Alana Hewer - Teacher/Room Leader (Kakano Room)
Born and raised in Taranaki, Alana has two younger sisters and worked out from a young age she wanted to be a teacher.
“I started by completing a certificate in nanny education and then completed my degree and graduated with my Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education in 2012. I joined the New Shoots family as a new graduate in 2013 and was lucky enough to be part of setting up the Hamilton centre.
My passion is working with infants and my philosophy is based around relationships, respect and the value of play. I believe the environment should give children a sense of belonging and essentially be a home away from home. I also have a passion for te reo and te ao Māori and am constantly adding to my knowledge and vocabulary.”