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.

Saskia Vette-Pivac

Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
Tena koutou whānau,
I am Saskia and have been working in early childhood education since 2014 and am a 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.

Kelsey Burgess

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.

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.

Jenny McIntosh

Registered Teacher
I am a trained Primary School Teacher who taught in South Auckland for five years before moving to the gorgeous Northland. I have four wonderful children and am loving being back in the Educare whānau.

Karma Reuben

Registered Teacher
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Karma Reuben tōku ingoa
Ko Piwakawaka tōku maunga
Ko Waimamaku tōku awa
Ko Ngatokimatawharua tōku waka
Ko Ngapuhi tōku iwi
Ko Te Whakamaharatanga tōku marae
Nō Hokianga ahau
Kei Ruakaka tōku kāinga ināianei.
Kia Ora my name is Karma, I grew up in the small rural community of Hokianga but moved to Whangarei for schooling. I now live in Ruakaka with my Tāne Jaimie and our fur baby Milan. I love going to the beach and my favourite food is Kaimoana. I completed my Bachelor of Education (ECE) in 2020. My Philosophy of teaching is to create authentic, respectful and reciprocal relationships with tamariki and whānau so they can learn and grow in a safe environment filled with aroha.

America Muratori

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I am so excited to be working alongside our Kaiako, tamariki and you, their whānau, to Learn, Laugh and Play!
I am originally from New York in the United States but have lived in New Zealand since 2020. I am certified with my Master's Degree from the United States and have been teaching for about two years as both a Junior Primary School Teacher and an Early Childhood Educator. My passion for teaching is around creating meaningful and lasting relationships with our tamariki while supporting them to be independent and curious life-long learners.
Please feel free to stop and say hello when you see me in our space.

Hollie Armstrong-Waitoa

Kia ora, Ko Hollie toku ingoa. I grew up in a rural community on Aucklands Hibiscus Coast, before moving up to beautiful Waipu in 2019. Late 2023 I was lucky enough to become a relieving teacher at One Tree Point, early 2024 I gained the position of being full time kaiako. I have 1 pēpi of my own, Ada, who started here early 2024 and I am so excited for this opportunity. I have previously completed my first year of my bachelors in teaching and will be continuing my studies this year. I have always had a passion for working with children, watching and sharing their experiences as they learn about the curiosities of the world and develop their own sense of self. I look forward to meeting you and your whānau!

Julie Fisher

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