Our Staff

Abbey MacKenzie


Melodies are owned and established by Abbey Mackenzie. Abbey is a Primary Trained educator.  She has taught Junior School-aged children at the beginning of her career specialising in music and teaching children with special needs.  While overseas she enjoyed nannying children and babies from the age of three months and also teaching music and dance for Darit Playgroups in Hong Kong.  During this time her passion for child development through music grew.

She has completed the Orff Schulwerk Level One course and has taught music and singing to children of all ages.

As a primary teacher you have children come into your classroom of varying abilities.  A lot of these abilities have come from the development they have had before they arrive at school.  Music is a natural platform in which children can grow, explore and develop.  My passion is to provide fun and meaningful experiences for children to ensure they develop to their full potential to get the best start in life.”   
- Abbey Mackenzie (Owner/Primary Educator)


Serena Costello

Head Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Serena.  I was born in Timaru, but grew up in Christchurch and have lived in Christchurch for the majority of my life.  I graduated from the Canterbury University in 2005 with a primary teaching degree.  I have worked in Ashburton and have relieved at different schools in Christchurch.  In 2008 I went to the UK where I spent two and a half years there.  I was very lucky to travel extensively through Europe.  While I was overseas I started working in the nurseries that were attached to the schools and decided when I returned to New Zealand to go to University for a year to complete my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood teaching.

Right from a young child, I have always wanted to be a teacher.  I love seeing how much children grow and develop their attributes, knowledge and skills.  One of my favourite teaching quotes is "We can't always build a future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future".

In my spare time, I go to the gym and enjoy catching up with friends for BBQ's, games nights and dancing.

I have never been to America and would love to visit there one day.  I'm also a bit of a go getter and enjoy trying new things.  I have been paragliding and somewhere on my list, I would like to skydive one day! 


Liz Odea


Hi, my name is Liz and I have been educating children for over 20 years.  I began my early childhood career by venturing overseas to England for 3 years where I was involved as being a support teacher at a Primary School and also a Nanny for a 4 year old boy.  During these 3 years, I had the opportunity to explore many countries and learn many important life skills.  I returned to New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and have found my passion educating preschool children and watching them grow and learn more each day.

I have two children of my own and they both attend Primary School and one will soon be venturing off to High School.  I enjoy the outdoors and my hobbies are gardening, multi-sports and dancing.  As a family, we love to go camping and exploring the beautiful scenery around New Zealand by doing lots of hikes and bike tracks.

I have been at Melodies for 5 years and love the time I spend with your children. Every day at Melodies is a fun day, full of laughter and adventure.  I feel privileged to be able to spend my days with your children and teach them new important dispositions and skills for their future. Children are the future of tomorrow!




 Kerrie Clarke-Harris


Kia ora my name is Kerrie, I have recently moved back home to Christchurch after living and teaching in Nelson for 3 years. I hold a diploma in early childhood which I studied through New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education. I love being able to watch children learn and grow and become competent wee learners. A highlight is sharing great open conversations with them, you never know what they might say next...and are always full of surprises. In my spare time away from work I love spending time with my partner, family, friends and my pets. I enjoy heading to the gym, walks with a rewarding view, paddle boarding, travelling somewhere new and checking out the newest eateries in town. I look foward to working with and alongside your child and building a trusting relationship with your family during your journey here at Melodies.


Megan Minty


Hi, my name is Megan.  I have been teaching Early Childhood for 20 years, gaining lots of experience in caring and educating 2 - 5 year olds.  I believe Early Childhood education should be a fun and exciting time.  I love storytelling and music.  Coming to Lincoln from Diamond Harbour, I enjoy boating, fishing and the outdoors.  I look forward to meeting you and ensuring your child's time at Melodies is a special one.

 Laura France



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