The Taupiri Team

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

Dianne Mitchell

Centre Manager
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ko Ngati Wairere te hapu
Ko Hukanui te marae
Ko Di toku ingoa.
Born and bred in a small town at the bottom of the South Island I moved back to my hapu in the mighty Waikato with my young family after completing my Early Childhood training in Dunedin in 2003.
I have been privileged to teach many children from very different backgrounds and work alongside wonderful inspirational teachers and families.
I believe in giving everything a go and encourage children to do the same and to be independent, confident, and resilient learners.
I am living locally and look forward to sharing this journey alongside you all at Educare Taupiri.

Courtney Pettifer

Assistant Centre Manager, Registered Teacher
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.

Helen Hughes

Registered Teacher
Hello, my name is Helen Hughes. I am a registered teacher originally from England and travelled to New Zealand where I met my Husband. We have lived in Hamilton for the last 20 years and raised our now grown-up children here.
I am primary trained which gives me a good understanding of what tamariki need to transition easily to school. I used to be a physiotherapist and enjoy setting activities to promote movement and development and increase coordination in all ages. I love listening to tamariki because they have so many interesting ideas. Being there to help them increase their vocabulary and communication skills is a real pleasure. I love my job!

Yuejiao Ma

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Yuejiao Ma(JoJo). I come from China and live in Hamilton with my partner, baby, and three dogs.
I am a qualified teacher. I also have an ecology & zoology degree. I am happy to support children's science learning when they found a unique insect in the garden. I am a creative person that loves teaching! I am fully immersed in Pennie Brownlee's theories and understanding of respectful relationships; I always put my heart and soul into our tamariki. I believe every child is unique and studies at their pace, so I advocate free play philosophy and use various strategies to support them to develop.
I enjoy hiking, horse riding, dog grooming, and playing all the fun games outside my work. I am excited to become a teacher at Educare Taupiri.

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. Kimi is currently on maternity leave.

Taylar Freeman

Teacher in Training
Kia Ora my name is Taylar. I am currently studying at Wintec to achieve my bachelor of teaching in early childhood education. 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 was born and raised in Taupiri and enjoy spending time with whanau and caring for animals on my farm. I look forward to getting to know you and your tamariki.

Naomi Bidois

Teacher in Training
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.

Stevie Radovanovich

Kia Ora e hoa Ma, I'm Stevie Radovanovich and I am very excited to be joining the Educare Taupiri whānau.
I have my Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in human development. I have also just completed my Post graduate Diploma in Early childhood education.
In my spare time I enjoy arts and crafts, walking my dogs, going for a Sunday drive, gardening and reading. My favourite thing about being a teacher is the laughter that each day brings and building positive relationships with tamariki and whānau.
Please feel free to come say hello or ask questions about my personal philosophy and practices. I look forward to meeting everyone and becoming part if the community at Educare Taupiri.