The Kaiapoi Team
This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Kaiapoi. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.
Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I have lived in Canterbury for most of my life and currently live in North Canterbury with my husband on a lifestyle block where we have a variety of animals including horses, goats, pigs and chickens and I have three adult children. I have been involved within the Early Childhood Sector for over 20 years both as a teacher and within different leadership positions. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching ECE and a Masters of Educational Leadership.
I am passionate about the way children learn through their curiosity and their ability to explore and refine their working theories. I also enjoy mentoring our kaiako to grow and develop their own teaching practice to be the best teachers they can be.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with our animals, playing cello and doing DIY projects.
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.
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.
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!
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 for science and looking after our environment. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching in 2019 and I am fully qualified. I have four nieces with another one on the way!!
I love the way children make their own imagination in their play and I love joining in as well.
Kia ora, my name is Will, I was born and raised in Kaiapoi so getting to give back to the community and help raise the next generation of Kaiapoi children is truly special.
I recently moved out to Waipara with my family and our cat Frankie and have enjoyed the change in location.
I gained my Bachelors in Teaching (ECE) in 2021 and became a fully registered teacher in May 2023
Ko Maddie toku ingoa.
Hello everyone, I am Maddie! I have been working with children in various ECE settings over the past 15 years. This includes nannying overseas, home caring and preschool/nursery settings. My passion is all ages as I love watching babies grow into young children and find their own personalities through play and learning. Outside of work I enjoy a lot of cooking and crafting/art. I love using these hobbies within my job as I think they are great skills and passions to share with children.
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.