The Warkworth Team

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

Lisa Corteen

Centre Manager
Hi, my name is Lisa and I have lived in the local community for over ten years. I am originally from England and I qualified in NZ with a Diploma of Teaching in 2012.

I have been teaching for three years now and I am very passionate about early childhood learning, I love art and encouraging young children to express themselves visually and verbally. I have two boys who both attend Mahurangi College and I am very privileged to be a part of Educare Warkworth.

Barbara Bambery

Registered Teacher
Hi my name is Barbara Lois Bambery, I am a Registered Early Childhood Teacher
with a Bachelor Of Early Childhood (Teaching).

I have been working in Early Childhood for many years and enjoy working with this age group. Through noticing, recognising and responding I am able to plan and extend children and implement Te Whariki The Early Childhood Curriculum.

I have one son Jordan who is a qualified builder working in the busy city of Auckland,
where I was also based working in Early Childhood, I now look forward to working
locally. I look forward to getting to know the parents/whanau, children at
Educare Warkworth.

Sandra Pearce

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Sandra Pearce but most people call me Sandy. I recently moved from Bayswater to Matakana. I'm married and have three adult children.

I practiced as a registered nurse for many years before a career change. In 2011 I graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Education (ECE). I have been working full-time since mostly with infants and toddlers.

I'm really excited about joining the Warkworth teaching team and getting to know the children and their whanau.

Kelly Boyle

Registered Teacher
Ki ora, I’m Kelly. I was born and raised in West Auckland but have just recently moved to Warkworth with my husband Johnny and our children Brayden and Alivia. They both attend Warworth Primay School. We are very familiar with our new community as we have camped at Martin Bay for year, and glad to call Warkworth our new home.
I have a degree in ECE and will soon be fully registered. Working with children has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I really enjoy the care and nurture aspect of working with infants and toddlers and being part of their learning. I believe that the best way for young children to learn is through play and exploration.
I am look forward to getting to know you and your child here at Educare.

Coral Lester

Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Coral, I am a fully registered ECE teacher and have been involved in the ECE field since 1996.
I was born on the North Shore and moved to Taranaki in the late 70’s as a young Mum with three small children. I now live in Mangawhai and enjoy the country life. I am an out doorsy person who enjoys soaking up nature, walking my dogs, swimming and a bit of gardening. Opp shopping is also a favourite interest of mine. I firmly believe that tamariki develop thinking and making sense of their world through ‘play’ and ‘hands on learning’. I have a ‘can do attitude’ with the belief that tamariki are capable and competent learners.

Brieze Abrahams

Teacher in Training - Year 1
Hi, my name is Brieze I have lived in Warkworth most of my life. I spent my childhood living in Omaha and will soon be living in Point Wells.
After school, I worked in Hospitality but have always wanted to have a career working with children.

I have recently started my early childhood studies as it has always been my chosen career path. I am excited to be working with amazing children and getting to know them more and more each day!

Amber Holt

Kia Ora, my name is Amber. I recently moved to Warkworth from Queenstown with my husband and four children.
It is such a privilege to be part of the growth and learning of your children, they teach us a lot when we see the world through their fresh eyes.
Lucky for me, I get to start a new learning adventure with the amazing team at Educare Warkworth and play and learn with all the children each and every day.

Lindy Neumann

I am very excited to be part of the Educare Warkworth team as the nutritionist and part time reliever. Originally from the UK, I have lived in N Z since 1991, moving to Warkworth in 2002 with our four children. I was attracted to the small Warkworth community. I have for many years thought my perfect job would be to cook in an early childhood centre. Being able to cook for, and work with children, is like a dream come true.
Before starting my training as a cook, I worked in an early childhood centre in the UK. While my children were little I provided home-based childcare for friends returning to work. I have owned two food businesses in Warkworth. I am very much looking forward to cooking and caring for your children and hope to also be able to pass on to them my love for cooking.