kindy and staff. We know our daughter will start school all the more prepared because of her time at St AndrewsEpsom.

Matt and Renee Sterne