Edgewater College has 3 regular youth workers and one Team Leader.

Rebecca Bowlin

Youth Worker

Rebecca has been at Edgewater since 2017. She has completed her Youth Worker Certificate, level 3. She also has a background in youth work both in New Zealand and America.

She is originally from Indiana in the U.S. She is married to Josh Bowlin and they have four children.

Rebecca has been instrumental in expanding the youth worker programme at Edgewater in 2018, including bringing the Traveller's Programme to the school.

Sarah Whitaker

Youth Worker

Sarah started at Edgewater in 2018. She has a background in youth work and working with foster children. She has completed her Youth Workers National Certificate, level 3. She is also studying to become a Counsellor.

Sarah was born in New Zealand but grew up in the U.K. and moved back to New Zealand in 2016, with her husband, Daryl and they have 4 children.

She loves reading and spending time with her family.

Jethro George

Youth Worker

Jethro was new to our team in 2020, but not new to youth work. He has worked with youth for many years, including via the Te Takoha Mai Roopu Charitable Trust, which he also founded.

He has several degrees including a Masters of Human Rights from Auckland University of Technology (2019). He has also worked as a youth worker in Northland and for a variety of agencies in the community youth work sector.

When Jethro is not working he is usually with his six-year-old son.

Mike Turinsky

School Manager and Team Leader

Mike works behind the scenes to make sure our youth workers are properly trained and equipped to be effective at Edgewater. He is also a youth worker at Botany Downs Secondary College.


Mike is committed to helping students find that extra edge in life that can put them on the road to becoming positive contributing members of society.