The Adventure Team

This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Adventure. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.

Bridget Gerondis

Acting Centre Manager
Kia Ora, I have been working in the education sector for 15 years. I have a bachelor in education and am fully qualified.
I live locally with my husband and our two children Isabella and Austin. I am extremely passionate about children’s development, their psychology, and their uniqueness in their abilities to learn.
I believe that the environment is an integral part of an early childhood setting. A strong environment allows for strong interactions, development, exploration, and experiences to flow throughout the programme.
My hobbies included music, dance, travelling, and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to walking this journey with you all. Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi. With your basket and my basket the people will thrive.

Hayley Hughes

Registered Teacher
Hi my name is Hayley, but most people call me Hayz. I have a bachelor of teaching (ece) degree and since beginning my teaching career I have achieved my full teachers’ registration.
I believe that it is important to have strong communication and trust between teachers and families which in turn supports a good level of trust between the teacher and the child creating a good relationship.
Some of my favourite things to do with children include art and creative activities on all levels as their imaginations can run wild. Messy play especially is great fun, watching the children explore different textures and using all their senses.
I am very family orientated, have recently begun to do photography. I love to cook and bake and I love arts and crafts.

Gemma Smith

Registered Teacher
Hi my name is Gemma, I am a qualified and registered Early Childhood Teacher with over 10 years’ experience.

I have a strong passion for building relationships with the children and their families by providing them a nurturing and caring environment. I look forward to getting to know you all, as we embark on this learning journey together.

Kirsten Sharp

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is Kirsten and I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. I live locally in Whitby with my partner and our young daughter. I returned to New Zealand last year after spending most of my 20's and 30's travelling and working overseas. I have worked in a wide variety of educational settings in Japan, Thailand, England, Ireland and most recently Australia. I am excited to be part of the Educare Adventure team, and look forward to getting to know the tamariki and their whanau.

Erin Laas

Registered Teacher
Tēna koutou katoa. Nō Ōtepoti ahau. Kei Poneke tōku kāinga. Ko Mata-au te awa. Ko Kapukataumahaka te maunga. Ko Te Herenga Waka te marae. Ko Erin Laas tōku ingoa.
Kia ora! My name is Erin Laas. I am a qualified, registered early childhood teacher and hold both a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Communication Design.
I believe children to be curious, capable and unique learners, and this is reflected in my teaching practice. In collaborating with whānau and providing meaningful learning opportunities which expand on current interests and play, we present tamariki with limitless, individualised and engaging ways to explore fields such as science, language, mathematics and the natural world.

Kim Reid

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora koutou, my name is Kimberley, although most call me Kim. I live in Tawa with 2 cats, 2 dogs and several birds. During the spring and summer months I rear monarch butterflies and in my spare time I like to walk, cycle and will happily busy myself with a pile of Lego.
I am Primary qualified, obtained a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) from Victoria University in 2015 and have 5 years experience working in the early childhood sector. My teaching practice is founded upon my love of nature, fostering respectful relationships and building parent-centre partnerships. My curriculum strengths are Performing Arts and Literacy.
I look forward to getting to know the Educare Adventure community and hope we can have a laugh as we share this learning journey together.

Emma Woodley

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I live in Mana with my two daughters. I am a qualified primary school teacher and a qualified and registered early childhood teacher. I have always been interested and passionate about education, children and development. I decided to retrain in early childhood in 2015 as after having my own children, I was amazed at the development between birth and two years; this reignited my passion.
Children are our future and therefore should be treated with respect, care and be provided with rich and meaningful opportunities to develop their minds, bodies and spirits. I believe the most important thing you can give children is time and love, and with these two things children are given the basis for personal growth.

Vanessa Gilmour

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia Ora my name is Vanessa and I live in Tawa with my pet Pomeranian, Biscuit. I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher with over 7 years experience and am currently working towards my full teaching registration.
What I enjoy most about working with children are moments where they discover 'they can ' do something and when their individual personalities start to blossom and shine through,
I am happy to be a part of the Educare team and look forward to building relationships with with the children and their families.

Ali Thomson

Kia ora, my name is Alexandra, but most people call me Ali. I am an unregistered ECE Teacher here at Educare Adventure. I live on the Kāpiti Coast with my partner and our cat, Benny. I have previously worked as a nanny to new born twins, a 2 year old, 4 year old and a young teenager. This is my first time working in a centre and i'm loving the diverse energy all of the tamariki have to share.
My favourite thing to do with children is being creative with art works. I am excited to be part of the Educare Adventure team, and look forward to getting to know the tamariki and their whānau.

Celia Prentice

Kia Ora, my name is Celia and I currently live in Tawa. I am a qualified nutritionist and have several years’ experience working in different foodservice settings – right from hospital kitchens to cafes and restaurants. Food has always been a big passion of mine, and in my spare time I love to be able to create recipes which are tasty and nutritious. Eating habits are established at a young age, and I love working with children and being able to help them start off a healthy relationship with food.
I am excited to be a part of the team, and look forward to helping the children of the Educare Adventure community learn more about food, and ensure that they receive the nutrients needed to grow and develop.

Wendy McLoughlin

Hi, my name is Wendy and I live locally with my lovely family, which includes 2 lively girls, who keep my husband and I very busy.

Since becoming a mother myself, I wanted to tie my previous administration skills in with my love of being around children.

I am excited to work with all the families in helping to create a loving, supportive and safe environment for the children. 

I look forward to meeting you and your little ones and helping you with any enquiries and generally making your life easier where I can.