Kia ora Koutou
Bloesem comes with a vision of an aesthetically enriching environment for children to grow through an authentic learning experience. Here at Bloesem children and whanau will be a part of a nurturing, caring, joyful, tranquil environment and we are excited to share this learning journey with your Tamariki.
Alisha Merriman — Managing Director
Alisha grew up in a small town called Putaruru where she began her teaching career in 2010. Alisha is a fully qualified Early Childhood teacher and has been teaching for 9 years with a wide range of experience in all age
groups and most recently coming from a Kindergarten background.
She lives in Mount Maunganui with her husband-Frank, and their nearly 2 year old son Madden, and beloved dog Charli. Alisha and her family love to explore the beautiful nature and are often found at the beach. Alisha loves looking after her health and wellbeing by keeping active after her sporting background, competing up to Magic development level (netball) in recent years.
Alisha is looking forward to this exciting new opportunity as managing director of Bloesem. She has always had a vision that there would be somewhere for children that would instil in them a love of learning through inspiring experiences (something new each day)
with inspiring philosophies to lead the way.
Vanessa Chatfield — Director
Vanessa is also a small town girl growing up and currently living in Te Awamutu. She is a trained Primary School Teacher and currently has a class of Year 1-3 children, but also has a Diploma in Early Learning where she has worked in and managed centres in the past.
She has recently moved back from Australia where she lived and worked for 4 years in Perth and Darwin. Vanessa has been in the teaching sector for over 10 years and believes the most rewarding part of being an educator is seeing the growth in each and every child.
She too enjoys being active and has played high level netball and this is where her and Alisha first met as rivals and team mates on the court. Together we bring a lot of hard work, dedication and inspiring ideas for the future of Bloesem and we look forward to meeting you all soon, and sharing this journey together!