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.

Rhonda McMurtrie

Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
I have been working with children in various roles for many years. I love coming to work each day knowing I'm making a difference in children's lives and providing opportunities where children can feel empowered to learn and play in a respectful and loving environment.
I live with my 3 school aged children, and my husband. I love being with my family, my brothers, sister, nephews, nieces and my friends. I also love the beach or watching motorsport.

Neeru Sharma

Assistant Manager, Registered Teacher
My name is Neeru. I live in Flat Bush with my husband and teenage son. I have been teaching for the past 21 years, the past 6 in Early Childhood Education in Auckland. I enjoy traveling, nature walking and watching movies.
I believe each child is unique and is capable of driving their own learning. In a culturally diverse environment, my aim is to give my best to each child for their holistic growth and development. I love to build strong bonds with my tamariki and support them in every way. For me, each child’s growth and development is a celebration in its own way, and each little moment with them is important.

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.

Jessica Finau-Baas

Registered Teacher
Hi my name Jessica Finau-Baas! But I am known as Jess. I am half European/Tongan and can speak Tongan fluently. I am married and have two girls, Amaya who is 10 years old and Kalea who is 8 years old. We have lived in Patumahoe for about seven years and love it.
I graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching, which covered both Montessori and mainstream education as well. I have thirteen years experience teaching in Early Childhood and I have worked with all ages, but I am passionate and love working with babies.

Michaela Shepherd

Hi, my name is Michaela. I live in Tuakau with my husband. I’ve worked with children of all ages however this is my first Early Childhood position. I enjoy spending time with my family, art and fashion. I absolutely adore working with children and love seeing their development and watching them grow!

Lauren Barrett

Kia ora, my name is Lauren Barrett.
I've been working in early childhood education for a few years, and I'm studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).
I live on a lifestyle block in Waiuku with my husband and my two school aged children, along with five cows and a cat. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends and family, being active by bike riding and walking. Also, I'm actively involved with my children's school, as I'm the Treasurer of the PTA.

Kaysey Raumati

Kiaora koutou, I am the nutritionist here at Educare Kitchener Road. I believe that healthy eating for our kids is important for their Hauora, Whanaketanga and Tupu. I have two tamahine that also attend here and I couldn't have chosen a better Roopu to care for them. I have lived in Puni and Otaua most of my life in both homesteads, my Turangawaewae. I enjoy the company of my family and I love our large family gatherings. Which usually involves a lot of Kai!

Chelsea Waters

Hi, my name is Chelsea and I am the Centre Administrator here at Kitchener Road. I live in Pahurehure with my Husband and daughter who also attends the centre here. Before joining the Educare team I worked in the finance industry for 8 years which built my passion for administration.
In our spare time I love taking our dogs to the beach and hanging out with family and friends.I am passionate about working with the whānau and tamariki of Educare.