The Taupiri Team

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

Courtney Pettifer

Centre Manager
I have always had a passion for working with young tamariki. I believe that all tamariki learn and develop at different times and I am able to provide them with the resources, support and tools to develop and grow.
Outside of work I enjoy doing 4wheel driving with my family, playing netball and looking after my nephews.
I grew up in Kerepehi and moved to Huntly with my partner 3 years ago.
I am looking forward to learning and teaching alongside all the tamariki and kaiako at Educare Taupiri.

Jerine Anub

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I’m Jerine. I grew up in South-Eastern Philippines. I moved to New Zealand in 2014 to learn about different cultures, and now live in Hamilton.
Teaching runs in my blood, as i have many relatives that are teachers as well, and I am a fully registered ECE teacher.
I believe that children need to have a sense of belonging, security and to be respected to be able to explore their environment. I am looking forward to learning alongside your children.

Cris Tao

Registered Teacher
Ko Cris taku ingoa
Ko China te Whenua
Ko PanShan te Maunga
Ko Haihe te awa
Tena Kautou
Kia ora, my name is Xuejun Tao and my English name is Cris. I am an easy-going person who likes to talk to others and participate in lots of activities. I really look forward to building reciprocal relationships with all tamariki, parents and whānau.
I am very happy to share with you about myself and my Chinese culture. Please do not hesitate to ask me anything.

Katleigh Hewetson

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I have been working with special needs children since I was 16 years old. This is where I found my passion for working with children. I believe that it is important to ensure that we provide a rich environment as the third teacher for the children explore. I am from Ngaruawahia and recently moved back with my family from Auckland. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends, family and spend time outdoors. I love to travel and see what the rest of the world has to offer. I look forward to supporting children and their whānau in their Early Childhood journey.

Kimi Rogers

Teacher in Training
Kia ora, my name is Kimi. I started relieving at Educare Taupiri and have loved it so much. So, now I am studying towards a bachelor in ECE teaching at Wintec. I have always loved children and have many in my family. I have 2 kids of my own who go to Taupiri School and we live in Taupiri.
Outside of mahi (work) we enjoy playing sports. Looking forward to meet and get to know you all.

Naomi Bidois

Van Driver / Support Teacher
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Tainui to Iwi
Ko Ngati wairere te hapu
Ko Hukanui te Marae.
I am a mother of 4 and have a passion for working with children. I also enjoy netball, reading, and spending time with whānau and friends. I have the privilege to drive your precious tamariki to and from Taupiri Educare in the Educare Bus.