Our Team

Andy & Carolyn Cameron
We are excited to be on a journey with the team here at Oxford Kindy. We have lived in Oxford for over 20 years with three grown children and three grandchildren. Andy works shift work in Christchurch and Carolyn has worked at Oxford Early Learning Centre, Oxford Area and View Hill Schools. She also drives a rural school bus for View Hill school. Having studied early learning at Massey University, it has been our long term dream to own our own centre. We are passionate about the community in Oxford and want to create strong support networks around our families and help wherever we can.

Sarah Ellison-Jones
I am excited to be team leader here at Oxford Kindy. I have worked with children and families here in Oxford for the last 15 years and lived in the community for the past 17 years, I know the community well. My three children have grown up here, moving onto their adult lives. I like reading, gardening and walking my dog, Rosie, in my spare time. I love teaching the 2-5 age group and feel it is a privilege to be involved in their early education. I have been teaching for nearly 20 years and there is never a dull day! My own teaching philosophy centres around learning through play, following children's individual interests and having high expectations for all children to reach their full potential. I also value the importance of environmental education and sustainability, believing children thrive in the outdoor environment. My hope is for children to become life long learners, always inquisitive and questioning and developing empathy and kindness for others.

Marianne Sellwood
Long time locals, Marianne and her husband raised their five children in the Oxford surrounds. Mother, Grandmother, ECE Teacher, and now part-time builder as she and Tony are in the process of building their own home.

Annemarieke Adams
I studied at the University of Canterbury a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in both Primary and Early Childhood Education. My husband and I have two girls and were both born and raised in North Canterbury. We are a bee-keeping family and enjoy doing our bees together as a family.

Melissa Guckert
After completing one of her practicums here at Kindy in 2021, she has now joined the team as a qualified teacher. Melissa, her partner and their two children live here in Oxford.

Calypso White
I have been an Oxford local for 18 years and love that I can raise my two boys in such a fantastic community. After being a parent here at Kindy, I completed my teacher training and am working towards full registration. I love a good book, gardening, riding my horse and walking my dogs.

Tania Stevens
I have been a part of the wonderful Oxford community for the past 8 years raising my three children. An important part of my philosophy is establishing strong relationships with children. This provides a strong, positive base to extend children’s learning and enhance their development.

Karyn Wyllie
Having worked as a teacher, teacher’s aid and dance teacher in Oxford for a number of years, Karyn joined the Kindy in a fixed term capacity in 2023. Karyn is a calm and caring teacher who has quickly become a valued member of the team. We are thrilled that she has agreed to stay on in a more permanent role.

Katrina Jones
After working here at Kindy for 2 years, Katrina has moved on to pursue her ‘other’ career in Child Counselling but continues to keep in close contact with Kindy and relieves from time to time.