The Hikurangi Team

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

Esther Stone

Centre Manager
Kia Ora Katoa, My name is Esther. I am married to Lennie and we have three adventurous boys and a baby girl. I was born in Holland, but have spent most of my life in New Zealand and now live in Hikurangi.
I am passioate about caring for this beautiful land around us and living sustainably. I like to incorporate these values as a teacher so that children to can experience and form connections with the earth.
I view children as competent beings, continuously learning, and I feel privileged to share some of this journey with them.

Sam Wyrsch

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora Koutou. I am Sam Wyrsch and I recently moved here from Te Kauwhata. I was amazed by your warm welcome at Educare Hikurangi. I have two children; Moana and Ben. I am enthusiastic about inquiry based learning, nature, and sustainability, and look forward to incorporate these attributes into our shared developing journey. I look forward to meet you all and have a great time together.

Tessa-Lee Api

Provisionally Registered Teacher
kia ora koutou,
My name is Tessa and I have a bachelors degree of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for the past five years and have experience in working with both unders and over twos. I have recently come off maternity leave and have come to Hikurangi Educare along with my son Tana.
No reira
Tena koutou Katoa
Tessa is currently on maternity leave.

Kassey Harris

Provisionally Registered Teacher
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Ko Pouerua to Maunga
Ko Waitangi to Awa
Ko NgaPuhi me Ngati Whatua oku Iwi
Ko Ngatikawa te Hapu
No Oromahoe ahau
I Tupu ake ahau I Moerewa
Engari kei Hikurangi ahau e nogo ana Inaianei
Ko Kassey Harris toku ingoa
Kia Ora, my name is Kassey and I have lived in Hikurangi for 4 years with my partner Mark and our son Ethan. I have completed the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) ECE Specialisation with the University of Auckland.
Kassey is currently on maternity leave.

Jayden Thomas

Kia ora,

My name is Jayden Marie Thomas and I am a new graduate from the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy, and I am here to further my studies as an Early Childhood Teacher. My passion is for children, and I love watching them explore the world and to help alongside with their development and wellbeing.

I am part of a big family and I feel that is where my interest for children comes from. My hobbies are hiking, being around family and friends, exploring, traveling, dance and most importantly fitness! I am so excited to start this journey here at Educare.
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