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.

Jenny McIntosh

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.

Monica Campbell

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Monica. I have worked in ECE for 7 years and I am provisionally registered. I live in Whangarei and have a one year old daughter who attends Educare. I enjoy working in ECE and watching as young children grow and develop and achieve milestones. I also enjoy listening to childrens stories and observing as their imaginations blossom.

Shannon Ward

Teacher in Training - Year 2
Kia ora my name is Shannon ward, I am 24 years of age. I live locally in Ruakaka, I am currently in my second year of study for my Bachelor of Teaching degree. I am a creative person that loves to have fun! I have always had a passion for working with tamariki and am now pursuing that dream.
I have been with Educare Bream bay for three years and relieving here before that, I have enjoyed all my years here and look forward to the journey ahead.
“A teacher affects eternity; (s)he can never tell where (her)his influence stops” Henry Brooks Adams.

Kowhai Allen

Teacher in Training - Year 1
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

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.