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, Registered Teacher
Kia ora ko Jo taku ingoa. I live in Pukekohe with my husband and have an adult daughter at university.Early childhood is my passion and I have been involved in the sector for over 20 years ranging from university lecturer to Area Manager roles. I have my Masters of Education which focused on a kaupapa philosophy and Te Ao Maori within education and this is important that this is incorporated in my practice and leadership.
Empowering kaiako to provide the best learning outcome for tamariki is vital and I believe in ensuring tamariki have a voice and are in a learning environment that empowers their needs and wants.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening and American muscle cars. I look to being involved in your child’s journey at Educare.

Avneet Kaur

Registered Teacher
Sat Sri Akal and Namaste!
My name is Avneet Kaur. I am from New Delhi, India. I began teaching in 2008. I absolutely love working with kids and I believe that children learn through their environment and if we set them free with their creativity, they can do wonders.
I will do my best each day to give your child relevant knowledge, the courage to try new things and the curiosity to be the best they can be. I plan for us to have a lot of fun in this learning journey here at Educare Albert Street.
I have been married since 2002. My husband’s name is Jasmeet, he has a very kind personality, and I have 2 lovely children Jasvin and Jaivi. In my spare time I enjoy writing and spending time with my family!


Registered Teacher
Kia ora, namaste! I’m Purnima. I’m a qualified teacher in the pre-schoolers room. I am a very passionate and bubbly kaiako. I love my role as an educator, and an advocate for children, and enjoy the challenges that it brings me each day that helps me to better my practice. I value the right of each and every individual child, to be emotionally, psychologically and physically safe. I strive for a nurturing environment that is inclusive and respective for everyone. I look forward to working alongside my team, whānau and community.

Chetna Badham

Registered Teacher
Hello, my name is Chetna. I am originally from India. I graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and studied for a Bachelor
of Education - teaching Early Childhood. I have also studied and received my Deaf Certificate. My interests are art craft, cooking, hiking outdoors and swimming.

Yi-Chun Yu

Registered Teacher
My name is Yi-Chun. I come from Taiwan, a little Island in South-East Asia. I live in Pukekohe with my husband and two children.
I am a qualified registered teacher. I have been teaching in Early Childhood Education since 2013.
I love being with children and seeing their growth through everyday teaching.
My philosophy is that each child is a unique human being. They have different ways of thinking and doing things. Respecting and treating tamariki fairly according to their needs is the main key for me. Children are capable and competent learners. Playing is one of the best ways for children to develop and to gain essential knowledge and life skills. I am very happy to carry on my teaching and being part of the Educare Kitchener Road team.

Aimie Riva

Kia Ora! I'm Aimie, and I'm thrilled to introduce myself as the teacher in the Nursery Room at Educare Albert Street.
I just relocated to New Zealand from overseas. Although I'm originally from the Philippines, I had the chance to spend five years living and working in Singapore as an Early Childhood Teacher.
In line with my educational philosophies, I use age-appropriate strategies to keep children engaged, and I think play is fundamental.
As they advance to the next stage of their educational journey, I'm eager to collaborate with all of you in assisting the children in our care in realising their full potential and fostering lifelong learnings.