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


Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo e lelei, Talofa, Kia Orana, Namste, Ni hao, Kia ora and Greetings!

My name’s Hikiloto Lonia, for short Hiks, and I’m the Centre Manager at Grace.  I have two teenage boys, love reading, solving puzzles and spending time with family and friends.

My passion is in Ministry care for our tamariki, whanau, and our community. I believe that it is important to maximise strong relationships and collaborations between whanau to ensure the best possible outcome for our tamariki.

I believe that every child is created by God and is blessed with their own unique abilities and strengths.

Thank you for choosing Grace as the preschool for your tamariki. Our wonderful team of Kiako’s & I can’t wait to welcome you as part of the Grace family.

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.

Baylino Kolomene



Fakaalofa lahi atu!!

My name is Baylino Kolomene but you can call me Leno. I’m a mum of 5, 4 boys and
1 girl who’s the oldest. I’ve been at Grace for the last 5 years and I’m blessed to be part of a great group of colleagues, whose family. I love watching our Tamariki grow into confident learners, and proud that they leave with a strong christian foundation,
ambassadors of sustainability and are always promoting healthy eating.

My role is the van driver and teacher aide. I’m responsible for the safety of
all our tamariki that use our van transport and help our Kiako’s with your child’s daily learning.

Blessings, and hope to see you soon!

Fisilala Lusavela


My name is Fisilala Lusavela-Uea and it’s my privilege and joy to be part of the Grace Christian Community family. I’m a proud mother of 3 and a grandmother of 8.

I come from a little Island in the Pacific called Niue Island.  I believe that every child is a gift from God and has a unique place and purpose, and it is my passion to help them begin to discover and grow into that person.

I can’t wait to welcome your child into the Grace family!

  • “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