This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Hikurangi. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.
My name is Kelsi Dean and I am one of your kaiako here at Hikurangi Educare.
I have my Bachelors in teaching (ECE) and am a fully registered teacher who has been working in ECE for 10 years.
I live locally with my husband who is a dairy farmer and I also work on the farm on weekends.
I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki as we embark on this journey of learning and development together.
I am born and raised in Hikurangi, I have four adult children who have blessed me with seven mokopuna.
I completed my Early Childhood diploma in 1996 at Wellington College of Education and have worked in a variety of early childhood settings over the years. I also worked for Early Childhood Development Unit delivering a DV Children's programme called He Taonga te Mokopuna and became a member of a national team called Atawhainga te Pa Harakeke for 10 years with the Ministry of Education before making my way back to Whangarei. I am now part of a group called Ka Atamai delivering kaupapa Maori learning. Hikurangi Educare has its own uniqueness, a small town feel. I am looking forward to sharing learning opportunities with your tamariki here.
Kia Ora my name is Jenny, I am a fully registered teacher and have my diploma in Early Childhood Education.
I am also a mother of three and a grandmother of five. I am also the owner of two dogs, one cat, one cockatiel and three very fat hens.
My interests are baking and gardening and I like to incorporate these into our program. I am also passionate about the environment and care about all living things.
Kia ora! I’m Ange, and I am excited to be part of the team at Educare Hikurangi. I was born and raised in Whangarei, but my family all come from Kaeo. My husband and 3 of our children moved to Whakapara 7 years ago and love our home.
I have 5 children, 1 granddaughter, and 1 granddaughter on the way.
I have worked in ECE on and off since leaving school, and in 2015 completed my Bachelor of teaching ECE. I am grateful for the knowledge and experience I have gained along the way and love sharing and learning more.
Children inspire me everyday; the way they challenge themselves, show kindness and forgiveness, and find joy and happiness in the simplest things. What a privilege and pleasure to be part of their lives!
Kia ora, my name is Cleo. I have been working in ECE unqualified for the past 8 years and what an amazing time it has been!
Having such a great love for tamariki, I have committed myself to working toward my Bachelor of teaching ECE for 2019!
I come from a very large whānau from Ngati Kahu and Te Rarawa, who are predominantly Maori. I feel being raised in a large family unit has given me the skills and caring nature for those younger than myself. I endeavour to make your child's learning experiences fun, happy and enjoyable!