The Kitchener Road Team

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

Jade Lane

Centre Manager
Hi my name is Jade and I am the centre manager here at Educare Kitchener Road. I am a qualified registered teacher with a Bachelors Degree and Post grad Diploma in Early Childhood Education. My amazing partner and I live in Onewhero and have four beautiful children and many nieces and nephews whom we love as our own. We have two dogs and a cat. Love to spend time with whānau, love sports, music and food. I believe in creating and providing an environment that is safe respectful nurturing and fun. I love to support my team in any way that I can and love to be there for our tamariki and their whānau and the wider community.

Sheryl Cave

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I live in Waiuku with my husband and my youngest daughter. We are part of a large family, and have been working with children all my life.
I have my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and have worked in several centres and home- based care.
I have always enjoyed the relationships that we build without our teaching profession with co-workers, families and the children. I believe that it is important that we authentically know the children so that we can be best able to provide for them. I go home with play-dough in my hair, glitter on my clothes, sand in my shoes and a smile on my face.
I believe that children learn through play and that is their work and that my work is to support their learning and to meet their needs.

Rachael Spender

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora my name is Rachael and I am one of the Teachers here at Educare. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education at the University of Waikato in 2004 and a Postgraduate paper in Specialist teaching through the University of Canterbury in 2016. I have worked as a Home-based Caregiver and as a Teacher in Childcare centres and Kindergartens. While raising my three youngest children I have served on the Pukekohe Playcentre Committee for many years in various key positions. I live in Pukekohe with my Husband and four of my five children. I enjoy painting, gardening, spending time with loved ones and doing various DIY projects in my spare time. I have a passion for working with families and their young children and enjoy being part of a teaching team.

Rose-Michelle Leathem

Teacher in Training
Kia Ora i’m Rose-Michelle. I was proudly born and raised in Tuakau with my younger brother. I love music and can play a little on guitar and piano, I also play a side drum in our local pipe band. I also enjoy arts and crafts, science experiments and the outdoors. I have always enjoyed working with children! After graduating high school I worked as a junior supervisor at an after school care programme, until I decided to pursue a career with younger children. I recently graduated from the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy with my Level 5 Certificate in Nanny Education. I am excited to be a part of this team and am ready to work together to help our tamariki grow.

Juliana Farias-Richardson

My name is Juliana and I am the nutritionist here at Educare Kitchener Road. I am a qualified nutritionist and I have a postgraduate course in Food Quality Management and Food Sanitation and Hygiene. I am from Brazil and since I have been in New Zealand, I have worked in a kitchen environment as a cook/ chef. I am married with an American/Kiwi and one of our passions is to travel around the world. I truly believe that the food choices made in childhood can demarcate a healthier adult life and nothing more important than our little ones can learn from now that healthy food besides tasty, demonstrates the relationship with the environment and the animals of our planet.

Pippa Badri

Kia ora, I’m the Centre Administrator here at Educare Kitchener Road. I am a qualified ECE teacher with over 10 years’ experience. Before joining the Educare team I worked in Academic Services at Auckland University. This sparked my interest in administration and has motivated me to take on my Diploma in Business.
I live in Waiuku with my husband and 3 rescue dogs, cat and pet chickens! I enjoy spending time with friends and family, working on my vege garden and taking the dogs out to Kariotahi beach.
I am passionate about building reciprocal relationships with the Educare whānau and making links with the wider Franklin community.