The One Tree Point Team

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

Kelsey Burgess

Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
Kia ora whānau, my name is Kelsey Burgess, I am a qualified and registered ECE teacher and have been teaching since graduating from the University of Auckland in 2010.
In December 2019, I moved up to the sunny north from Auckland to be closer to my whānau who all live locally to the area. I feel so lucky to be living in such a beautiful place after spending so many of my childhood holidays here.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and whānau, photography, travelling, singing, and reading.
I am excited to be here at Educare One Tree Point, and really look forward to getting to know all of the tamariki and whānau here.

Saskia Vette-Pivac

Registered Teacher
Tena koutou whānau,
I am Saskia and have been working in early childhood education since 2014 and am a Provisionally Registered Teacher. I was raised in Whangarei Heads and have crossed the harbour to work in the beautiful One Tree Point. My passion in early childhood education is to nurture each child’s wairua, individuality and identity while providing them with a play based curriculum. Nga mihi nui.

Kimika Benton

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora everyone. My name is Kimika Benton. I have recently moved to New Zealand from South Africa with my partner and young daughter; we have since welcomed a second daughter here in New Zealand. I have been working as a teacher since 2010, and completed my Bachelor of Education - Foundation Phase in South Africa. I look forward to meeting you all and working alongside your tamariki while making memories.

Jackie Ward

Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Jackie, I have three beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren, I live in Ruakaka with my youngest Josh.
I enjoy the natural environment and love how we can include nature in our everyday play and how when we use what we have, it helps us to remember who has given it to us. I believe that we all are responsible for everything that has been given to us, kaitiakitanga, and by ensuring that we look after what we have, we then in turn take pride in being part of what has been given to us. So as I journey with you I will get to know what makes you tick, how you see your world and how you react and respond to others.
I am excited to be your kaiako and it is a privilege for me to journey alongside you in these precious and very impressionable years.

Laurel White

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora I'm Laurel White. I hold a Post graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and am a registered teacher here at Educare One Tree Point.
I have always had a passion for working with children. I really enjoy sharing their learning and working alongside them as they make discoveries through their play. I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.

Julie Fisher

My name is Julie Fisher. I like gardening, reading, and cooking. I love working with all the children and watching them grow.