Hi, my name is Jim Dyer, and I am Kauri Team Leader.  I have been a teacher for over 13 years across all stages of Primary and Intermediate.  I am starting my third year teaching at ANI.  I particularly enjoy Intermediate ages as this is where inquiring minds really develop.  I strive to ensure the students in my team are empowered to be successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.  I strongly encourage good manners and respect and believe in the quote by Clarence Thomas, “Good manners will open doors that even the best education cannot”.

I moved with my wife and son to New Zealand from Scotland in 2018.  I only miss a few things from Scotland, since New Zealand has an abundance of hills to climb and beautiful places to visit.  Mostly I miss family and football.  I keep in regular contact by phone and through my new best friend ‘Zoom’.  Football is slightly more difficult withg the time difference meaning I have to get out of bed at 3 or 4am to watch games live!

I am a keen sportsman and have coached football for over 15 years accumulating numerous coaching badges along the way, the next step being my Professional Licence run by EUFA.  After arriving in New Zealand I took the opportunity to join a local over 45’s league and play regularly for my local team, injuries and old age permitting.

I am a strong believer in building a culture of life-long learning giving the students the skills, drive and resilience to take on new ideas and concepts at any age.  This is evident in my actions as I recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education 3-14 years and I am currently working towards a Masters in Leadership.

After a challenging year in 2020 for all of our school community, I am looking forward to starting this year with some new skills and flexibility in teaching and learning.