Our People

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Catherine Jones, Centre Manager

Kia ora, My name is Catherine Jones and I am the centre manager here at Pascals Herne Bay.

I have been part of the Pascals whanau since 2019, we are lucky to have a beautiful heritage building and large outdoor space to spend our days alongside the tamariki.

I am a qualified and registered teacher, holding both a Bachelor in Education ECE and a Grad Dip Primary.

I originally graduated in 2006 and still find joy in the early childhood environment.

I am a born and bred Westie and come from a large family, I enjoy getting out and about in my spare time going on hikes, bush walks or visiting one of the many local beaches. I also spend a lot of time watching sport and enjoying concerts.

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Rachel Ravoori , Koru Room Team Leader

With 18 years of experience as a registered teacher working with 3- to 5-year-old children, I am deeply committed to instilling a lifelong love for learning in young children. I hold a Master's in Science from overseas and have completed qualifications in Primary and Early Childhood Education in New Zealand. My passion for science and my expertise in providing thought-provoking, hands-on activities foster creativity, critical thinking, and school readiness. Always driven by enthusiasm, I embrace the role of a lifelong learner, constantly seeking new knowledge and approaches to help every child reach their potential. I am grateful to be a part of the amazing and loving Pascals community.

Iliana Jacob-Williams, Centre Administrator
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Campbell McAllister , Centre Chef

Kia ora, Kia orana!

My name is Campbell McAllister and I am of Cook Island, Maori (Te Rarawa, Nga Puhi) and Pakeha decent. I was born, raised and live in Central Auckland.

I am a mama to 2 young boys; we love to spend a lot of our spare time with family so it is amazing coming to a workplace where I am surrounded by our little tamariki.

My partner and I  have been in hospitality for many years as chefs. I have recently stepped away from a support working role helping our vulnerable peoples in the inner CBD.


I have a big passion  helping people through food and find cooking and eating very therapeutic!

I enjoy cooking a wide variety of dishes, love getting creative in the kitchen and welcome any new ideas from families, staff and tamariki.

Nga mahi

Jecel Aganon, Head Teacher – Fern Room

Kia ora everyone, ko Jecel ahau - I am Jecel, head teacher of the Fern room (under 2s) at Pascals Herne Bay

I completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) in 2020 and gained my Bachelors (Education and Psychology) at the end of 2015, studying at The University of Otago.

Tamariki have an innate urge to play - they are natural explorers and I believe that part of my role as kaiako is to create learning opportunities to encourage and support their discoveries. Building responsive relationships with our tamariki and their whānau is fundamental to my mahi as I believe this is where learning truly begins

Outside mahi, I like to stay active and I love to travel too! Internationally or even just exploring our beautiful backyard - Aotearoa is full of hidden gems and landscapes that I’m incredibly grateful to call home!