The Norfolk Team

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

Cara Lindsay

Team Leader - Under 3s
Kia Ora, I'm Cara Lindsay. I have been involved in early childhood since leaving school. I graduated from Auckland Teacher’s college with a diploma in Kindergarten Teaching and a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood.
After 7 years of working in Kindergartens, I built and owned my own centre in Kamo.
In 2001 I sold the centre and went home to be a full time Mum to our three children and to help run our Dairy farm. Now with my children grown up, it is time to return to my passion of teaching.
I am currently team leader at Norfolk Street Educare under 3s. I believe in providing a quality, caring and learning environment for all children in our centre.
I have a passion for the outdoor learning environment and music.

Teri Dunsbee

Team Leader - Over 2s
Hello, I am Teri Dunsbee. I hold a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I hold a current first aid certificate.
I taught gymnastics to ages 4yrs – 17yrs old for 7 years. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of physically active skills with the children.

Julz McFarlane

Registered Teacher (Under 3s)
Kia ora, my name is Julz.
I was born and rasied in Whangarei, working in Early Childhood Education since I was 17 years old.
I hold a Bachelor of Education (ECE). I am a registered teacher and have a current first aid certificate.
I have one child and she is turning 27 this year.
My passion in ECE is working collaboratively with parents and whānau, building strong reciprocal relationships.
Literacy learning through books and music is my interest and strength.

Hayley Angelo

Provisionally Registered Teacher (Over 2s)
Kia ora, my name is Hayley Angelo, I have 3 wonderful children and I am a full time teacher here at Norfolk St Edcuare.
I have a Bachelor of Education, current first aid certificate and am in the process of doing my teacher registration.
I have always had a passion for working with children. Before I became a mother, I was a nanny for 10 years. I look forward to getting to know your child and watching them learn and grow.

Saskia Vette

Provisionally Registered Teacher (Under 3s)
Kia ora, my name is Saskia.
I am currently in my second year of study to obtain a Bachelor of Education (ECE).
I was born in Whangarei. Growing up at the beautiful Whangarei Heads.
I am a proud mama to Rodger (my dog) and the other animals at my house.
My passion in ECE is to create a fun learning environment where I can laugh and learn with your children.

Rennae Ashcroft

Teacher (Over 2s)
Kia Ora, My name is Rennae Ashcroft. I am an unregistered teacher here at Norfolk Street. I am a mother of two beautiful girls. I have lived in Whangarei since day dot. I love to be around my family and friends. I also enjoy being outdoors exploring. I have always had a passion for children and having the opportunity to work alongside them and being able to explore with them is exciting for me. In the future I hope to extend this passion and become a registered teacher. I am really excited to get to know each child and their whanau. I look forward to meeting you all.

Anna Cooper

Teacher (Under 3s)
Kia ora
I am Anna Cooper. I'm 20 years old and currently an unregistered Early Childhood Teacher. I wish to further my passion for ECE by starting my ECE degree in this coming year. I have ridden horses for the past 18 years, and currently play hockey at premier level. Throughout my sporting years I taught all ages to ride horses and play hockey. I have an older brother Henry who I live with who plays first class cricket.

I look forward to sharing my work with you and hearing your thoughts.

Samara Watts

Teacher (Under 3s)
Kia ora. My name is Samara. I joined the Educare Norfolk Street team as an unregistered teacher in July 2017.
After a 20 year OE, I have returned home to raise my family, which is currently one very busy and energetic toddler.
I have worked with all ages of children, in my experiences as a private maternity nurse and nanny, as well as within childcare centres.
I look forward to bringing my passion of healthy and nutritious food choices for children, to the team and you. Strong bodies = strong minds.

Tess Robertson

Kia ora, i’m Tess, I am originally from the South Island but have lived in Auckland most of my life. Making the move to Whangarei was one of the best decisions I have made as I love the beach and I get in that beautiful ocean whenever I can.
I am a mother of a beautiful boy Leo, who is my absolute world, he has sparked my interest in early childhood education.
I am a trained primary school teacher and have always had a passion for education, I am hoping to further my study completing a postgraduate in early childhood education.
I can’t wait to get to know all of your wonderful children and whānau. I feel very privileged and excited to help to create an enjoyable, nurturing environment full of laughter and learning experiences.