The Kaiapoi Team

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

Aletta Duff

Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Aletta and have lived in North Canterbury for most of my adult life. I live with my husband and two adult daughters and also have a son that has settled in the North Island. I enjoy spending time at home on our lifestyle property and play cello in my spare time. I have been involved within the Early Childhood Sector for the last 20 years both as a teacher and within leadership positions. I have a Bachelor of Teaching ECE and will be working towards a Master of Educational Leadership.I am passionate about the way children learn through their curiosity and their ability to explore and refine their working theories.

Vanessa Mahaki

Assistant Manager, Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is Vanessa.
I live in North Canterbury and was raised in Central Otago.
I have been teaching for more than 17 years and I have a Diploma in Early Childhood.
I live with my husband, three boys and dog ruby. We like to spend lots of time outdoors, camping, fishing and traveling.
I love working with tamariki and providing a warm, nurturing, respectful environment.

Michelle Gleave

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, Ko Michele toku ingoa.
I am originally from the North Island but class North Canterbury as my home, where I have lived since 2008 with my husband and daughter. I have being teaching for the past 15 years. During my spare time I enjoy taking photos of children and families, baking and spending time with my family. We love to get outdoors riding, walking, exploring and travelling our amazing country.
I feel that each child should be seen as an individual, as no one is the same they are all unique and amazing in their own way. I feel that communication with whānau and families is the key to developing an amazing whanaungatanga with tamariki.

Abby Tichbourne

Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Abby, I moved from Christchurch to North Canterbury in my adult life and became involved in playcentre when my children were young. Having a passion for Early Childhood, I very quickly became a Qualified Playcentre Supervisor, then moved onto getting my Diploma in Early Childhood.
I have four adult children; and we all I have a passion for mountain biking around our awesome local river tracks. Other hobbies of mine are horse treks, walking my dog, and I also enjoy playing my baritone uke.
Teaching young children is one of the most rewarding jobs of all, providing them a welcoming, calm an environment with rich learning opportunities empowers the tamariki to become curious and competent adventurous learners. I am looking forward to getting to know you all!

Mariam Alkaisi

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Mariam and I live in North Canterbury with my husband and our cat Nutmeg. My interests include horses, dancing, animals and nature. I also have a strong passion in science and looking after our environment. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching in 2019 and I am provisionally qualified. I have three nieces that I love spending time with and seeing how much they grow, and ever since I have loved working alongside children. I am excited to be a part of the Educare community and can’t wait to get to know all of you better while I continue on my journey to becoming fully qualified.

William McDonald

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is William, I was born and raised in Kaiapoi and I currently live with my parents, sister and my two cats Frankie and Toby.
I agree that each child is able to learn in their own way, and that I will be able to support each child’s individual needs.
I have been interested in Early Childhood from a young age, especially having younger cousins whom I spent a lot of time with.

Jo Anders

Unregistered Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is Jo.
I live in North Canterbury with my husband and three boys.
I enjoy gardening, baking, crafting and exploring this beautiful country with my family.
I am originally from Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand with my family.
I love working with tamariki, nurturing and supporting them to grow into the independent, talented and creative little people that they will become.

Amanda Flanagan

Kia ora, my name is Amanda. I’m a mum of 3 boys. I am born and raised in Christchurch, and have lived in Woodend since 2014. My passion is cooking and baking, and I love to try out new delicious recipes. I can’t wait to share them all with the Educare Kaiapoi whānau.

Jamie-Lee McIndoe

Kia ora, My name is Jamie and I live with my husband Pete, our two daughters Bailey and Evie and our cat Sooty. I was born and raised in Christchurch and I love the community spirit of North Canterbury. I have worked as a Centre Administrator for over 6 years now and I am currently studying towards my degree in Social Work.