The Hikurangi Team

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

Kelsi Dean

Centre Manager
Kia ora,
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.

Lissa Davies

Registered Teacher
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.

Jenny Heke

Registered Teacher
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.

Ange Mitchell

Registered Teacher
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!

Cleo Lloyd-Dangen

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!