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.

Melaia Uluiviti

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Bula, my name is Mela Uluiviti. I am from the beautiful island of Fiji and I moved to NZ in 2010.
I am married and have four children and 7 grandchildren already.
I obtained my Bachelors degree in Education ECE through MIT. I homeschooled my children in their early years, which is why teaching in ECE is my passion and my calling."

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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