The Okara Team
This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Okara. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.
Centre Manager - Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Shay Glamuzina.
I began my journey as an ECE teacher in 2005, and have worked for Educare since 2010, with experience in the Under 2 age group and 3-4 year age group at other Educare centres. I have been a teacher here at Educare Okara since July 2012. I live locally with my husband Anton and our three young children Dayna, Asha and Milla.
I am qualified with a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). I am a fully registered teacher and hold a current First Aid Certificate. I am passionate about the early years and enjoy the special time I have working alongside; and making discoveries with you and your children. My favourite thing to do is to be with my family and friends at some of our beautiful coastal spots in the North. Shay is currently on maternity leave.
Team Leader Under 2s - Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Cheri Taylor and I am lucky enough to be one of the Early Childhood Teachers here at Okara Educare.
I have my Bachelor’s Degree in teaching (Early Childhood) and have many years worth of teaching experience. I also have my first aid certificate and I am a fully registered teacher. I live here in Whangarei with my husband Joel and our tamariki Ruby and Noah.
I look forward to getting to know you as we continue learning and teaching alongside and with each other, your tamariki and your Whānau.
Team Leader Over 3s - Registered Teacher
Kia ora tatou. My name is Kelsi and I am the Head Teacher of the Over 3’s area here at Educare Okara.
I have my Bachelor of Education (ECE), I am a fully registered teacher, and I have a current first aid certificate. I live in Whangarei on a farm with my husband Jared.
I really enjoy working at Educare Okara and building awesome whanaungatanga with the tamariki and their whānau.
Kia ora tatou ko Karen Lee toku ingoa.
I am a full-time teacher here at Okara Educare.
I have been working for Educare since June 2010. I have a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood through Open polytechnic. I have lived in Whangarei most of my life and love it here.
My passion is Te Reo Māori and I look forward to sharing this with you and your children as we learn together.
Kia ora my name is Nicole Wallace, I am 23 years old and I am one of the teachers in the over 3's area.
I am qualified with my Bachelor of Education as a provisionally registered teacher. I have been working in Educare for 5 years now and look forward to the years to come! I look forward to getting to know you all and working alongside your tamariki.
I have a Bachelor of Education and I am a registered teacher. I began working at Okara Educare in July 2015. I look forward to getting to know your child on this learning adventure.
Hi my name is Susan Hunter and I come from a farming background, born in Whangarei and married with four adult children, three living in Auckland and one in Tauranga, I am a grandmother of two boys and two girls. I completed my education after I had my children gaining my Diploma of teaching in 2003 and registered in 2005.
Training Teacher - Year 3
Kia Ora everyone. My name is Alyssa and I am one of the teachers in the Under 2’s area.
I am in my third year of study towards a bachelor of Education (ECE) throught Te Tari Puna.
I am excited to continue building relationships with all of you and your children and creating some fun experiences for your tamariki.
Alyssa is currently on Maternity Leave.
Training Teacher - Year 2
Kia Ora my name is Karla Macken, I am currently studying toward my Degree in teaching ECE. I really enjoy working with children and look forward to working alongside you and your tamariki.
Kia ora. I’m Karien Scholtz. I’m originally from South Africa.
My family and I immigrated to NZ in 2002. I have always had a passion to work with children and started my Diploma at the Open Polytechnic and graduated in 2012.
In 2011 we moved to Adelaide where I worked in a childcare centre, working with the under-two age group. I was very involved with the small children and was pleased to be part of their transformation through their development stages.
Circumstances changed for us and we moved back to NZ in 2015. My husband and I were born and bred on a farm and love the country feel of Whangarei.
I’ve been working with children for the past 13 years and I’m looking forward to working with all tamariki and whānau at Educare Okara.
I joined the Okara whānau in 2017 and am excited to work alongside you and your tamariki.
I hold a Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching (Primary). I am currently unregistered and am looking into upgrading my qualification to Early Childhood.
I was born and raised in Whangarei, leaving to study in Auckland then to Travel and work around the world.
Upon completing my Degree at Auckland College of Education, I went onto work as a relief teacher in schools and then as a Full time Nanny.
This was an amazing privilege, taking me around the world, working and living in Egypt, Bermuda, United Arab Emirates and the UK.
My husband and I moved back to NZ in 2015 when I was 7 months pregnant with our first baby, who now attends another Educare centre.