Kia Ora koutou! My name is Beren and I am excited to be joining ANI as the Arts specialist teacher. I was born in Taranaki but have spent most of my life in Auckland. Before training as a teacher I studied filmmaking at South Seas Film and Television School in 2010. For 7 years I worked as a videographer and visual artist in the Auckland film and theatre industry. Completing my Bachelor of education last year has enabled me to bring my love for education and the creative arts together. This year I am looking forward to encouraging learners to express them through a variety of artistic mediums such as film, photography, design, sculpture, drawings and paintings. 

I believe that exploring our lives through art builds empathy and understanding for a more connected and compassionate world.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, live music, and spending time with my friends, whānau, and partner. 

I am looking forward to creating with you!