Sophie McLaren - Team Leader


While Sophie has spent most of her life in the sunny Bay of Plenty, she grew up in Thames. Her career began with a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) but after recognising her passion lay in the early years, she went back to study a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education and graduated in 2018.

“I believe it’s important to foster an environment that puts respectful relationships at the centre of my practice. That way, I grow a sense of belonging that nurtures a partnership between whānau and tamariki, where communication is open.”

Sophie started at New Shoots in 2017 working as a teacher and is now team leader of both preschool rooms. She affiliates to the Ngātai Apa Ki Tē Rā Tō iwi and is passionate about Te Ao Māori.

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