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

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.

Sisilia Lo’amanu

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I’m delighted to be part of the Educare Adventure team. I’m from Tonga, but now live in Porirua.
I am a fully registered teacher with a Bachelor of Education in Teaching Early years.
I am passionate about working with children and strive for quality care and education for our tamariki. I’m looking forward to building strong relationships with the children and their families so they feel comfortable and safe in their environment.
I am a firm believer in respecting children as competent, confident and knowledgeable individuals and value creating peaceful, nurturing and a supportive learning environment that empower our children to develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Wendy Wimsett

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I have lived locally for the last 30 years and am very excited being a part of this centre, in an area that is so close to my heart, and am looking forward to building strong relationships with tamariki, parents and extended whānau. I believe "It takes a village to raise a child" and I look forward to working to support you children to be confident, lifelong learners.
In education I have a strong passion for nurturing children's emotional and social development, supporting children to become emotionally resilient and confident individuals who are happy within themselves. I have a strong interest in sustainability and the environment and in both my personal and professional life strive to challenge myself to develop further initiatives in this area.

Theresa Stebbing

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I’m Theresa, a Whitby local with my husband and two boys Kodie and Lucas. I have a bachelor of Teaching (ECE). I have 20+ years experience working in Early Childhood so I have a lot of knowledge to share. I have a strong passion in working with infants and toddlers and have a lot to offer older children to. As a Teacher I have a strong belief in respectful care for children and my strengths are supporting children and whānau to succeed in all they aspire to. I am an animal lover, having two cats and one very spoilt bunny that lives inside my house! I love nature so I am often out and about collecting a variety of resources to engage tamariki. I look forward to getting to know you all and becoming part of the Adventure family.

Aroha Te Rangi

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Tena Koutou Katoa, I’m Aroha, I have spent most of my life in Porirua and currently live in Whitby with my husband and our 3 teenagers. I have a bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and have been working in the education sector for several years now.
My teaching practice is underpinned by attachment theory, neuroscience and the RIE philosophy, which is based on respect in every sense of the word. I am passionate about my work with infants and toddlers, creating a calm and welcoming environment for them to build confidence and further develop their intrinsic motivation. I look forward to building a relationship with you and your family here at Educare Adventure.

Kim Reid

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora koutou, I’m Kimberley, but 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, graduating in 2015 with a Diploma in Teaching (ECE) from Victoria University, and have plenty of 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 community and hope we can have a laugh as we share this learning journey together.

Fetu Ah Chan

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Talofa, I’m Fetu and I am very excited to join Educare Adventure. I am a provisionally qualified early childhood teacher. After I graduated, I spent the remainder of the year working in youth programmes within the Porirua Community. I have previously worked in ECE services in Porirua, Wellington and Lower Hutt. I believe that a strong partnership with parents and Whānau is very important to improving children’s learning opportunities and therefore, I'm looking forward to getting to know all the tamariki and their Whānau here.

Jessica Tafeamaalii

Hello, my name is Jessica, but everyone calls me Jess. I live in Aotea with my partner and our daughter Harper. I started working in early childhood in 2009 at a Day-care Centre in Kapiti, then moved on to become a nanny for a family in 2014, up until I had my daughter in July 2017. I am so happy to have returned to work at such a lovely centre and to be working alongside a fabulous team. I am also looking forward to getting to know all the children and their wonderful families.

Ella Kane

Kia Ora, I’m Ella and I am very excited to be a part of the wonderful team at Educare Adventure. I love working with children and in the past I have run Playgroups for ages 0-4, volunteered at a primary school and been a Nanny.
I am passionate about the development and psychology of young children. I believe that encouraging tamariki to find their own ways of learning in a respectful and loving environment is key to their overall development and builds their confidence as capable, individual learners. Our tamariki are our future and I cannot think of anything more rewarding than being a part of their journey in these crucial first few years of life. I am looking forward to getting to know tamariki.

Gemmy Ryan-Manysy

Hello, my name is Gemma, I grew up in Porirua and now I live within Whitby with my husband.
I have been working in ECE for 12 years and I am truly passionate about working with children. I love watching children having fun and learning though play.along with building a trusting relationship with the children and their families
I look forward to forward to be part of the Adventure Family and getting to know you and your whānau.

Celia Wethey

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.