Helen Lindsay

As of November 2013 I manage an early childhood centre. I absolutely love the job. I work with 18 other teachers of whom I am the "professional leader'. We have three licenses for a total of 122 children, so we are in effect a medium sized school. We receive government funding and fees from parents in order to deliver the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki. We endeavour to do this utilising a Montessori philosophy and approach. Previously I worked as a lecturer in teacher education and academic support at Otago Polytechnic and a Science and Biology teacher in a secondary school. I believe educating for sustainability is the most important focus for teachers today and I also believe the first six years are the most important years of a (child's) life.

I live on a small lifestyle block in Dunedin which I share with my partner, child, four alpacas, three miniature highland cattle, eight sheep, eleven hens, one rooster, a cat and a dog. Maise the cow is the boss, though Sidney the rooster thinks he is. I have a master of science in zoology and although I prefer cute fluffy animals I mainly studied marine crustaceans. I think I should have been a vet before becoming a teacher - it would come in handy.