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Our Staff & Tutors

We pride ourselves in acquiring top quality Tutors who come with a wealth of experise and a passion to see others grow and develop.

Together as a Community, we can make a difference one person at a time.

Andre Vioti

Andre Voiti Andre Vioti has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems and a Postgraduate course in Business Administration from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, in Brazil, and a Diploma in Business Level 7 from NZIOS.

Andre has worked in the data and analytics field for over 15 years, including 5  years in New Zealand in relevant organizations, 3,5 years as Reporting Analyst focused on Business Intelligence and 1.5 as a Senior Data Insights Specialist


Annette Gebbie

Annette GebbieAnnette's career has spanned 35 years in the New Zealand fashion industry.

Annette began her training as a Tailor in Christchurch.  In between getting married and raising a family, Annette tutored garment construction privately in Auckland for 18 years.  For 10 years, Annette ran a production unit in Auckland for some of New Zealand's most well known labels such as Karen Walker and Trelise Cooper.  Freelance designing and making Bridal garments allowed Annette to concentrate her experience in the wedding and after five wear.  Annette has spent the last twelve years lecturing at Auckland University of Technology, Bachelor of Design Degree focusing on fashion, pattern making, garment construction, costume design, tailoring and sportswear.   Annette is presently working as a lecturer of Fashion and Design at Auckland University of Technology.

Diane Smith

Diane SmithBA, ATCL

Diane is an experienced ESOL teacher.  She is effective and very caring, designing classes which are lively and resourceful reflecting her extensive experience working with people of different cultures.  She specialises in Academic writing and reading which has been helpful to those students aspiring to sit the Academic/General IELTS exam, or further their understanding of standards required for future post-graduate study in New Zealand.

Students from her class have gone on to find employment in their chosen fields or acceptance to tertiary courses to further their education.

Julie Kilroy

Julie KilroyCommunity Education Coordinator

Julie has been a member of the Glenfield Community since late childhood including attending Glenfield College.  She has been involved in various Administration and Financial roles over the years and comes with great local knowledge of the community and is well established to be in a position to listen and to serve.

“I know how hard it can be to further yourself, both in understanding and making the time.  I have completed various night classes and online courses over the years myself, including completing an on-line Diploma in Photography.

I look forward to the opportunity to develop a wider program and broader range of subjects for our local community.”

Julie is passionate about people’s learning and relishes the chance to help people take up new hobbies, or further their Learning Journey.

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson has built a corporate career in communications, change management, community engagement and sustainability. She’s also helped many people and communities gain skills, knowledge and access to opportunities through mentoring, training and community development. Kate’s ‘side hustle’ is a career support service which helps people develop the career documents and tools they need to present ‘their best selves’ in the job market.

Lisa Reynolds

Lisa Reynolds has completed a National Diploma in Business Studies from AUT, Bachelor of Business Studies, NZIM Certificate of Management, Small Business management Certificate, On the job trainers certificate and meeting the requirements for membership to the Chartered Accountants, Accounting Technicians College.

Lisa has worked in the accounting field for over 22 years, including 4 years in Auckland Chartered Accounting firms, 2 years as a Company Accountant and 16 years owning her own businesses.

Certified as a Trainer for Xero, Lisa delivers informative courses that help our Students get the most out what they are learning in a straight forward easy to understand way.

Prabha Patel

Prabha Patel resized photI am Prabha Patel and live in Auckland City in New Zealand. I am going to share a little about me because you would love to connect with me but, before we go ahead I would like to share meaning of my name PRABHA is LIGHT, RADIANCE, SPLENDOUR, POWER OF DURGA GODDESS, an APSARA (means BEAUTIFUL WOMEN).My purpose in life is to share my light and love with other beings on this planet.

I am a simple, loving, compassionate, kind, wise, caring, and fun being who loves life and mother earth. I am very grateful for my MUM AND DAD who has given me opportunity to arrive on this beautiful planet and able to experience and most adventures, beautiful, colourful journey of life. I have learnt many lessons through out my life for example: when I was little girl I had that burning desire to share unconditional love, freedom, unity but did not know how to do it because being a Indian girl there was lots of limitation, cultural belief was not possible……..first lesson was I have never gave up my dream…..I followed my heart and journey….I kept going ahead and enjoyed life as it is whatever life has to offer. Guess what? Had lots of challenges, still being a bravo moving forward with smiles. I have being an awesome daughter who had arranged marriage when I was 17th year old, came to New Zealand 1987 from India. By 18 year of age I have given birth to beautiful daughter PRISCILLA and got busy being mum and wife. I have left being a wife in 1993 and started pursuing on career because I had reason to be successful and become a capable person. I have been owned and managed two Indian Restaurants till 2008 , many occassion I was on NZ TV as actor, cooking or reality show. And same time I was being with my daughter and supporting her to become very powerful and responsible young women. I am very proud and grateful to have her in my life. My daughter is married and proudly say I am a super Grand Nana now .I love my Grand Daughter Malika Patel. I am very trustworthy friend and very talented cook. I cook with passion and love…yum yum yummy. I have made a one of choice to share love, Indian cultural, history, and experience through cooking classes. While I was going through hardship business life, I asked myself a question “What is my life purpose?”Why I am here for?” asking those question many times guess what you attract? My purpose to making difference, healing opportunity…..! I have done lots of personal development courses like Landmark Form, Avatar Master, Kurek Ashley…etc Vipassana Meditation, Bikram Yoga, Inner peace Movement,  Reconnective Healing, Relationshifting, Heartwaves…….  I can keep going…you can feel who I am? After letting go off my 15 years of Hospitality....Had a break and changed in my career since last 10 years I support and advocate for the rights,inclusion and welfare of all people with intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community and also feed them with healthy, wealthy , wise food. So cooking is in my DNA. You will be discovering finest secret of traditional Indian cooking with me,step by step, learning about spices,recipes,lessons, cooking tips, home style cooking , best restaurant style cooking, lots of fun,laughs, smiles , interactive,creativity and much more ......Motto will be " FEEL IT,CREATE IT,LEARN IT,COOK IT,TASTE IT "

“Had a thought since I was little girl how could I make a difference in my and others life, being experienced my own life through my journey realised I am making a difference already serving best Indian Food in my Restaurant with love, Passion and Happiness. I have been passed on the knowledge of cooking Indian food from my mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, friends and chefs. I am grateful for each and everyone who has made a difference in my life.”- Prabha Patel


Richard Vernall

Richard is passionate about the industry he works in having placed people from of all walks of life into employment since 1990. Richard has presented to groups in IT at Sky City and Auckland Town Hall through Accelerating Aotearoa industry events 2006-2009 and to people returning to work through the Massey Employment Gateway Programme in 2013. Richard holds a Graduate Diploma in Career Development and a Certificate in Adult Teaching. He has been a professional member of CDANZ since 2002.richard vernall


Veronique Guilloteau

Veronique Gulloteau

Véronique is a French native, with diplomas in Industrial Relations Psychology and Business Management.  She worked in France as the Human Resources Manager for a couple of large corporations.  She has been teaching French language and French culture in New Zealand for the last 20 years and lives on the North Shore.

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