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Our Staff

Our staff are registered teachers who have many years’ experience working in Early Childhood Education and a love of working with children!

We have both full-time and part-time staff at the Preschool which ensures we can offer the best teacher-to-child ratios for your child.

As well as being trained Montessori teachers, our staff bring a range of skills that include dance, art, music, mindfulness, numeracy and literacy that add an extra dimension to the children’s daily experiences.

Kenna Zachinskaia

Centre Manager

I’m originally from Moscow, Russia, and I used to live in Italy for a while. I came to ECE deliberately after having a successful career in corporate business, as I realised I wanted to follow my passion.


Lesley Liang

Registered Teacher

I came from Guangzhou, China and have been living in Auckland since 2011. I studied Finance and Marketing in Auckland University of Technology and gained my Bachelor of Business Degree in 2015.


Jack (Qimeng) Zhang

Registered Teacher

My name is Jack, and I am thrilled to join the Ficino family! I am originally from China but have spent seven years in this beautiful country. I studied history and linguistics; however, I decided to pursue


Ashleigh Hunter

Support Person

Ashleigh joined the team at Ficino Montessori Preschool back in 2021. Ashleigh moved to Auckland after high school and has been working with children ever since. Prior to joining the team, she worked


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