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The Albert Street Team

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

Jo Brown

Centre Manager
Kia ora my name is Jo. I am the Centre Manager at Educare Albert Street. I have been a teacher for nearly 20 years and have worked in all areas of ECE from home based to University lecturing. I have a Masters of Education with a strong emphasis on kaupapa philosophy and Tikanga Maori. I live locally in Pukekohe with my husband and teenage daughter. We have a passion for sports and the gym which is quite often where we spend our time. We are also car enthusiasts particularly American muscle cars, and also enjoy being out and about in them. My passion is creating a natural and sustainable, yet safe and nurturing environment for tamariki that is a home away from home and being a mentor for my team to strive to be the best teachers for the tamariki in our care.

Gwyneth Jones

Registered Teacher, Head Teacher Over 2s
Kia ora, the values I hold dear to me are relationships with whānau and teaching, which go hand in hand. I keep myself up to date with current educational trends to ensure my teaching practice is relevant to the needs of children today.
I have a degree in ECE which I gained through MIT.
I was born in Napier, and have a large extended family and live in rural Pokeno with my son. I love animals, and have chickens, two cats, fish and a cockatiel, and a guinea fowl. My hobbies are gardening, hiking, creative art, and vintage cars. I get great joy from observing a child’s happiness in the classroom, learning to support their special qualities and with gentle guidance, contribute to their day by providing them with an exciting, safe environment enabling them to learn, laugh and play.

Tracy Benjamin

Registered Teacher
I’m Tracy, a qualified Primary School Teacher specialising in Early Childhood Education. I have my bachelor degree in Education that I completed in South Africa. I've been teaching for 10 years and I believe in teaching our tamariki from their interests and extending their learning through play and experiences. I strongly believe in teaching little minds independence skills and getting to know them in depth to extend their learning. 
I'm married to a wonderful man and a mother of two boys. We immigrated here from South Africa in January 2019. We enjoy exploring the country in our free time visiting the beautiful beaches and doing outdoor activities.
I'm excited to be part of the Educare Albert Street team, and look forward to getting to know the tamariki and their whānau.

Kerry-Anne Greaves

Teacher in Training
Kia Ora tatou, my name is Kerry-Anne. I started out my ECE career in Brisbane in 2013, where I lived with my partner and two daughters. I did my certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care while I was there.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my extended whānau, exploring out and about with my children and shopping.
I am currently in my first year of study toward my Bachelor of Teaching in ECE, as I want to be able to be the best teacher I can be for our tamariki.
One aspect I love about my job is, when children persevere with a challenge and the moment they figure it out their faces beam with pride and a sense of achievement.

Madelein Coetzee

Teacher
Kia Ora, I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education while we were still residing in South Africa. I am married to my wonderful husband (who is also a teacher), and we have one boy, called Luan, who we totally adore – our little busy bee. We left South Africa a few years ago and have been living abroad for a while. We recently moved to NZ after residing and teaching in the UAE. I am a kind and caring person who shows immense care for each child. I am looking forward to welcoming your child to the Educare Albert Street whānau.

Olivia Bailey

Nutritionist
Kia ora my name is Olivia. I’m super excited to join the team here at Albert St.
As a nutritionist/chef/ mum I believe as children grow and learn they need vitamins and minerals from food that is healthy and nutritional. This supports them throughout their day to remain focused, settled and engaged.
It’s an important part of my job to develop healthy eating habits from a young age. So sharing what we know is a part of the importance of healthy eating. I can play my part in this with my knowledge in food nutrition, food preparation, meal planning, dietary and cultural requirements, food handling and preparation. I look forward to the new challenges of my new role here.

Sarah McLean

Administrator
Kia Ora, I’m Sarah the centre administrator at Educare Albert Street. Working in early childhood has always been a passion of mine. I live in Pukekawa with my husband to two beautiful children. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach and on adventures.