Asaalam alaykum and Kia ora o te wahanau,

Ko Sunilla Naik toku ingoa.  I am the classroom teacher of the young champions of Room 30.  I have five years of teaching experience in a range of year levels between Year 1-6, as well as two years of experience teaching at a university in Pakistan.  My family moved to New Zealand in 2015.  I love this beautiful country and its people as much as I love my home country.  Last year, I completed my Graduate Diploma of Primary teaching from the University of Auckland and spent two terms training at an intermediate school.  I admire and respect thinking of this age group and am passionate about students learning to their potential and striving for excellence.  I promote an inclusive practice and aim to create life-long, self-directed learners, which is a key aspect of my teaching philosophy.  Furthermore, I am a true believer of building strong positive relationships with my learners.  This year, I am expanding my knowledge by studying towards a Post Graduate Certificate of Education specialising in primary school science and mathematics teaching.

I am married to Faisal and have three young energetic boys, Masha Allah.  My eldest son will be starting university this year and the younger two are in high school and intermediate school, respectively.  I support my boys with their academic and sports activities, and actively participate as a parent helper whenever I can.  My Sunday mornings are busy playing badminton with friends and family.  Baking/ cooking is my other passion and I love to try out different cuisines.  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.