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.

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.

Grace Habershon

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, 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.

Lina Liu

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I am Lina Liu. I am from Shanghai, China, and moved to New Zealand in 2015 with my adorable son to enrich our experience.
I have a passion for quality education, which inspired me to step into early childhood education (ECE) after a decade of working in global sourcing in Shanghai.
I recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE). With two years of work experience with different early childhood settings, I am pleased to join the team at Educare Pokeno.
I am looking forward to getting to know your child and learning about their strengths and interests. It would be my pleasure to nurture their growth and development. I believe happy children learn better.
Ko te ākonga te pūtake o te ako.The learner is the basis of teaching and learning.

Malisa Annette

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia Ora whānau my name is Malisa and I am excited to continue my teaching career in the tadpole’s room at Educare Pokeno. I have been working as an early childhood teacher for five years and have a strong passion for working with infants and toddlers. I enjoy watching them learn new skills, develop their weaknesses, and extend their strengths to become confident and competent learners in their environment. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, playing netball, or riding my horses. I look forward to getting to know the amazing children, whānau and the staff here at Educare Pokeno.

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.

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.