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. Jess is currently on maternity leave.

Anna Mackie

Acting Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
Kia ora koutou, my name is Anna Mackie and I have lived in Whangarei nearly all of my life with a few over sea stays including Australia and Canada. Since moving back to Whangarei I feel a sense of belonging and happiness. I am a permanent kaiako here at Kensington Park and strongly believe this is the centre for myself as it has a tight whānau feel, which is part of my philosophy. It is always a great feeling watching the tamariki learn alongside of their e hoa through play and I am excited to be apart of their first few crucial years of their life.

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.

Brooke Olsen

My name is Brooke, I am unqualified but have been working in childcare since 2022, and love watching the tamariki learn, grow and have fun. I am so excited to meet you, your tamariki and whānau, and to learn about who they are in the world. 
I am really looking forward to working along this awesome team and learning from the amazing kaiako. I love learning new things and can’t wait for all the fun adventures that are to come here at Educare Kensington Park! I live out in Ngunguru with my whānau, and spend a lot of my spare time on the beach and in the water. I love going for walks and spending as much time in nature as possible. I am a big family person and love spending time with my whānau.