The Pukekohe Team

This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Pukekohe. 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 Pukekohe. 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 whanau 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.

Christina Eagle

Teacher in Training
Kia ora, I am a Teacher-In-Training here at Educare Pukekohe. I have great knowledge and experience in early childhood. Early childhood is my passion and drive. I have two beautiful children, Lucas & Keira. Whānau is everything to me. I am a very dedicated, fun, loyal, energetic women who loves the outdoors, adventures, swimming, sports, music and spending time with family and friends. I strongly believe children learn through play, nurture, guidance and aroha. I’m very proud to be a part of our whānau here at Educare Pukekohe and support our tamariki, parents, caregivers and community.

Rose-Michelle Leathem

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.


My name is Juliana and I am the nutritionist here at Educare Pukekohe. 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 Pukekohe. 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.