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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.

Leesa Schultz

Administration Manager & SD Committee Member

Hello, I have been at Sunny Days since 2011. I make sure the Centre strives from strength to strength and achieve cashflow and equity to buy new resources and building upgrades when needed. Sunny Days for me has been like an extended family, meeting families and seeing children grow and move onto primary school is lovely to see. We are lucky to live in a small town and have such a great community preschool that has been operating for more than 30 years. Kia pai ake ai – To be the best we can be.

I live locally and have two teenage children that attend Kaipara College.

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.