The Norfolk Team

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

Hayley Angelo-Tupe

Centre Manger
Kia ora, I am the Manager of Educare Norfolk Street.
I am a registered teacher with a current First Aid certificate.
I am married, and between us we have 5 wonderful children. I enjoy fishing, walking and spending time with my whānau and friends.
I have loved being around young children since babysitting as a teen, which led me into becoming a nanny for 10 years, and once becoming a mother to three young children myself, I decided to do my degree.
I love coming to work and seeing all the tamariki learning through their play. The fun, love, learning and laughter we share at Norfolk Street makes my job one of the most rewarding jobs to have. I wish to create a supportive environment where all of us together can make this environment full of happy, social, competent, responsible tamariki.

Tess Robertson

Team Leader Under 3s
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.

Jessica Brown

Registered Teacher
Kia ora whānau, my name is Jess. I recently moved to Whangarei to be closer to my family, and I am so excited to join the team here at Educare Norfolk St. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors and spending time with my family and my partner. I have always had a passion for working with children as I studied for my Bachelor of Early Childhood straight out of school and have grown my teaching practice over the last 5 years. I look forward to getting to know you all and exploring alongside your tamariki through play to further their curiosity.

Olivia Edlington

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I’m Livy. 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.

Grace Farrant

Registered Teacher
Kia ora whānau, my name is Grace and I am excited to be a part of the team and get to know you and your amazing tamariki. I am originally from Auckland but moved up here when I had my daughter Sunny and it's the best decision I've ever made! I come from a family of collectors of all things weird and wonderful so in my spare time I'll be found thrifting or at flea markets! I have my masters in teaching and learning. I love that no day in teaching is ever the same. I have a big love of dramatic play, science and the arts. I feel very privileged to be able to explore, learn and play alongside your tamariki and share my love of learning with them!

Briony Crawford

Teacher in Training
Kia ora whānau! My name is Briony. I was born and raised in Whangarei, and have lived here my whole life. I’m currently doing my first year of study to become and early childhood teacher through open polytechnic. This is my first centre that i have worked in and i’m excited to see how the flow of it all works. Most importantly help, watch and care for your tamariki. I can’t wait to meet all of you.

Katie Jones

My name is Katie Jones, I am a northland born and bred girl who loves to play hockey and hang out with my friends and family. I am just starting out being an ECE teacher and am loving building relationships with all the tamariki. I look to study and get my degree so I can be the best teacher for your pepi.

Elena Figota

Talofa lava I’m Elena Figota, a Kaiako here at Educare Norfolk Street. I have moved up from Auckland and did home based childcare while I was down there. I am looking forward to exploring the centre. This is my first time in an early childhood centre, I hope I get to meet and greet you all. Aroha to you all.

Holly Archibald

Kia ora koutou, I'm Holly, and my role is to support multiple managers and their teams while working at different Educare centres each day.
I have 2 sons who love their sport, so when I'm not cheering them on from the sidelines I also enjoy getting out for walks, hikes and a bit of fishing too.
I really enjoy working in the childcare industry and am more than happy to help with any enrolment forms/applications or queries. I look forward to getting to know all the tamariki and their whānau too.