The Tawa Team

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

Rebecca Warnock

Centre Manager
Kia ora, my name is Rebecca Warnock, I have spent my life living in Palmerston North and have recently moved to Porirua for this wonderful job opportunity as Centre Manager of Educare Tawa and to live with my partner James.
I have a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and I am a fully registered teacher. I began studying through NZ Tertiary College and quickly found my place and passion for teaching, becoming a full time teacher in 2012. In my spare time, I love to go on big walks, bake (shortbread is my specialty), read, and get stuck into anything crafty. Developing relationships that foster and support the tamariki’s ongoing learning and development is the most special and important part of my job and I feel privileged to be a part of so many children's learning journey.

Tessa Drowley

Assistant Centre Manager, Provisionally Registered Teacher
Hello I’m Tessa, I currently live locally in Tawa with my daughter Madison. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and am currently working towards my full teachers registration. I have been working in ECE for 6 years and my passion is building relationships with the children and their families.
I also have a strong passion for giving children different ways to express themselves through music, dance and crafts. I am looking forward to building long lasting relationships and getting to know the children of Educare Tawa.

Elinor Blackler

Registered Teacher
My journey in Early Childhood Education began as a desire to be the best parent and first teacher to my two own children.
Over 20 years later, having gained both my primary and ECE degrees, I enjoy using my knowledge and skills to teach children.
I live locally with my husband and visit my gorgeous grandchildren in Tauranga as often as possible. I believe that children deserve loving, caring, passionate teachers who use any form of pedagogy to achieve the best possible results for children’s growth, development and learning.
I am very excited to be part of the Educare whānau and am looking forward to getting to know you and your family.

Jen Dahlberg

Registered Teacher
Kia ora! I’m Jen. I am a qualified early childhood teacher. I live in Whitby with my husband Jeff and our cat Tilly. I have specialised over the years in educating toddlers aged 18 months to 2 and a half years. I am very passionate about teaching this age group. I enjoy contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of the children in my care. I am really excited to be working back in Tawa, being part of an awesome team and community. I can’t wait to get to know you all better!

Kate Chapman

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I’m Kate on of the fully registered staff members here at Educare Tawa and hold a BA / BTeach in Early Childhood Education. My experience is with infants and toddlers but I love working with all age groups. I live locally in Tawa and my son Kingston is also joining us here at Educare.
I love being in the outdoors and out in nature and like to bring those aspects into my teaching practice. I believe in building strong bonds with the tamariki and their whānau and look forward to getting to know you all.
Kate is currently on maternity leave.

Mem Dela Rosa

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, I’m Mem. I live in Johnsonville with my family and my teenage daughter, Danielle. I grew up in Manila, Philippines and moved here a few years ago to further my teaching practice and experience. I’m a fully registered teacher and am currently studying towards my Postgraduate Diploma in ECE Leadership. I love being with very young tamariki as they are discovering so many things around them and it’s amazing to guide and nurture their growing hearts and minds at this stage of life. I’m happy to be part of Educare Tawa and looking forward to collaborating with whānau and kaiako here.

Rachael Porter

Registered Teacher
Hello my name is Rachael. I have been living in Canada for the past 26 years and am now back home. I have been working with children of all ages since my after school job at the age of 13. I love being outdoors and watching children explore their surroundings. I'm passionate about our future adults and want them to thrive with every opportunity. I look forward to making a connection with you all.

Vanessa Gilmour

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Vanessa and I live locally here in Tawa. I am a qualified Early Childhood educator and have been in the industry for over 8 years.
I am very excited to be part of the team here at Educare Tawa and look forward to building strong relationships with tamariki and their whānau.
I have a passion for nuturing children’s emotional and social development and enjoy watching them grow into resilient, confident and competent individuals.
I look forward to getting to know you all.

Tamara Cockburn

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Tamara. I have been working in the ECE sector for 9 years. During this time, I have completed a Bachelor of Teaching.
Joining me here at Educare are my two sons Wyatt and Beau. As a family we love to get out and about, especially to support our local Tawa rugby team.
I have spent most of my teaching time with pre-school aged children but since having my own children, I have gained a real appreciation for the sense of learning involved with the younger age group.
The saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is a very true statement for me, as it highlights that there are lots of people involved in a child's life, and as a teacher I would love to contribute to this.

Chao Tang

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Hello, I am Chao and I am originally from China. I lived in Auckland, and after finishing my Graduate Diploma in Teaching, I moved to Porirua.
My mother has been a primary school teacher for 30 years, and I believe my passion from teaching came from her. I love having fun and learning something new every day. I was adventurous when I was little, which is still true to this day! I believe children have the potential to do anything and exceed our expectations. It is great to be able to join this amazing learning community.

Elanor Downes

Teacher in Training
I’m Elanor, and I’m currently studying in the second year of my Bachelor of Teaching through New Zealand Tertiary College. I became passionate about teaching when I was 17 and started doing placements through my high schools Gateway programme. Before working with Educare, I worked in after school cares around Johnsonville, so I’m looking forward to now working with younger age groups.
I am really looking forward to getting to know the team and community here in Tawa.

Trish Gibson

Kia ora, I have been a resident of Tawa for the past eighteen years where I live with my partner and teenage daughter, and I also have 3 older children.
I have worked in Early Childhood for over fifteen years and love watching as our children develop their personalities and become more capable and confident as they grow. Seeing the look of excitement on children’s faces as they learn a new skill or discover something that interests them is a real pleasure.
I am looking forward to working closer to home and becoming part of the Educare Tawa family.

Michaela Cherrie

My name is Michaela Fiances Ebbett Cherrie.
I have been a nutritionist at daycare centres since 2006, and have worked in daycare centres in various roles since I was 20.
I am knowledgeable in food nutrition, food preparation, meal planning, dietary requirements and food handling. I also have all current food handling certificates.
I'm excited to start my new role at Educare Tawa and am here for any parent requests, so please feel free to come and have a chat with me. I am here to make sure your children receive a healthy balanced diet while here with us at Educare.

Suzanne Pyke

Hello I’m Suzanne and I am the administrator here at Educare Tawa. I am excited about being part of this new centre, helping it grow and welcoming you and your families to our Educare family.
I am a mother to two amazing boys and wife to a great husband.
I am lucky enough to be able to have my youngest son start here at Educare to watch him grow and develop.