Hi my name is Maria Johnson. I spent my childhood growing up on a farm with my parents, two brothers and three sisters.
I moved to Wellington after training as a Primary School teacher at Hamilton Teachers College and completing my Bachelor of Education at Waikato University. B.Ed, Dip. Tching Primary. In 2006 I studied full time and gained my Early Childhood qualifications from the New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education.
I have four beautiful boys - Mathew, Joshua, Benjamin and Jacob (twins). I love being with my children and watching them grow and develop as individuals! Being a Mum is the greatest job in the world (even though sometimes it tests our patience).
I really enjoy spending time with family and friends, relaxing in my garden and being creative. When there is any spare time I also like to exercise.
After living in Sydney and experiencing the wonderful Pre-School Education system there, I felt there was a huge need for quality education in Wellington. I am excited about Little School's programme and what it has to offer.
I am passionate and ambitious about young children discovering their abilities and providing them with the knowledge, skills and values to make them lifelong learners. I continually aspire to be a leader in education and thoroughly enjoy this journey. I am extremely fortunate to work alongside a brilliant team of dedicated teachers at Little School. Together we aspire to be widely recognised leaders in preschool education.
I have also been an executive member of the Early Childhood Council since 2008 and am currently the ECC President. This is a role I thoroughly enjoy and again I am fortunate to work alongside a team of people who are dedicated within the early childhood sector.
In 2012 Little School won two Her Regional Wellington Business Awards - Best Small to Medium Business and Wellington Business Woman of the year.