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Staff 2016 

Jesil Cajes

Head Teacher/Supervisor 

Mabuhay! Kumusta? My name is Jesil Cajes from Philippines.

I've been in the education sector for the last 10 years specialising in primary and ECE sectors. Educational Leadership is an area I am passionate about. Policy-making, management & governance, inspiring the team and empowering students represent the best experience as a teacher and leader.

I love being proactive to make a difference in the world through mission trips. I've been to Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Philippines. I am passionate about our young generation - raising and empowering them to be a generation of difference. I love God. I am planted in HOB Church & doing teaching/preaching when needed.
"I cannot die washing tea cups. One's life must matter." M.T.

I am currently studying my Master of Educational Leadership through Waikato University. Chat with me and be my friend on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. 


Raewyn Theobald 

Teacher/Assistant Head teacher



Debbie Bradley 


My name is Debbie Bradley.
I have been working at Sonrise since February 2011 and love being a part of an awesome caring team.  I live in Whataupoko along with my husband and an menagerie of animals.  I did my ECE training on the Gold Coast of Australia as I lived there from the age of 19 years until returning to NZ  in 2010.  I have a Diploma in ECE and an Advanced Diploma in ECE, and I was the Director of a childcare centre for 3 years whilst living in Australia.  I am passionate about the children and I believe every child needs to be validated, nurtured, encouraged, supported and loved.  I recommend Sonrise highly.  The children, the staff and families make it a wonderful place to work.
Please feel free to drop in and see us any time we would love to meet you. 
Ki Ora, Debbie.

Miria Roberts



Fiona Davis

Support Teacher

Kia Ora.  My name is Fiona Joy Davis.  I am a mother of three, born and raised in Gisborne.  I love working with children and I believe in creating a respectful, fair and fun environment in which children feel a sense of belonging.  In my spare time I love gardening, sports and swimming.  Sonrise is a special place to work.  I love the Christian aspect and the amazing relationships I develop with whanau, children and teachers.

Grace Bingham


 Kia ora!  Hi, my name is Grace Bingham.  I have 10 years experience in childcare and I hold my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.  I have a passion for children, their care and education, and strive to provide a stimulating and fun learning environment that allows the child to feel loved, welcome and accepted.  My husband and I have a 17 month old daughter, two cats and three chickens.  I love nature and animals, being outside and keeping fit!  I thank God for my job at Sonrise and I am happy I can teach my little friends about the bible and God's love.

Dione Russell 

Finance/Admin Officer 




Amelia Niuvao 

Student Teacher



Tina Aspalter 

Student Teacher 



Management Board of Kingdom Kids and Education Trust 2015


Caroline Cave




Heather Alexander


I am a wife, mother, grand-mother and a registered nurse.  I was invited to join the trust board of Sonrise Christian Preschool 2 ½ years ago. Two years ago our 3 grandchildren moved to Gisborne and the two youngest attended Sonrise Preschool and loved it.  One has now graduated to primary school.

I have loved being part of the team at Sonrise. The energy and passion of the staff is inspiring and the preschool has an inviting, homelike atmosphere.  In today’s rapidly changing and often chaotic world, I believe the Christian curriculum is essential to develop the children’s understanding of their individual worth as God’s children and to fulfil the Preschool’s Vision ‘to equip children to make good choices for life’.

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