The Kapiti Team

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

Hayley Pimlott

Centre Manager
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher with over 15 years in ECE and Education.

I have lived on the Kāpiti Coast for the last 6 years and I enjoy spending quality time with my family and enjoying the lifestyle that the coast has to offer.

Here at Educare Kāpiti I lead a team of experienced, fun and loving teachers in a beautiful environment catering for infants right through to tamariki transitioning to school.
I am committed to ensuring every child in our care feels loved in a safe and learning rich environment. Relationships are very important to me and I enjoy getting to know families as much as I do children. Continuity of care between home and centre is paramount to your child's sense of belonging and well being.
I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.

Jackie Hunkin

Registered Teacher
Kia ora

My family and I have lived on the beautiful Kapiti Coast for the last sixteen years. I have two children, both are adults and have flown the nest.

I have 11 years experience within the ECE sector. I obtained my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) degree in 2011 and my full teacher registration in 2014.

I use a lot of humour in my approach to teaching as I like to see children having fun while learning. I think laughter cam engage children and strengthen relationships of all involved.

I look forward to getting to know your children, your family and everyone who is involved with Educare.

Mandy Hope

Registered Teacher
I am a happy outgoing person with a fun, loving sense of humour. I moved to the Kapiti Coast with my family in 2002. I have three grown children and two beautiful grandchildren.
My passion for teaching led me to attend Victoria University where I gained my teaching qualification.
I am dedicated to working with our youngest learners. It thrills me to watch them learn and grown. I feel privileged to be part of their and their families lives.
I believe that play should be the base of learning since children learn best by doing. I am passionate about providing a fun, safe, nurturing and vibrant environment that enables each child to explore, be curious, question and challenge while developing their own interests.

Gary Davies

Registered Teacher + Van Driver
Kia ora, I have been teaching in early childhood in the Wellington area since 2007 after graduating from Victoria University in 2006. I am new to the Kapiti area, moving to Paraparaumu at the end of June 2016, currently living with my partner Elly and our fur children. I am passionate about teaching and working with our tamariki as it is a very rewarding and enjoyable sector of education. Literacy is a passion of mine, as I am a keen reader and big fan of children’s books. I enjoy music and movement as a curriculum area , seeing children express themselves through song and dance and outdoors environments, supporting children’s natural curiosity. I look forward to working alongside you and your precious tamariki during my time here!

Louana Williams

Training Teacher - Year 1
Kia Ora, my name is Louana. I am currently studying to become a fully registered teacher. I have had many years’ experience working with children and enjoy watching all of our little ones grow and flourish within our centre environment. I have a beautiful family and 5 wonderful children of my own. I look forward to getting to know all the tamariki and whānau at Educare Kāpiti.

Jehanna Scott-McCleary

I am an extremely bubbly and happy person that brings a lot of fun and exciting energy to our centre. I have lived in the beautiful Kapiti Coast for 14 years and have previously trained professionally in dance at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre.
Dance is my passion and therefore I want to be able to incorporate music and dance into our centre curriculum. I believe that music and dance allows children to express themselves freely, and brings them a sense of happiness and enjoyment.
With dance, I allow the children to explore and investigate their physical dexterities by letting them move to the music at their own pace. I have a significant passion and love for children of all ages and I love goofing around and getting amongst the games.

Shweta Suri

Namaste, my name is Shweta and I am married to Ash and we have two beautiful daughters Devika and Tanaya.Together we enjoy spending time as a family, enjoy bike rides around the coast, go on holidays and have lots of fun together.
I moved to Kapiti Coast in May 2013. I am originally from India and have lived in New Zealand since 2005.
I am passionate about working with children. I wish to instil good morals and values in all the children. Respect all children and their families culture, ethnicities and beliefs. I feel strongly in treating each child fairly and ensure that all children feel equally special.
I look forward to working alongside you and your tamariki as I strongly believe " Home is the First school and Parents are the first teachers".

Mike Debbage

Welcome, my name is Mike and I am the nutritionist at Educare Kāpiti. I have had many years’ experience within the food industry before I started my role here with Educare. My love of food and cooking for others started from a young age. I now have my own young family which I believe helps me to cater to the taste buds of little ones. I also enjoy being able to provide healthy and nutritional meals for all of the tamiriki at our centre.