Our team of highly experienced early childhood education Kaitakawaenga | Facilitators are currently working in the following Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (SELO) projects. Click on the images below to read more …

SELO Programme 1
SELO Programme 2 Kāhui Ako

Kaitakawaenga | Facilitators


MEd, MComm, PGDipEd, BEd, GradDipTchg(ECE)

Sujatha has been an educator for over 15 years in New Zealand. Her training, teaching and lecturing experience has given her an understanding of varied philosophies, theories, policies and operations in a range of early childhood services. She is currently researching the discourse of language, culture and identify of migrant families in Aotearoa.


MEd(1st class Hons), BEd(Hons)

Shelley joined the Tātai Angitu team in 2020. She has worked in a range of early childhood services and tertiary organisations, combining her passion for research and inquiry by focusing on high quality outcomes with tamariki and positioning kaiako to engage, learn and extend their knowledge to add to their kete.



Michelle has just returned to the Tātai Angitu team having spent the last 10 months as Senior Teacher with He Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association in Wellington. Her main areas of strength are in the governance and management of early childhood services across Aotearoa New Zealand.



With over 18 years’ teaching and leadership experience in early childhood education services in the Wellington and Kāpiti regions, Kayla has a strong understanding of the challenges faced by kaiako and is passionate about equitable opportunities for tamariki and whānau. Using her knowledge of Tātaiako, Tapasā and He Māpuyna te Tamaiti, she has devised strategies and processes to ensure kaupapa and outcomes for the learning community are meaningfully used.


PhD, MEd, BEd(Hons), DipTchg

Lesieli brings authentic Pasifika knowledge, skills and experiences, connecting different contexts and curriculum areas across Te Whāriki and its links to the NZ Curriculum Framework. She has a deep understanding of Tapasā and the cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners. Lesieli works with kaiako to build knowledge, apply research and evidence across early learning, schools, tertiary education and beyond.

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