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.

Diane Mitchell

Registered Teacher
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ko Ngati Wairere te hapu
Ko Hukanui te marae
Ko Diane toku ingoa.
Born and bred in a small town at the bottom of the South Island I moved to the Mighty Waikato with my husband Royston and daughters Tori and Lia after completing my Early Childhood training at Dunedin in 2004. I go by Di.
I have been privileged to teach many children from different backgrounds and work alongside wonderful inspirational teachers and families so I look forward to adding to those memories here at Educare Taupiri. I am living locally in Orini, and I like to encourage children to become independent, confident, and resilient learners.

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.

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.

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.

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