The Kitchener Road Team

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

Jade Lane

Centre Manager
Hi my name is Jade and I am the centre manager here at Educare Kitchener Road. I am a qualified registered teacher with a Bachelors Degree and Post grad Diploma in Early Childhood Education. My amazing partner and I live in Onewhero and have four beautiful children and many nieces and nephews whom we love as our own. We have two dogs and a cat. Love to spend time with whānau, love sports, music and food. I believe in creating and providing an environment that is safe respectful nurturing and fun. I love to support my team in any way that I can and love to be there for our tamariki and their whānau and the wider community.

Natalie Young

Assistant Manager, Registered Teacher
Hi i’m Natalie Young. I was born in Auckland and live in Papakura. My partners name is Ray and we have two beautiful girls, Emily and Lucy. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love watching movies, shopping, listening to music and going to the beach. I have been working in early childhood since 2009, starting as a reliever, then a teacher in training and now a fully qualified, registered teacher. I have worked with all ages, however I find my passion is with the under two year olds. I just love how innocent they are and I love watching them develop, reaching those important milestones. I have a great respect for children and their families and I like to show my support where needed.

Rachel Wilson

Registered Teacher
My name is Rachael Wilson, and you can find me in Nga Pepe Ruma.
I believe children are to be treasured, and that building relationships with whānau and children through authentic interactions, is key to positive learning and development for the child.
I have a lot of hobbies, but if you ask anyone who knows me even a little, you will discover I adore crocheting.

Tracy Benjaman

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is Tracy Benjamin. I am a qualified Primary School Teacher specialising in Early Childhood Education. I have my bachelor degree in Education that I completed in South Africa. I believe in teaching our tamariki from their interests and extending their learning through play and experiences. I strongly believe in teaching little minds independence skills and getting to know them in depth to extend their learning.
I'm married to a wonderful man and a mother of two boys. My husband and I immigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in January 2019. We enjoy exploring the country in our free time visiting the beautiful beaches and doing outdoor activities.
I'm excited to be apart of the Educare team at Kitchener Road and look forward to getting to know you all.

Katie Iqbal

Teacher in Training
Hi, my name is Katie. I live in Pukekohe with my partner. This is my first role in early childhood and I love it. I have always had a passion for children and am so lucky to be able to work with them. I am excited to watch my little friends at Educare Kitchener Road learn and grow. My hobbies include travelling, shopping and fitness.

Estie Barnard

My name is Estie. My family and I moved to New Zealand from South Africa in 2019.
I have a wonderful husband, a boy Tony, and a girl Hayleigh, and we love living in beautiful Pokeno.
I am a part time Unregistered Teacher on Fridays, and my goal is set to work towards an ECE Teacher Diploma. 
I have a passion for working with children of all ages and feel privileged to share in their discoveries in the world around them.
My hobbies include photography, scrap-booking and exploring the beautiful outdoors with my family over the weekends. 
I look forward to building authentic relationships with children and whānau!

Juliana Farias-Richardson

My name is Juliana and I am the nutritionist here at Educare Kitchener Road. I am a qualified nutritionist and I have a postgraduate course in Food Quality Management and Food Sanitation and Hygiene. I am from Brazil and since I have been in New Zealand, I have worked in a kitchen environment as a cook/ chef. I am married with an American/Kiwi and one of our passions is to travel around the world. I truly believe that the food choices made in childhood can demarcate a healthier adult life and nothing more important than our little ones can learn from now that healthy food besides tasty, demonstrates the relationship with the environment and the animals of our planet.

Pippa Badri

Kia ora, I’m the Centre Administrator here at Educare Kitchener Road. I am a qualified ECE teacher with over 10 years’ experience. Before joining the Educare team I worked in Academic Services at Auckland University. This sparked my interest in administration and has motivated me to take on my Diploma in Business.
I live in Waiuku with my husband and 3 rescue dogs, cat and pet chickens! I enjoy spending time with friends and family, working on my vege garden and taking the dogs out to Kariotahi beach.
I am passionate about building reciprocal relationships with the Educare whānau and making links with the wider Franklin community.