The Taupiri Team

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

Diane Mitchell

Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ko Ngati Wairere te hapū
Ko Hukanui te marae
Ko Di toku ingoa.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
I have the privilege of leading a wonderful team of inspirational and passionate teachers as we work alongside you and guide your child and whānau through the early childhood years. I believe all tamariki are independent, confident and resilient learners. I have a strong interest in everything outdoors, being close to the bush and water and keeping active. I look forward to sharing this unique journey alongside you all.

Nichola Hildred

Assistent Centre Manager
Ko Ràhui Pòkeka toku kainga,
He uri ahau nō te Tai Tokerau.
Te Rawhitiroa te maunga,
Puhata te awa,
Owhata (Kingi Hori) te marae,
Ko Nichola Hildred toku ingoa,
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.
Originally from Northland I have called Waikato my home for 10yrs.
I love our community, our people, and the outdoor lifestyle.
I am a busy Wife and Mumma who enjoys whanau time: travelling north to our marae whenua/land to camp, fish and enjoy kai moana.
As a registered kaiako I have enjoyed teaching in various sectors of education, my heart always leading me back to ‘grassroots’ (ECE).
I am excited to be igniting hearts to learn, laugh & play in Taupiri while forming friendships with whanau as we grow little people together.

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.

Bethany Jakhu

Registered Teacher
My Whānau live in Ngaruwahia area but my hometown in Whatatutu outside of Gisbourne. I have been teaching since 2016. I have two young boys Adi and Zayn. I am married to Aman who is Punjabi, so I bring with me knowledge of the Punjabi culture and language. In my personal time, I enjoy history, gardening, skating and exporting our country with my family. I am a firm believer that children should be given opportunities to take risks as capable and confident learners and explore the natural world. strive to empower children and their interests through inquiry based learning and am looking forward to getting to know you and your whānau.

Taylar Freeman

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, My name is Taylar. I am a fully registered teacher and have been at Educare Taupiri since 2019.
I have lived in Taupiri most of my life and was brought up with all the animals on my farm. I recently moved outside of Hamilton with my Husband, Tadyn. I am an under 2s kaiako , and this age group is my passion. I love watching our babies learn and grow and enjoy guiding them in their development.
I am passionate about quality education for our young tamariki and believe that children need to feel safe, comfortable and have a sense of belonging to be able to explore and learn about themselves.
I look forward to getting to know you and your whanau.

Tammy Skinner

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Tammy. I’m a registered teacher and have been teaching since 2016. My passion for teaching came from working in local schools in South Auckland region as a sports coach. I believe that every child brings their own Kete of knowledge with them. As a teacher I’m here to nurture and develop that knowledge as they grow. I’m originally from a little town in the far north called Kaikohe and now I live down in Orini on a dairy farm with my husband and 4 legged baby. It is my first time on a farm so have been enjoying learning different aspects of farming life in my spare time. I look forward to getting to know you and your whānau.

Alex Henson

Hi I’m Alex, I have two little boys who join me at Educare Taupiri. I have joined the team and entered the world of early childhood to turn my passion of teaching the next generation into a career. I hope to begin my studies to gain my bachelors of early childhood in the near future, but for now I will take great joy in having the privilege to nurture and care for your tamariki.

Jax Goss

I’m Jax. I’m the administrator here at Educare Taupiri.
I’ve worked with children in a range of environments, and thoroughly enjoy the way they see the world!
My goal here is to make the logistics and admin as efficient as possible so that we can all focus on the wellbeing and growth of your tamariki.