Samantha Ranwell - Head Teacher


Samantha joined the New Shoots family in May 2016 but she’s had a long relationship with the New Shoots group, both as a teacher and a parent because her youngest son is a New Shoots graduate. 

“My family originates from South Africa but we have called New Zealand home since 2007 and we love it here. I have a Bachelor of Education degree in ECE from the University of Auckland and I’ve been working as an early childhood educator since 2010. 

My passion for ECE started after my youngest son was born with Down syndrome, which changed my ideas and views on the complexity of early childhood development. I have a passion for special needs education and inclusive environments where everybody feels they have a place within our learning community. I believe that strong, trusting relationships with children and families is key to supporting every child’s learning.”  

SunnynookJoanne Whyte