The Totara Park Team

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

Cara Lindsay

Centre Manager
Kia Ora, I'm Cara Lindsay. I have been involved in early childhood since leaving school. I graduated from Auckland Teacher’s college with a diploma in Kindergarten Teaching and a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood.
After 7 years of working in Kindergartens, I built and owned my own centre in Kamo.
In 2001 I sold the centre and went home to be a full time Mum to our three children and to help run our Dairy farm. Now with my children grown up, it is time to return to my passion of teaching.
I believe in providing a quality, caring and learning environment for all children in our centre.
I have a passion for the outdoor learning environment and music.

Krystel Scott-Davidson

Team Leader - Registered Teacher
Kia Ora Koutou
Ko Krystel Scott-Davidson toku ingoa.
I have been working in Early Childhood education for the past nine years, originally working within the early childhood settings as a way to spend time with my children as they grown and learn. In doing so, I realised that I have a strong passion for the early years and in particular as our role as kaitiaki for the future of our natural world, seen through my practice in teaching, learning and nurturing our tamariki.
I have 3 beautiful tamariki of my own who live with my partner and I on a lifestyle block east of Whangarei. We love to get outdoors and play and learn together while we explore the gems of our countryside, the animals, the beach and the bush.

Haley Chapman

Team Leader - Registered Teacher
Kia ora e te whānau
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua toku waka
Ko Pouerua toku maunga
Ko Waitangi toku awa
Ko Te Tii toku marae
No Waitangi ahau
Ko Haley Chapman ahau
Ko Jamie taku tane
Ko Jorgiah, ko Locklynd ratou, ko Kelly aku tamariki

I have been in Early Childhood Education since 2012, and in 2016 I completed my degree in Early Childcare Education. I am passionate about working with our tamariki who are our future, and am working towards building a stronger understanding of Te Ao Māori! I love to see their pride as they achieve milestones and goals they have set for themselves, it makes my job that much more meaningful.

Rebecca Dickens

Registered Teacher
My name is Rebecca Dickens, I was born and mostly bred in Whangarei and moved to Auckland to pursue my studies.
I graduated with a Diploma of Teaching from Te Tauri Puna Aoteroa, a year later returning to do a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood and have since obtained my full registration.
I have been working in early childhood for several years and have a passion to watch children grow and develop. I believe children are confident and competent and have the freedom to pursue life to the fullest in whatever they choose to do. I am here to guide them through this journey.
In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, movies and being an amazing aunty to my two nephews and niece. I have a passion for travelling to different parts of the world.
I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Weedle

Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, I’m Sarah. I have recently moved to Whangarei from Auckland with my husband, and am originally from the UK. I love to explore and get to know different cultures and countries.
When I finished high school, I went straight to AUT to study Early Childhood Education and have enjoyed it ever since. My passion for Early Childhood stems from growing up with my mum being an ECE teacher. I would always be around young children and it was always something I knew I wanted to do.I love art, messy play and engaging with children while they learn and make sense of the world around them. In my spare time I enjoy photography and spending time at the beach. I really look forward to getting to know you and your children.

Chelsee Dovey

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora whānau
I’m Chelsee, and I have lived in Whangarei my whole life, living the beach life on the east coast (Ngunguru).
I have always wanted to be a teacher originally as a primary teacher however; I managed to stumble into early childhood discovering my love and passion in teaching and learning about the world alongside tamariki.
I began my journey in 2011 with Educare, eventually studying and gaining my Bachelor in Early Childhood Education in 2015, now I plan to gain my full registration. I have a strong interest in implementing Te Ao Maori and I would like to strengthen my practice and knowledge, which is why I have joined the amazing team at Totara Park Educare.
I really look forward to getting to know you, your child and whānau on this amazing journey.

Tracy Palmer

Provisionally Registered Teacher
I live in Whau Valley with my partner, my two children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, skinks and spider! I also have a step-daughter in Whangarei.
I grew up, and have spent most of my life here. I can’t think of a better place to live and bring up children.
I have always had a passion for working with children and left high school to attend Nanny Academy; 22 years on I still have the same passion for working with children. I graduated with my Early Childcare Teaching Diploma in 2002 and plan on working toward getting my teacher registration.
I have passions in art & craft, nature and being ecologically aware. I can’t wait to share these passions with the kaiako and tamariki at Totara Park. After being a relief teacher here, it’s wonderful to finally call Totara Park home.

Karmen Reid

Teacher in Training - Year 3
Tena koutou katoa!
My name is Karmen Reid and I am excited to be a part of the Educare Totara
Park whānau!
I have lived in Whangarei for most of my life, and have two handsome boys
Conner and Lincoln.
Becoming a mum and babysitting for many years has naturally inspired me to
choose this career path and I have just begun my journey with Open
Polytechnic to gain a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
I am passionate about providing messy play and art experiences for tamariki,
and enjoy games that get the imagination going. One of my goals is to
strengthen my use of Te reo Māori, by speaking it more when interacting with
I look forward to learning alongside your tamariki and getting to know you all

Emily Dunn

Teacher in Training - Year 1
Kia Ora, ko Emily toku ingoa. I have lived in Whangarei all my life, on a property surrounded by farmlands and bushes. As a family we would spend a lot of time outdoors, exploring the area, and spending weeks on end out at our bach at Helena Bay. Exploring new environments and trying new things has always been something I have loved to do and I am very excited to be able to work alongside your tamariki and be on this journey with them.
I start working with Educare at the end of 2018 and have recently started my Bachelor in Early Childhood Education. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I am very excited to be able to provide a safe environment full of many learning opportunities where your tamariki are able to explore their interests and building on their strengths.

Andrea McKenzie

Kia ora koutou
I'm excited to be a part of Totara Park Educare.
I am Andrea Mackenzie I live in Tikipunga with my partner Steve and two boys James and Ryan.
Before taking on the nutritionist role I was reliving for Educare cooking and teaching for the last year.
I have lived in my whole life on the east coast (Ngunguru) on a small farm. I always have wanted to be a chef. I study my first year at North Tec then moved to Wellington to finish my diploma in Cookery and Culinary Arts.
I think it is important to teach our tamariki about food, healthy eating and where our food comes from.
I look forward to getting to know you, your child and whānau.

Stephanie Wood

Hi my name is Stephanie and I am the administrator at Totara Park.
I live in Maungatapere with my husband and young son.
Having my own son attending Totara Park I see things from both an administrative point of view as well as a parents point of view and am here to help and support parents with any queries and generally help in anyway I can to make things easier.
I am very excited to be part of the Educare Team and looking forward to meeting you and your families and assisting in making things as easy for you as I can.