Our Team

We completely understand that working with children needs a combination of quality teachers and an excellent environment. Every teacher from Grace Christian Community Preschool is trained to bring the most out of your child’s potential. We create a positive environment with the children by understanding their emotional and mental well-being. Our teachers promote individual skills that enhance self-esteem in children.

Hiks Lonia

Centre Manager


Hiks is caring, dedicated and enjoys learning. She is a Centre Manager of a wonderful team. Hiks’s primary responsibilities include – operations; curriculum and making Grace pre-school the best place for tamariki, whanau, and the community!

She loves interacting and building strong, long-lasting relationships with tamariki, whanau, and the community. She believes every child created by God is unique and loves watching them grow into confident learners.

In her spare time, Hiks loves to read, solve puzzles and spend time with family and friends. Her favourite meal is Polynesian food with a cold glass of mango lassi and banoffee pie!

All the parents and teachers at Grace Preschool have taught Hiks to stop and appreciate life even when it is not perfect. She continues to encourage self-development, time-management and clear communication.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that everyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Ramola John



My Name is Ramola John, I am a born-again Christian recently joined Grace Community Preschool as a Register Teacher. Married to my husband, John for the past 37 years. We are blessed with 2 loving sons, daughters-in-law and one grandson.

I am looking forward to this role with excitement. I worked as a teacher for Twenty years in New Zealand, taking on the role of a headteacher in various centres. It has always been my passion to work for a Christian kindergarten, where I get to serve the lord together with a team of amazing and creative teachers.

I am committed to providing your children, a loving and developmentally sound foundation giving them the experience of life time through learning. Thank you for sharing your precious children with me! I am grateful for the opportunity to work in an environment where children are nourished and loved. Here they learn and encounter new challenges that will help build their confidence as they play.

I look forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers and children at Grace ChristianCommunity Preschool

Dantong Li



My name is Dantong Li. I am a fully registered teacher. I graduated in 2006 from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE).

I am Chinese and fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. I am passionate about teaching and love little children.

I like to meet people from various backgrounds, and look forward to seeing you.

Judy (Yi) Zhou



I come from China; My name is Judy.

I am currently studying Early Childhood Education and Care (level 6) at New Zealand Tertiary College.

I have been working at a Christian preschool since 2014; I revel in teaching children Christian values and share God’s love that “We love because he first loved us”

I have a natural passion for children; I enjoy being around infants and toddlers and engaging with young children to be a part of their learning and growth.

Shiree Klenner



My name is Shiree and I have been working in Early Childhood education for the past eight years.

I am passionate for children’s learning and care and am especially sensitive to children’s individual needs. I love helping children learn in a fun, creative and safe environment andsupporting children to reach their full potential and become competent and confident learners in a Christ-centred learning environment contributing to their growth and well-being.

  • “This childcare centre is just amazing. Their staff are passionate, caring, kind and interested in you and your child. The small groups help to grow the bond faster.”

    Drew Carmody
  • They are close family feel and it’s easy to have conversations with the friendly staff about my daughter and her day. She loves going there so much she doesn’t even acknowledge me leaving!!

    Cara-Lee Ridden