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Meet Our Staff


Pip Gordon

Centre Leader


Hi everyone my name is Pip I am a fully registered teacher and have been teaching for 15 years. I have been a part of the Dorie team for the last two years and have really enjoyed
getting to know your children and the community.
I live just out of Rakaia on 5 acres with my partner Alan and my two children Sophie 16yrs
old, Jack 12yrs old.

In my spare time I enjoy getting outside and going boating, walking & biking. Spending time
with my family and friends is important to me. I like watching movies and relaxing with a
good book.

I love working with children and I am passionate in seeing children grow and learn in their
individual ways.


Ashleigh Ligtenberg

Part-time Administrator


Kia Ora, I am Ashleigh. I have recently started here at Dorie Preschool and am
thoroughly enjoying working in a unique rural setting, amongst fabulous teaching staff and
for a centre that provides an excellent programme with large spaces for the children to
explore with a variety of learning experiences.
I look forward to getting to know the children & families in the community.

I live in Rakaia with my partner and 3year old son, we love to get outdoors and spend time
with friends and family.


Lisa Carroll

Over 2's Teacher

Kia Ora, I am Lisa. I have been working at the preschool for the last 3 years  and really love the family orientated environment.


I am a mother of 2 lovely children aged 21 and 12, I come from the Southbridge area and I live on my parents farm.


I am a fully qualified and fully registered teacher and love working with children and seeing them try and discover new things


Jo Dennett

Nursery Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Jo I started at Dorie Community Pre school as a reliever which then grew into a permanent teaching position.


I now work full time in the nursery but do come and teach in the over two’s as needed and really enjoy my time in both room. I have lived in Rakaia for 15 years with my family, and have been involved with sport and clubs with my 3 children. I enjoy walking and I have a list of walks I have achieved and many more I’d like to do.


Working with children and watching imagination and creative skills grow through activities and play, watching children learn and achieve, for me is one of the best feelings.

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Simone Weston

Over 2's Teacher

Hello my name is Simone Weston. 

I live in Irwell with my husband Jeff and we have two adult children. We also share our house with an assortment of animals. 

I have been teaching for 25years.

I am passionate about providing opportunities for tamariki to explore, be creative & building strong relationships and trust with them and their whanau. 

I am delighted to be working at Dorie Preschool and getting to know you all.

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