Educare

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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 Sisilia, and I am delighted to be part of the Educare Adventure teaching team . I am a fully qualified and registered teacher and hold a Bachelor of Education in Teaching Early years (birth to 8 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.
I grew up in Tonga, however I currently live in Porirua.

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.

Lynn McCathie

Registered Teacher
Hi, I’m Lynn. I was born in Bury, England and now live in Whitby with my husband Malcolm and our beautiful fur baby Kelly the cat. I have NZQA level 3 in Early Childhood Education and have 12 years experience as a nanny and infant teacher.
I believe that children should learn through play and that this should be experienced in a safe, nurturing, caring and fun environment where both learning and well-being are promoted. Children should be treated as individuals and need to learn in their own unique way and ensure they are kept well an safe from harm at all times, being cared for with love, attention and affection.
I am delighted and very excited to be part of the Educare Team and look forward to getting to know all the children and their whānau.

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.

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

Teacher
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.

Celia Prentice

Nutritionist
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

Administration
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.