The Hikurangi Team

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

Kelsi Dean

Centre Manager
Kia ora,
My name is Kelsi Dean and I am one of your kaiako here at Hikurangi Educare.
I have my Bachelors in teaching (ECE) and am a fully registered teacher who has been working in ECE for 10 years.
I live locally with my husband who is a dairy farmer and I also work on the farm on weekends.
I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki as we embark on this journey of learning and development together.

Jenny Heke

Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Jenny, I am a fully registered teacher and have my diploma in Early Childhood Education.
I am also a mother of three and a grandmother of five. I am also the owner of two dogs, one cat, one cockatiel and three very fat hens.
My interests are baking and gardening and I like to incorporate these into our program. I am also passionate about the environment and care about all living things.

Kim Chevolleau

Registered Teacher
Nau te rouru, naku te rouru, Ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket, we will feed the people.
Kia ora, My name is Kim, I am a fully registered teacher, have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and have been involved within Early Childhood Education here and abroad since 1989, working in Kindergartens, pre-schools and childcare centres. I was born and raised in Whangarei and have two grown children. I also have one cat named Scrappy.
I am passionate about music and the enjoyment and creativity it provides to the tamariki. I especially love watching children grow and learn and develop into strong individuals with knowledge to create and explore their environment. I look forward to meeting all the whanau at Educare Hikurangi and working with your tamariki.

Caitlin Spear

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Caitlin. I am a fully registered teacher, experienced with infants and toddlers in both private and kindergarten settings. I grew up in Whangarei, Maungatapere, and then moved down to Hamilton for university and ended up staying there for 12 years. In that time, I did a Bachelor of Management Studies, Graduate Diploma of ECE, got married and had two babies, Olivia and Joshua. We decided to come home to Whangarei to be near our families and raise our children. My interests outside of work include reading, cooking, and exploring outside with the kids. I also am passionate about photography and have been photographing families for the past two years. I am excited to be at Educare Hikurangi and working with the infants and building caring and nurturing relationships.

Tara-Lee Mooney

Teacher in Training
Kia ora I’m Tara-Lee, a Teacher-in-Training here at Educare Hikurangi. I worked as a Nanny in Auckland for six years before starting my Bachelor of teaching in ECE and returning home to Whangarei. I highly value a culture of kindness which shows through my work with children and I love to be outdoors with children. In my spare time you will find me at the beach, under a tree with a good book, or in the kitchen cooking up something creative. I look forward to forming relationships with children, their families and fellow kaiako.

Julie-Ann Pilmer

Kia ora,
My name is Julie-Ann and I am an unregistered teacher working part-time at Hikurangi Educare.
I have three adult children and own two cats and one dog. I live on the farm I grew up on in Hukerenui, I love looking after it.
I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.