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.

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.

Courtney Pettifer

Team Leader, Provisionally Registered Teacher
I have always had a passion for working with young tamariki. I believe that all tamariki learn and develop at different times and I am able to provide them with the resources, support and tools to develop and grow.
Outside of work I enjoy doing 4wheel driving with my family, playing netball and looking after my nephews.
I grew up in Kerepehi and moved to Huntly with my partner 3 years ago.
I am looking forward to learning and teaching alongside all the tamariki and kaiako at Educare Taupiri.

Jerine Anub

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I’m Jerine. I grew up in South-Eastern Philippines. I moved to New Zealand in 2014 to learn about different cultures, and now live in Hamilton.
Teaching runs in my blood, as i have many relatives that are teachers as well, and I am a fully registered ECE teacher.
I believe that children need to have a sense of belonging, security and to be respected to be able to explore their environment. I am looking forward to learning alongside your children.

Cris Tao

Registered Teacher
Ko Cris taku ingoa
Ko China te Whenua
Ko PanShan te Maunga
Ko Haihe te awa
Tena Kautou
Kia ora, my name is Xuejun Tao and my English name is Cris. I am an easy-going person who likes to talk to others and participate in lots of activities. I really look forward to building reciprocal relationships with all tamariki, parents and whānau.
I am very happy to share with you about myself and my Chinese culture. Please do not hesitate to ask me anything.

Katleigh Hewetson

Provisionally 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.

Tyler Peters

Teacher in Training - Year 3
Kia ora, I am a passionate kaiako who loves supporting, guiding and nurturing your tamariki as they flourish into confident and competent learners. As we strive towards reaching goals and aspirations set for your tamariki, I aim to provide experiences and opportunities that encourage a love of learning, as well as the essential skills a child needs to be confident in their world. I will empower your tamariki to be creative, risk takers, promoting positive attitudes and values that lead to open ended, authentic learning experiences.
At home I have two tamariki of my own, my daughter Harlow and son Nikau who both attend Rototuna primary school in Hamilton. We are family focussed, enjoy spending our spare time with one another - playing sport, visiting extended whānau and making new memories

Tasha Mahara

Teacher in Training - Year 3
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.
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.

Naomi Bidois

Van Driver / Support Teacher
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Tainui to Iwi
Ko Ngati wairere te hapu
Ko Hukanui te Marae.
I am a mother of 4 and have a passion for working with children. I also enjoy netball, reading, and spending time with whānau and friends. I have the privilege to drive your precious tamariki to and from Taupiri Educare in the Educare Bus.