The Tikipunga Team
This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Tikipunga. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.
My journey to become a qualified early childhood teacher began with training as a primary teacher in Waikato. After graduating I worked for 17 years in both Kaitaia and Whangarei. I loved being a teacher, learning and working with children, so I decided to have one of my own. With my son being born in 2009 I was fascinated with how amazing our little tamariki are, this led me to quit my senior teachers role and work in early childhood.
While I worked, I gained an early childhood diploma in 2014, and I still get amazed everyday as I observe, play and learn alongside children, our tamariki are miharo!
I look forward to getting to know all the whānau and tamariki at Educare Tikipunga.
Originally from England I moved to New Zealand with my husband in 2005, and we made Whangarei our home. I qualified as an early childhood teacher in the UK and have experience working in English preschools and New Entrant classes. Since living in New Zealand I have had experience working in different centres in Whangarei, and have my teaching Diploma and Bachelor of Teaching Degree.
I also have my own three little kiwis Ivy, George and Pearl, and so understand the joys and stresses of being a mum. Pearl is also Educare Tikipunga with me.
Kia ora. My name is Christine Colls and I am one of the teachers in the Teina space.
Over the years I have gained experience in several centres around Whangarei and have a passion for working with infants and toddlers.
I have full teacher registration and a degree in Early Childhood Teaching.
I live on a lifestyle property with my horses, dogs and cats.
Kia ora my name is Robyn, I grew up in Kamo with my parents, grandparents and two sisters on a ¼ acre block. Most of this land was planted in fruit trees, an extensive vegetable garden and beautiful rockery gardens. From this I have developed a love of the natural world and am fascinated with bugs (although still scared of some). I hope I can share this passion with some of your children as I did my three girls. I look forward to getting to know more about you and your tamariki.
Provisionally Registered Teacher
My name is Mikaela, and I am a provisionally registered teacher. I was born in England, then spent my early childhood years in Rotorua, where my Mum's family is from. I moved to Whangarei in 2001, went to Morningside Primary School and then Pompallier Catholic College.
I have a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) from the University of Canterbury. After spending three and a half years living in Christchurch to study I returned to Whangarei in 2017. I am excited about working at Educare Tikipunga and with all the amazing tamariki within.
Teacher in Training
Hi everyone. My name is Daniel, I grew up in Rotorua and went to Western Heights High School. As a teenager I played hockey for Bay of Plenty and went on to play Midlands U21s in 2013 and now I play for Springfield in Whangarei. I completed my Bachelor of Sport and Leisure at the University of Waikato in 2014. I have been living in Whangarei since 2016. I am a new teacher with Educare and I am in the process of doing my Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood teaching through the New Zealand Tertiary College. I have a passion for travel, the outdoors and sports which I hope to include in my teaching practice.
Kia Ora! I’m Angie Hawke and I’m the nutritionist in the kitchen here at Educare Tikipunga. I am a born and bred Northlander, living in Whangarei all my life. I have 4 children, 3 of which have been through Educare Tikipunga before I worked here. I look forward to meeting your tamiriki and cooking delicious kai for them.