Meet our staff

  • Ruth Chapman-Olla

    Fantail room - Studying Education Psychology

    Hi there, my name is Ruth, I am originally from the UK and have been living in New Zealand for the past sixteen years. I moved to Queenstown seven years ago with my now husband. I have spent the last six years working in early childhood, four of those years have been spent working with Infant and toddlers. I began as a volunteer before gaining a job as a permanent reliever, this progressed to becoming an unqualified teacher in an Infant and toddler room. I began working at Zigzagzoo Henry Street two years ago after having time off to have my little boy, during this time I began studying a BA in Education Psychology through Massey University. The experience of having my little boy reinforced my belief in the importance of respectful care for the children under two. I love the relationships we create with children and families and feel strongly that we are here to create an environment with a strong sense of belonging and trust so parents and carers feel confident in leaving their amazing children in our care. "Its not enough that babies receive good care the care must be excellent" Magda Gerber
  • Amy Grieshaber

    Fantail room & Kindergarten - Room Health and Social Care (BTEC) (UK)

    Hello my name is Amy. I am from England and studied Health and Social Care at college. I got my first job at preschool after I had finished college and worked there for three years until I decided to move to New Zealand. My best friend lived in Queenstown so that’s where I decided to live. I have been living in Queenstown for one year and absolutely love it. I started working at Zigzagzoo as soon as I arrived and feel that I have learnt so much and gained knowledge from our teachers and especially the children. I am very lucky to work in both rooms which I love and gives me the opportunity to continue to learn about the children’s development and how they learn. I feel very privileged to have met some amazing teachers, children and families whilst being with Zigzagzoo and enjoy each and every day that I am here.