The Pokeno Team

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

Catherine East

Centre Manager
Hi my name is Catherine. I have three children and two grand babies. I have over 25 years experience in ECE with a passion for infants and toddlers and empowering my team to be the best they can. Building strong relationships with whānau and tamariki is very important to me.

Aimee Ganley

Assistant Manager, Registered Teacher
I’m Aimee, and I am excited to be in the team here at Educare Pokeno.
I began working in Early Childhood in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education and am now a fully registered teacher. I have worked in a variety of Early Childhood settings, working with children of all ages.
I believe children learn best when they feel a great sense of belonging, where they are respected, listened to, and that there are strong relationships
My passion is seeing children learn through play, allowing their natural curiosity of young minds to promote a lifelong desire for learning.
I am a mother of two, Nixon and Lexi who attend Educare Pokeno. We have recently moved to the area and am looking forward in getting to know our community.

Nicola North

Team Leader, Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Nicola. I have always had a passion for the children, which lead me to this choice as my career. I have been in the Early childhood education sector for 11 ½ years. My passion is with the infants where I strive to lead and encourage children to be capable and confident learners.
I am currently living in Pukekohe with my husband and together we are raising our two children aged 4 and 1.
I look forward to being part of the team at Educare Pokeno, helping guide our tamariki while building strong relationships through their learning journey with us.

Kaitlin Groom

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I’m Kaitlin Groom. I’m from Tuakau. I have a son and come from a very big family. This has helped me with my career choice and stepping into Early Childhood. This also helps with my link to Maori culture and Beliefs.
I am very involved in the local community. I coach sports, help at the athletics club and play netball and soccer. I have been teaching for 5 years. My passion is community and the outdoors.

Dora Wang

Registered Teacher
Kia ora. My name is Dora. I am from China. I had been an early childhood teacher for two years in China before I came to New Zealand for a gap year in 2016. After one year’s life of being a backpacker, I started to pursue my third qualification, a graduate diploma in early childhood teaching in 2017, as I still had a strong passion for working and growing with children. While I was doing my study, my experience with children grew everyday. I have graduated in January 2019 and I am now registered as a qualified teacher. I look forward to meeting with and working alongside your children, yourself and the teaching team here at Educare Pokeno.

Grace Habershon

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, i’m Grace Habershon. I live in Tuakau with my young family. I call Franklin home, and I enjoy getting involved with community events.
Our favourite things include going to the beach, and visiting family and friends.
I completed a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in 2015. My favourite thing about teaching ECE is that every day is different! I love encouraging children to embrace, and express their imagination. Te Whariki (ECE Curriculum) strongly underpins my practice, so I strive to always support children's mana atua (well-being), mana whenua (belonging), mana tangata (contribution), mana reo (communication), and mana aoturoa (exploration).
I'm really excited to be at Educare Pokeno, working with an amazing team of teachers, and getting to know all tamariki and whānau.

Angela Gernhoefer

Registered Teacher
Hi i’m Angela.
I have three beautiful daughters, a teenager and younger twins. I live in Maramarua and enjoy the country lifestyle.
I have been in Early Childhood for over 20 years and love working with children. I am looking forward to working with your children and families.
My hobbies are spending time with family and motor sports.

Kelly Harvey

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia Ora family and whānau, my name is Kelly and I have recently finished my early childhood degree. I am really passionate about the education of young children and their development. I have been working in early childhood education since 2017. My aim is to build quality relationships with children and their whānau.

Casey-Leigh Burgess

My name is Casey-Leigh Burgess, I live in Pukekohe and grew up in the Franklin area.
I have experience as a nanny and a relief teacher, as well as raising my own three children.
I am delighted to be working with your tamariki at Educare Pokeno.

Dee Osbourne

Kia Ora, I’m Dee Orsbourne, I live in Tuakau on a 10 acre “Wonkey” farm. I have 5 children ranging from 23 years old to 7 months old and 2 grand babies. I have worked in early childhood for 15 years and loved every minute of it. I enjoy working with all age groups and build meaningful relationships
with the tamariki and whānau.

Angela Millar

Kia ora my name is Angela and I am a Kiako here at Educare Pokeno. I have called Pokeno home for the last 17 years and together with my husband we are raising our three boy 16,14 and 11 years. For the past 6 years I have worked in primary education in a varied role with a focus on English as a second language for learners. I am excited to join the team at Educare Pokeno, supporting our tamariki as they begin their education journey.

Stacey Gough

Hello my name is Stacey, I am a qualified Nutritionist and Chef, my family and I have lived in Pokeno for 4 years, I have a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and spending time with my dog Marley.

Charlotte Powell

Hi i'm Charlotte and I am the centre administrator for Educare Pokeno.
Originally from Rotorua my background is in hotel management and administration.
I became involved with Early Childcare when my daughter was one year old and first attended daycare herself. Since then I have worked on the floor and behind the scenes in the sector. I feel I have found my perfect job where I also get to watch my son (who attends the centre) grow and thrive on a daily basis as he learns through his play.