The Bream Bay Team

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

Rachelle Nilsen

Centre Manager
Ko Rachelle taku ingoa. I recently moved from Auckland to Ruakaka to be close to my family and this beautiful part of Aotearoa . I have 3 children; Michaela, Daniel and George and also have a beautiful granddaughter, Ruby-Lou.
I have been a kaiako for 15 years. I started as an unqualified teacher and immediately felt a passion for children's meaningful learning experiences. I gained a Diploma of Teaching through Open Polytechnic, giving me a deeper understanding of children's development and early childhood theory and how to incorporate it into my teaching practice.
I enjoy being in nature; walking, camping, campfires, fishing, diving, reading a good book, cooking and Sunday family drives. I look forward to sharing your child's early childhood journey.

Kelsey Burgess

Team Leader, Registered Teacher
Kia ora whānau, my name is Kelsey Burgess, I am a qualified and registered ECE teacher and have been teaching since graduating from the University of Auckland in 2010.
In December 2019, I moved up to the sunny north from Auckland to be closer to my whānau who all live locally to the area. I feel so lucky to be living in such a beautiful place after spending so many of my childhood holidays here.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and whānau, photography, travelling, singing, and reading.
I am excited to be embarking on a new journey here at EducareBream Bay, and really look forward to getting to know all of the tamariki and whānau here.

Jenny McIntosh

Team Leader, Registered Teacher
Kia ora, i’m Jenny McIntosh, I’m a mother to four beautiful tamariki all of whom go to school in the Bream Bay area.
I have been teaching for the last 18 years, and have lived in both Ruakaka and One Tree Point. I’ve enjoyed working in both the primary and early childhood sector of education and am thrilled to become a permanent member of the Educare whānau.
“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.”

Tanya McFetridge-Taula

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Tanya McFetridge-Taula. My family and I moved here from Auckland, where I had been working in Early Childhood since 1999. I have a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Education, a post graduate diploma in Primary Teaching and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I have two amazing daughters, Mackenzie who attends Bream Bay College, and Emma who goes to Ruakaka Primary. Before beginning my journey with Educare Bream Bay, I worked at One Tree Point Primary, which I really enjoyed, but decided to come back to Early Childhood as that's where my passion is. I love being here and am excited to continue learning and growing alongside your tamariki.

Kylie Newson

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Kylie and I feel very happy about being part of the teaching team and whanau at Educare Bream Bay.
I have been living in and around Whangarei since 2010, but I am originally from Bundaberg, Australia.
I have worked in Early Childhood Education for most of my adult life and it is something that I have always been passionate about. I have two adult sons who live in Australia.
I have my Bachelor of Teaching-ECE and I really enjoyed learning about all the different perspectives of ECE, as well as the bi-cultural aspect of Aotearoa New Zealand. At home I like to relax and care for our animals which includes two goats, plus a few rescue animals. Please feel free to come and say hi! I really look forward to getting to know you and your child here.

Chanel Scott

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora whānau, my name is Chanel and I am a provisionally registered teacher here at Educare Bream Bay. I completed my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education through Unitec at the end of 2019.
I have a special interest in the outdoors, teaching tamariki how to grow plants and looking after the environment. I also like to weave with harakeke and teach the tamariki the tikanga around using it.
I enjoy craft work, gardening, taking the dog for a walk, fishing and going out on the jetski.
I’m really enjoying working here at the centre and working with the tamariki and their whānau.

Kowhai Allen

My name is Kowhai Teataroa Allen. I am currently studying towards my Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
I was born in Rawene and grew up in the Hokianga. I moved away to join the Army when I was 18 years old. I have two children and after my second child I decided to become an early childhood teacher.
I moved back to the North from Mt Maunganui recently, and now live in One Tree Point. I am looking forward to working with your tamariki at Educare Bream Bay.

Rachel Brears

Teacher in Training
Kia ora, I'm Rachel and I've been working here at Educare Bream Bay since May 2016. I've lived in Ruakaka all of my life. I have two children; Kauri who started his early childhood journey here at Educare alongside of a few of our teachers who are still here teaching today. I also have a younger son Brooklyn.

Having my own children has sparked this new journey towards Early Childhood Education, and I can't wait to learn more through study next year. I am looking forward to meeting you and working alongside your tamariki.

Rachel Berry

Hi my name is Rachel Berry. I live at One Tree Point with my son Jacob. We both enjoy the beautiful beaches of Ruakaka.

Karen Loft

Kia ora, my name is Karen. My husband and I along with our teenage daughter moved to sunny Northland in 2017, and reside in One Tree Point. For most of my working career I have been in the Banking and Administration industry. I love being part of the Educare Bream Bay Team. All the teachers are lovely and the best part is the daily interaction with the tamariki and meeting and getting to know the whānau in my community.