The Kensington Park Team

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

Jess Kneebone 

Centre Manager
Kia Ora my name is Jess Kneebone, I have lived in Northland since I was young moving here from Waihi beach, I am so grateful for the town we live in. I am passionate about physical activity and enjoy being active and spending time with my friends on the weekend.
I am currently a kaiako in the Tuakana whānau and completed my early childhood degree in 2018 through the Open Polytechnic. I look forward to meeting you and your tamariki and supporting you to build a sense of belonging in our ataahua centre. 

Heidi Hammann

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, after moving from Queensland Australia to beautiful Aotearoa from an early age I spent my childhood growing up in the small Northern township of Kaeo. I graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand in 2012 before moving to Perth, where I lived for 4 years with my partner. After missing our whānau and deciding that NZ was where we belonged, we moved back in early 2017.
I spend a lot of my spare time outdoors and love hiking the trails through the rich New Zealand Ngahere.
It wasn’t until I started working in childcare that I discovered my love and passion for working with tamariki. Each day I am fascinated by what they bring with them, whether it be a new skill, a new thought/idea or a story to share. Heidi is currently on maternity leave.

Anna Patu

Registered Teacher
Kia ora koutou, I live in Kamo with my husband and two of our children. As a family we love to spend time at our family bach, fishing and relaxing and I also try to keep fit playing hockey in the weekends.
I have recently returned to Kensington Park and feel like I’ve come home again.  The children, teachers and whānau have been so welcoming and I receive a great sense of whanaungatanga coming into the centre each Tuesday.
I love seeing the children grow and become confident within themselves.  What fun we have as we play, laugh and learn alongside each other.