The Taupiri Team

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

Gillian Rajan

Centre Owner, Regional Manager
I am married to Luke and we have three children; Helen, Elizabeth and Reuben. Luke was born in Kerala, India and both of us worked at Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre, where we met. I was a secondary school teacher and I taught Biology, Horticulture and junior Science. I studied at the University of Waikato where I completed the Graduate Diploma of Teaching-Early childhood, and have a particular interest in working with children to explore the world around them. I am the Owner of Educare Taupiri so please feel free to come to me with any questions. Apart from spending precious time with family and friends, my interests are my garden, sport (especially hockey), reading and our lifestyle block just outside of Hamilton. I look forward to working with you.

Megan Haynes

Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
I am a Qualified ECE registered teacher who has 5 years’ experience. I am very passionate about teaching young children and love how every day is different and exciting. I am a creative, outgoing and fun person who will enjoy playing, exploring and learning alongside your children. My family is very important to me, I have two brothers, one older and one younger. We grew up on a farm, in Katikati with the beach very close, so I love being outdoors.

Leah Pollock

Registered Teacher
He mihi nui kia koutou
Ko Tainui tōku waka
Ko Taupiri tōku maunga
Ko Waikato tōku awa
Ko Ngati te Ata tōku iwi
Ko Leah Pollock toku ingoa
E wha aku tamariki
Ko au he kaiako ki te kohongahonga o Educare Taupiri
No reira tēna koutou tēna koutou tēna tatou katoa

Charmaine Anderson

Team Leader, Registered Teacher
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Pirongia te maunga
Ko Waipa te awa
Ko Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Ngāti Rora te hapu
Ko Te Tokanga-nui-a-noho te marae
Ko Shakaia, raua Ko Riki, Jordan, Levi oku tamariki
E mahi ana ahau ki Educare Taupiri
E noho ana ahau ki Horotiu
Ko Charmaine Anderson toku ingoa
No reira tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa.
Kia ora, I’m Charmaine Anderson Head Teacher of the infants/toddlers for Educare Taupiri. I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching degree. I have a passion for teaching children in early childhood and supporting children as they learn and grow in the early years of their journey.

Katleigh Hewetson

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I have been working with special needs children since I was 16 years old. This is where I found my passion for working with children. I believe that it is important to ensure that we provide a rich environment as the third teacher for the children explore. I am from Ngaruawahia and recently moved back with my family from Auckland. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends, family and spend time outdoors. I love to travel and see what the rest of the world has to offer. I look forward to supporting children and their whanau in their Early Childhood journey.

Tasha Mahara

Registered Teacher
Tena koutou katoa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Karioi te Maunga
Ko Aotea te Moana
Ko Ngati te wehi te Hapu
Ko Waikato te Iwi
Ko Okapu te Marae
Ko Tasha toku ingoa
no reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa
Kia ora koutou, I have recently finished studying my degree in Early Childhood Education. I am a passionate person, who loves to support our tamariki to become confident and competent learners. I know it is important for all children and whānau to feel a sense of belonging and their well-being is nurtured to be able to grow into rangatira of tomorrow. As a teacher, these are developed through positive relationships and respectful communications and are recognised to support teachers, children and whānau. I look forward to sharing special moments with everybody at Educare Taupiri.

Georgia Lichtwark

Teacher in Training (Year 3)
Kia ora, I have been a part of this amazing centre for the past two years. I am in my final year of study towards a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) at the University of Waikato. I grew up not far from here on a farm in Whitikahu. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, baking, and art. I enjoy working alongside young children and their families. I believe in providing a safe, nurturing environment for young children to explore and grow in. I look forward to growing as a developing teacher and learning more off the amazing teachers here at Educare Taupiri.

Claire Rogers

Nutritionist and Teacher
My name is Claire. I have been working at the Taupiri Educare for the past two years; prior to that I was front of house at the Hillside Hotel in Huntly. I spent approx. five years working there.
I lived in Sweden for twenty two years after moving there at age 19.
Various jobs were undertaken which included waitressing and running my own business as a nail technician. The majority of that time was spent as a personal assistant/nanny to a prominent American family.
Also I am a certified massage therapist in my spare time.
My interests are golf and tennis and enjoy walking my two dogs.
Do try to spend as much time as I can with family.

Tukatahi Te Aoturoua

Van Driver