Shannon is the Centre Director at New Shoots Matamata. She began her Early Childhood Teaching journey as an Education support worker with tamariki with additional needs in Hamilton, inspired by her mahi, she studied at the University of Waikato graduating in 2007 with Degree in teaching (ECE). She began work with New Shoots in 2013 at the Hamilton centre, working alongside an amazing team to support and guide the wonderful tamariki of the centre, and in 2018 she became the Centre Director in Matamata.

“Early childhood education has long been a passion of mine, providing quality education and care for our next generation inspires me on a daily basis. Tamariki deserve to be treated with respect, and kindness as they learn how to interact with the world around them, safe in the knowledge that they, and their whanau will be supported through their learning journey. As a kaiako I’m passionate about helping our tamariki to become confident communicators, and develop emotional resilience, encouraging them to learn with and alongside each other as they explore the world around them. Communication skills are so important for our tamariki (verbal and non-verbal), when it comes to developing emotional resilience. It is our role as kaiako to support our tamariki as they develop a kete of strategies, tools, and skills that will support, encourage, and inspire them throughout all of their future adventures. As a Centre director I am dedicated to supporting our kaiako to be the best they can be through professional mentoring and guidence.

When I'm not at New Shoots, I really enjoy being outside in my garden, inspired by creating beautiful spaces through landscape and design. I also like to read, and create, drawing, painting, constructing, and just touch of DIY.” 


Jen Sievers