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.
I was born and raised in Dargaville and have a strong connection with my whānau and whenua. I gained my Early Childhood Diploma and more recently my Bachelor of Education.
I have a passion for Te Ao Māori and implementing tikanga te reo Māori within my teaching practice and home environment. This is an ongoing journey that has strongly connected my own tamariki with their Māori culture. Whakawhanaungatanga, manākitanga and kotahitanga are core tikanga concepts I weave through my practice when connecting with whānau, tamariki kaiako, and Te Ao.
I enjoy seeking opportunities to strengthen and develop my kete of knowledge, I strive to instil a love for learning in tamariki and whānau.
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.