Asaalam alaykum and Kia ora o te whanau, Ko Sunilla Naik toku ingoa. 

I am the classroom teacher of the young champions of room 30 and this is my second year teaching at ANI. This year, I also have the privilege to serve as a staff leader of the house Whenua at this fabulous school.  I have five years of teaching experience in a range of year levels between years 1 to 6, as well as two years of experience teaching at a university in Pakistan.  My family moved to New Zealand in 2015 and I completed my teacher’s training in 2020 from the University of Auckland. Last year, I also completed a course which specialises in teaching maths and science to young children.

I admire and respect the thinking of students at the intermediate level and strongly aim to support students to see their potential and strive for excellence.  In my classroom, I promote inclusiveness and lifelong learning. Furthermore, I am a true believer of building strong positive relationships with my learners. 

I am married and we have three teenage boys in our house, Masha Allah. When I am home, I cook traditional cuisine and watch a good cricket series with my family. I support my boys with their academic and sports activities and actively participate as a parent helper whenever I can. On weekends,

I love to play and organise badminton games for my friends. This year I am proud to win the Women Doubles Badminton tournament held in our community. Born and raised in Pakistan and having maternal and paternal families from India, my first two languages are Urdu and Hindi. I am profusely thrilled and excited to be part of the ANI family and looking forward to a fun-filled learning year ahead.