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Meet Our Team

Get to know us – here’s a little bit about each of the Sunny Days team, in their own words.

Linda Somervell

Qualified, Fully Registered ECE Teacher – Centre Supervisor and SD Committee Member

I started at Sunny Days in 2005 as a Teacher aid reliever. Over the time I was motivated to complete my ECE Bachelor of Teaching Degree in 2010. I have been the Centre Supervisor since 2013. Watching the children grow and develop as confident learners is rewarding. I am very passionate about supporting not only the families at Sunny Days, but also the community to ensure we keep providing a safe, nurturing, happy environment at Sunny Days Community Preschool. My passion is children, children are a gift, treasure them always.

I have 6 children and 14 grandchildren which I always love to spend time with.

Sheena Johnson

Qualified, Fully Registered ECE Teacher – Supervisor 2IC

Kia Ora, my name is Sheena. I have worked in ECC education for the past 12 years and gained a ECE Bachelor of Teaching Degree in September 2010. No day is ever the same whilst working alongside our little future leaders and this excites me.

I have been lucky enough to call Helensville my home for my entire life. Helensville is like and anchor for my family, we never drift off far. I have a gorgeous daughter who attends our local school. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, going to the beach and most of all spending time with my family and friends.

Rachel Hobson

Qualified, Fully Registered ECE Teacher – Under 2s Room

Kia Ora, my name is Rachel. I have been teaching in ECE for over 25 years, I gained a Diploma of Teaching in 2003, I have enjoyed working at Sunny Days Preschool for the past 3 years. My teaching philosophy is, children learn through exploration and play. All children deserve love, respect, fun and to be supported throughout their learning journey.

I have two school age children who keep me on my toes when I’m not working at Sunny Days. I enjoy riding my bicycle and fishing.

Brenda Neems

Administration Manager & SD Committee Member

Hi, I’m Brenda. I have lived in Helensville for the last 7 years. I feel privileged to be involved in some of your child’s first steps in life and having the opportunity to be involved in the community. I am responsible for the finances here at Sunny Days Preschool. If you have any queries regarding our fees or charges, please feel free to give me a call or pop in to the Centre. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Jane Haywood

Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts, Teacher

Hi, I have been working at Sunny Days for a long time as a regular part-time staff member. I love working with local children and having an enriching community family connection is rewarding. Also watching the children develop and grow and become lifelong learners. I enjoy working in the outside environment and creative areas of play.

Rebecca Godfrey


I have been with Sunny Days since February 2002. I have lived in Helensville for 29 years, and I am really happy to be working in my own community. I enjoy teaching and learning alongside the children, and love how every day is different. In my spare time, I like listening to music, gardening and spending time with family.

Kelly Lyon

Teacher Support Person

Hello, I have been at Sunny Days since early 2019. I believe children learn through play allowing children to “be children”. Learning should be fun, hands-on and challenging. Seeing the kids faces when they learn something new is very rewarding.
I live in rural Kaukapakapa and have a wonderful husband and have three adorable children 2girls and one boy. I have a passion for animals and my home is like a zoo of animals.