Our head teacher Rebecca has been in early childhood education for over 30 years. Rebecca has been in centre management at Te Puna Reo, and has experience as a professional development facilitator, parents and first teachers facilitator and senior teacher at the Auckland Kindergarten Association. She has 6 children and 3 grandchildren and is passionate about ensuring teachers and programmes deliver the best possible learning outcomes for children and their families.
Whaea Tulei Hopewell
Whaea Tulei has been teaching in ECE for the last 3 years after graduating from AUT as a Pasifika ECE teacher. She is of mixed Samoan and English heritage, is the eldest of 3 siblings and has lived in South Auckland for over 40 years. She has a lot of aroha - alofa - love and time for children to share, teach and be collaborative with fun activities.
Regan is a registered ECE teacher. He decided to study a bachelor of teaching in ECE after doing lunch cover in his daughter’s early learning centre. Regan and his wife have 6 children and 10 mokopuna. He loves to play and support children in their interests. He enjoys conversations with tamariki and helping them express themselves through song, dance, music and art.
Poia Alpha is a fully registered teacher with over 40 years of primary teaching experience. She has taught year 0 - 4 and spent 10 years teaching a new entrant’s class, as well as being a social worker in schools for a year. She homeschooled her 3 children up to high school level. Poia loves spending time with family, badminton, swimming, reading aloud to others, playing guitar, singing and dancing.
Bodelle Te Wao
Bodelle has been teaching in the ECE sector for the last 11 years. She has worked with a variety of age groups but found toddlers to be her passion. Helping tamariki and their whanau is the most rewarding job she can think of! What Bodelle loves about her job is helping kids achieve their full potential and helping them feel happier and better about themselves. She prides herself on forming great relationships with whanau and families as this is an essential tool to the development of a child.
Valdina is our amazing community coordinator, and also works as a parenting facilitator for the Ministry of Education, empowering parents with strategies that help improve parent child relationships and overall betters’ families. She is very passionate about families and has 3 children. Valdina has studied in a range of areas including christian leadership, pacific in nutrition health, and business studies - money management and adult numeracy and literacy.
Jacinta is our centre administrator. Jacinta and her husband have a young girl Willow, who is attending Equippers Kids. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and friends, going to the park, watching movies at home, or sharing meals together. She attends Equippers church Manukau, and loves meeting new people and serving the community. Jacinta is passionate about creating an environment for children to feel safe and belong.
Jen is our amazing chef at Equippers Kids. Food is her greatest passion, and she’s been working in hospitality for the last 7 years after gaining her degree in culinary arts and working as a professional chef. She loves spending time with her partner, Max, and 2 year old son, Jax, who is attending Equippers Kids. She also loves spending time with wider family and friends. Jen loves to serve the families in the community through ensuring their children get nutritious and delicious food during the times they are with our care.
Marama is a registered teacher and has been working with children for over 10 years. Before joining Equippers Kids, she taught at a Te Reo Maori primary school, Kura Kaupapa and Creative Learning Scheme. She was part of the opening of a bilingual unit and worked there for 3 years. Marama has been married for 7 years and has a 14 year old daughter - family is what she values most. She loves cooking for people, singing and music. She loves children - and loves their honesty and how cute they are - even when they cry.
Mariu Feau holds a bachelor of teaching and worldview studies, and has been teaching for 5 years. She is of Maori and European descent. Mariu enjoys visual arts and being creative, and loves to share this with tamariki.
Chantelle Ewing is a provisional registered teacher with a graduate diploma in Early childhood. Chantelle and her fiancé have a very large extended family which they enjoy spending time with. She enjoys cooking, fitness, and exploring beaches and the park with family. Before joining Equippers Kids she was at her previous centre for 3.5 years.
Verona (Vee) is a support teacher at Equippers Kids, a mum to 2 amazing children and a nana to 3 amazingly unique and precious grand-babies. She loves being part of the Equippers Kids team because she loves watching young children grow and gain confidence in who they are. She loves seeing the amazing children flourish and looks forward to growth of the centre.
Silia is one of the support staff at Equippers Kids. She loves spending quality time with friends and family, and also loves serving every week at her local youth group. She’s excited to be part of the Equippers Kids team and looking forward to helping in the development and growth of our little ones.
Danielle is one of the support staff here at Equippers Kids. She is an only child, but has a large extended family. She enjoys anything that allows her to be creative in the area of arts and craft, writing, reading - especially poetry, novels and biographies. She loves being part of a team and environment that works and develops many different areas of a child’s growth - spiritual, mental and physical.
Grace is one of the support staff at Equippers Kids. She loves playing sports, especially touch and turbo touch. She also enjoys eating out at her favourite restauraunt, Momo tea. She lives at home with her parents and 3 younger brothers. Grace loves working with the children and watching them explore new things about themselves. She loves seeing their BIG smiles when they play. Everyday is different and Grace loves learning new things each day about the children and early childhood education.