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 2s
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.

Lisa Parsonage

Provisionally Registered Teacher (Over 2s)
Starting my own family with my husband Paul sparked an intense love and interest in young people and their development and how to best prepare them for further learning in their lives. To help achieve this l studied with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and attained my Bachelor of Teaching Degree.
Before and during my studies and spending time with my children before starting school l was busy gaining many valuable experiences including working as a relief teacher in kindergarten and as an education support worker working with autistic children in early childhood and primary school.
In my spare time l live outdoors, going to the beach and attending surf club, rugby, netball and my husband and l race long races in our yacht.

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.

Laurel White

Teacher (Over 2s)
Hello, I am Laurel White. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I live on a lifestyle block just south of Whangarei with my partner Shaun and our little boy Quinn.
I have always had a passion for working with children. I enjoy sharing their learning and watching them make discoveries through their play. I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.

Rennae Ashcroft

Teacher (Under 3s)
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.