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.
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.
Assistant Centre Manager Registered Teacher
My name is Leigh Peace and I live with my husband, Steve and my two beautiful daughters, Amber who is 20 and Kassi who is four, in Pukekohe.
I began my teaching journey as a primary teacher and taught in that sector for eight years. I then moved onto ECE just before I got married and have been teaching in ECE now for 7 years.
My passion for teaching continues into my free time, As you'll also find me every week night, teaching both young and old karate at the Art of Shotokan dojo where I continue my teaching journey.
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.
Kia Ora, my name is Maree Mitchell. I live in Onewhero with my son Alex who is primary school age. I enjoy friends and family and love farming and gardening. I am a passionate teacher and have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have had many years of teaching experience and have a good knowledge about our curriculum and a deep understanding of Early Childhood Education.
I’m looking forward to meeting your whānau and Tamariki.
I have a special connection with the Pukekohe community and look forward to getting involved with your children’s learning.
Kia ora, my name is Nicola. I have always had a passion for the children, which lead me to this choice as my career. I have been in the Early childhood education sector for 11 ½ years. My passion is with the infants where I strive to lead and encourage children to be capable and confident learners.
I am currently living in Pukekohe with my husband and together we are raising our two children aged 4 and 1.
I look forward to being part of the team at Educare Pokeno, helping guide our tamariki while building strong relationships through their learning journey with us.
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.
Kia ora, i’m Amelia and I’m a teacher in the under 2’s room. I moved to Pukekohe in 2019 from Hamilton and began working at an after school care. I have always known I wanted to work with young children, and plan to start studying to become a qualified teacher in the next few years.
I come from very sports driven family and have tried out at least 10 different sports. The only one that has stuck is football. In my spare time you can find me playing football (social league in the winter and 5 a side in the summer) or watching the English Premier League, sometimes at 3am if it’s the team I support.
I look forward to learning as much as I can from my co-workers and meeting all the whānau.
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.
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.
Sarah is currently on maternity leave.