Early learning teacher profile: Verneese Ioane

"Being able to see children grow with confidence, helps me gain new skills and grow myself as a teacher."

Verneese sits with a boy on her lap who is wearing a superhero capeAge


Home town

I grew up in Otara, in south-east Auckland.

Why I love ECE teaching

I like building relationships with children, their families, and getting to know them on a more personal level – which includes learning different languages.

I am passionate about learning different languages and I enjoy working in a centre with families from a diverse range of cultures.

How I got into ECE teaching

I initially wanted to do travel and tourism when I left school, but ended up working part-time during a ‘gap year’ at my old primary school.   That sparked my interest in teaching and I trained instead as a primary teacher. 

I’ve nearly finished studying my ECE papers so I can be fully qualified to teach in both primary and early childhood sectors.

Most rewarding moment

Being able to see children grow with confidence. It helps me gain new skills and grow as a teacher. 

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