The Warkworth Team
This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Warkworth. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.
Kia Ora, I am originally from the UK and have been in New Zealand since 2008. My husband and I have 2 teenage boys who currently attend Mahurangi College. We are an outdoor family, and our lifestyle block in Makarau keeps us busy on weekends.
I am a registered teacher with over 25 year experience. I am passionate about building respectful and reciprocal relationships with children and their wider whanau as I believe this is the foundation to creating an authentic, child-led environment. I believe this builds trust with the child so I can provide them with an environment that will support children to take risks in their play. This in turn will encourage children to become independent and confident in their abilities to learn new things and prepare them for life.
Assistant Manager, Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Tanya. I am loving working with all of our beautiful tamariki and whānau alongside such a wonderful and supportive bunch of kaiako. I graduated from the University of Waikato in 2020 with my Bachelor of Primary Teaching. Since then I have worked in both Early Childhood and Primary. I am engaged to my wonderful partner who I will marry in early January 2024. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I have also recently taken up running with my partner, one day I am hoping to complete a half marathon.
My name is Sandra, I have my Bachelor of early childhood education and have been teaching since 2010. I live in Snells Beach with my husband Stuart, we have three grown tamariki, Stefanie, Kirsty, and Ryan. We also have four mokopuna.
My hobbies are gardening, cooking, fishing, and hand crafts. Gardening is something that I love to pass on to the tamariki as it is a way to help them experience the joy of planting, growing, and even trying new foods. I love messy play as it encourages tamariki to develop their senses. Art is also a great way for tamariki to be able to express themselves in different ways and I will do my best to encourage them to try new and different experiences.
Hi There my name is Tahlena but you can call me Tilly. I have been working at Educare since October 2017. I have loved getting to know all of our amazing children and families and working alongside the lovely staff. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and have lived in the countryside my entire life. I am a big animal lover and will happily stop and say hello to any pet that I come across. I enjoy spending my free time with the people I love, listening to music and playing console games.
Kia Ora, my name is Mia, I am an unregistered teacher in the Fantails room, I have experience working with tamariki of all ages and am very passionate about working with under twos. Outside of work I really enjoy being outdoors, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
I’m excited to have recently joined the Educare team as the nutritionist. My background is in hospitality, in particular cheffing. I am passionate about teaching children the importance of healthy eating. I hold a diploma in nutrition and I am eager to use my knowledge through cooking delicious food for our tamariki. I am a local in Warkworth where I live with my husband and 3 children. We love to explore the beaches during our weekends.