The Norfolk Team

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

Karyn Connelly

Acting Centre Manager
Kia ora tatou.
Ko Karyn toku ingoa
I have a diploma of Teaching (ECE), Certificate in Behavourial and Learning Difficulities, First Aid Certificate and am a fully registered teacher.
I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and live here in Whangarei with my husband.
I look forward to working with and alongside you and your child.

Teri Dunsbee

Team Leader - Over 2s
Hello, I am Teri Dunsbee. I hold a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I hold a current first aid certificate.
I taught gymnastics to ages 4yrs – 17yrs old for 7 years. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of physically active skills with the children.

Hayley Angelo

Team Leader - Under 3s
Kia ora, my name is Hayley Angelo, I have 3 wonderful children and I am a full time teacher here at Educare Norfolk Street.
I have a Bachelor of Education, current first aid certificate and am in the process of doing my teacher registration.
I have always had a passion for working with children. Before I became a mother, I was a nanny for 10 years. I look forward to getting to know your child and watching them learn and grow.

Diane Rudkin-Fountain

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Diane Rudkin-Fountain. I am a registered teacher, holding a Diploma Teaching(ECE). I have been teaching for about 28 years.
It gives me great pleasure to see children grow in their belief that they are successful learners, gaining confidence to tackle any situation that they may find themselves in.

Tess Robertson

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, i’m Tess, I am originally from the South Island but have lived in Auckland most of my life. Making the move to Whangarei was one of the best decisions I have made as I love the beach and I get in that beautiful ocean whenever I can.
I am a mother of a beautiful boy Leo, who is my absolute world, he has sparked my interest in early childhood education.
I am a trained primary school teacher and have always had a passion for education, I am hoping to further my study completing a postgraduate in early childhood education.
I can’t wait to get to know all of your wonderful children and whānau. I feel very privileged and excited to help to create an enjoyable, nurturing environment full of laughter and learning experiences.

Mei-Hua Peng

Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Mei-Hua Peng. I am originally from Taiwan and have been in New Zealand since 1997.
I hold a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and a current first aid certificate. I have always had a passion for working with tamariki, helping them develop a lifelong love of learning as well as providing an engaging and respectful environment where they feel safe and secure.
I am very excited to join the teaching team here at Educare Norfolk Street, and look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.

Ashley Blundell

Teacher in Training
Kia Ora my Name is Ashley.
I have a few years’ experience in early childhood and I am looking forward to starting my new journey here at Educare Norfolk Street. I have always had a passion for working with, and alongside tamariki and looking forward to seeing them all grow and develop their skills.
I am in my third year of study to becoming a qualified teacher. I enjoy hanging out at the beach, going fishing and hanging out with my friends and family.
I look forward to getting to know you all.

Olivia Edlington

Kia Ora, I’m Livy. I’m 19 years old have recently started working in Early Childhood. I was born in Whangarei and live here now with my wonderful family and friends. I love being outdoors adventuring and have a passion for photography. I have always enjoyed the company of children, and I am excited to have this experience to work alongside them with a fantastic group of teachers. I very much hope to make your children's days here an enjoyable environment to learn and play in, as I get to know each child and watch them learn and grow.
I look forward to seeing and meeting you all.