Pam - School of ECE

Pam Wilson

Head of School: ECE

Pam has extensive experience in teaching and managing Early Childhood Centres in the Waikato. Following maternity leave with her 2 children, Pam’s career took a new direction when an opportunity arose at Vision College to mentor ECE staff.

From this, she moved into the role of Course Coordinator for Hamilton and has recently taken on the responsibility of Head of School for all four Vision College ECE campuses.

Her passion for Early Childhood is evident as she tutors the next generation of teachers and she continues her teaching on a Sunday in the children’s programme at Eastside Church Hamilton. This is where Pam, her husband and 2 children have called home for many years.

Vivia - School of ECE

Vivia Schwass

Early Childhood Level 3 Programme Leader

Vivia has been in the Early Childhood field for the past 23 years, teaching young children in a Centre context; involved in centre management as Senior/Headteacher, running playgroups in a Christian context; and leading preschool music for the past 15 years at East Taieri Church, Hope Hornby and Hope West Melton.

She has been involved in Girls Brigade in a leadership capacity off and on for 25 years. This is also true of Sunday School teaching and Vivia currently teaches the 4-year-old Sunday School Class at her church ‘Hope Hornby’.

Vivia has been with Vision College since 2008 and has been ChCh Level 3 Course Coordinator since 2011. She teaches both Level 3 and Level 5 Early Childhood in areas of Curriculum, Professional Practice and Knowledge, Communication, and Educational Theory.

Early Childhood has always been her passion and she loves working in any context related to this.


Salilo - School of ECE

Salilo Ward

Early Childhood Education Tutor / Course Coordinator
East Tamaki

Masters in Education (Merit), Diploma of Teaching (ECE), Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE), Postgraduate Diploma in Education

My name is Salilo Ward and currently the Level 5 Early Childhood Education Tutor / Course Coordinator at Auckland Campus.

I have been working in the ECE field for more than twenty years in various positions including voluntary work in both our local community and Church Ministry.

I enjoy teaching and providing a positive learning environment for all students. I believe everyone deserves a second chance in education so that they each come to know their potentials and their God-given purpose. For me, seeing those who fall through the “normal” school system achieve a National Certificate, and their lives changed for the better socially, economically and spiritually makes it all worthwhile.


Nooroa - School of ECE

Nooroa Tamarua

Course Coordinator and Tutor

Kia orana, I come from the Cook Islands, I speak fluent in reo Kuki Airani (Cook Island) and speak basic Fiji Hindi language. I am the eldest of five in my family, the good Lord has blessed me with two beautiful children.

I enjoy tutoring, it is a role that is challenging every year, especially with the different range of students within each intake. Every student has their own uniqueness and I learn a lot about them. I have delivered tertiary level in the last six years and every time it’s like a new beginning like I just started a new job again.

Tara - School of ECE

Tara Talbot

Early Childhood Tutor

Tara moved to Christchurch from South Otago after completing her schooling to attain a nanny qualification through Rangi Ruru Early Childhood College.

A preschool placement during this time confirmed that a centre-based setting was more suited to her teaching style. So after completing her nanny certificate, Tara moved on to study at Christchurch College of Education graduating with a Batchelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood Education).

After teaching in local early childhood centres, the opportunity arose for Tara to extend her skills to teaching Early Childhood content to adults through Vision College. She found this combined her passion of teaching and of promoting the welfare and future of young children as precious taonga. During this time Tara completed a Certificate in Adult Education.

Since 2006 at various times Tara has taught the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education levels 3 and 5, course coordinated both levels, performed Head of School duties and now that she has begun a family of her own is enjoying part-time tutoring.

Tara enjoys music and sings on a Sunday at her home church of 16 years, Hope Presbyterian. Spare time is spent in the outdoors, particularly with her husband and young son.

Charlotte ECE

Charlotte Linde

Coordinator ECE Level 3

I have been working in the Early Childhood Education sector for over 10 years both overseas and in New Zealand. My tertiary education career started at the New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education in Christchurch, where she gained valuable knowledge and experience in different subject areas as well as exposure to a variety of opportunities within the Early Childhood Education field.


I have a passion for education and a strong commitment to both bicultural and multicultural practice borne out of her own cultural background.  I have a very clear teaching philosophy deeply seated in understanding the needs of her students.

Now working at Vision College in the Level 3 programme, I found the perfect balance between my passion for education and teaching youth.


Shirlene Redpath

Shirlene Redpath

Tutor Level 5

I currently teach Level 5 Early Childhood on the Hamilton Campus.

I am involved in the ECE industry for over 20 years as a teacher, supervisor/team leader, administrator, and Centre Manager.

I feel very passionate about quality early childhood education and care and is enjoying tutoring men and women as they begin their journey into the ECE industry.  I enjoy supporting and guiding students as they learn more about ECE.