Our Staff

Principal

Jill Farquharson
Jill FarquharsonPrincipal
Jill FarquharsonPrincipal, Principal
Kia Ora, Ko Jill Farquharson toku ingoa As a born and bred Aucklander I can’t help but feel immensely proud to be leading one of the country's top intermediate schools right here in our own backyard. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to work in such a progressive and dynamic school. As a youngster I grew up in West Auckland enjoying the freedom of space and open fields in addition to the many beaches Auckland has on offer. No surprise that I spend much of my spare time now at the beach or outdoors. I’m sure this is also why I’m so passionate about students at ANI having plenty of space to move, plenty of experiences to learn outside the classroom and numerous extra curricular activities (especially sport!). I am the second daughter in a family of four girls and one boy which meant I learnt early how important it is to collaborate with others, care for one another and value whanau. I have two wonderful grown up sons, one in NZ and another in the UK, am married to Allan and have a very large extended family with 15 nieces and nephews many of who regularly help out at school. Out of school I enjoy spending time with family, attending yoga classes, road cycling (very slowly), playing golf (very poorly) and going to the gym. Well that’s enough about me - now onto what makes ANI such a special place to learn. Our vision statement ‘To have internationally minded, inquiring, knowledgeable and confident life long learners’ is as relevant now as it was when we established it. With the challenges our learners experienced last year during COVID-19 we lived through international change, we gathered new knowledge about what a world pandemic means and we all grew in resilience and confidence.As educators we know the importance of preparing our young people for a new future, a future that will be coupled with an ever changing educational landscape. The knowledge and experience we gained from lockdown will help us develop deeper learning pathways which in turn will provide greater personalisation of education and extend learning opportunities for all students. One of my goals this year is to meet the needs of every single one of our emerging adolescents and I intend to work closely with students and their teachers to achieve this goal. I want to ensure the intermediate school experience is amazing for all our learners. Collaboration, teamwork and a focus on ‘WHY’ we do what we do drives me and I am committed to providing your children with an education that offers challenge, choice, independence and opportunity while at intermediate school. I am also looking forward to watching two building projects that we have planned for later this year unfold. Staff, students and the board are looking forward to construction commencing around June/July on a multi purpose space (or as you may know it , a school hall and gym) and a two storied teaching block of ten classrooms. Exciting times ahead and we all can’t wait to get them underway. We will keep you updated on our progress as we move through the year via school apps and newsletters. You won’t miss out knowing what’s going on! Please feel free to drop in to say hi anytime you are passing or email me. I look forward to meeting you, having a chat and getting to know you all.

Senior Leadership

Bryce Mills
Bryce MillsDeputy Principal
Bryce MillsSenior Leadership, Deputy Principal
My name is Bryce Mills and I am one of the Deputy Principals at Auckland Normal Intermediate School. I have had the privilege of being part of this fantastic team for almost 4 years now and can confidently say that I work with some of the most talented professionals in the country. My journey started on the east coast of South Africa, in a little town called Durban. As a young person, I spent most weekends either at the beach with my family or on the sports field where I played Hockey and Rugby - my folks had the right idea keeping their sons busy and out of mischief! Moving to New Zealand when I was 15 was both challenging and exciting - a new chapter in our lives. Finishing my high school qualifications at Long Bay College on the North Shore, I ventured off to complete a Diploma in Science at Auckland University before moving to AUT to complete my Bachelor of Education. Four years later I completed my Masters of Education with a focus on Educational Futures which I can say has changed and transformed my view of education forever. During the early years of becoming a teacher I spent 12 months teaching at various schools in London which was an incredible experience and one that has shaped who I am as a professional today. My partner and I live in Mount Roskill with our furry kid, Frankie! Frankie is a miniature dachshund and is our service dog at school. Frankie spends her day with students who sometimes need a break from the classroom environment - she absolutely loves school and the kids love her! My partner and I are big foodies and love being outdoors, often venturing off to various walks around the Waitakere ranges with Frankie in tow. We have 2 nieces and 1 nephew who keep us very busy 🙂 I am excited about what the future has in store for education in New Zealand. The learnings from working from home with the lockdowns of 2020 as well as the research from educational leaders such as Finland, are helping to challenge norms and expectations of how a school should run. Education is shifting and changing constantly and I am proud to live and work in country that is so open to change! Bring on another exciting year!
Shane Devery
Shane DeveryDeputy Principal
Shane DeverySenior Leadership, Deputy Principal
Hi everyone my name is Shane and I am very proud to be working with the very talented and forward thinking staff and especially students here at ANI. I have a fun and positive approach to teaching and learning and this is further enhanced by the dynamic IB PYP platform and framework for learning we have embraced at ANI. I enjoy being part of the school events and activities and enjoy being part of organising or coaching sports teams, such as the ski team and facilitating Student Coaching, another passion of mine. I have an active and energetic family consisting of two daughters, who are both at EGG’s, and a lovely wife who provides a constant backbone for the whanau. My Whakapapa is from the West of Auckland, where my mother still resides, and I am proud to be an original Westie. Growing up out west was great for me as it provided a lot of old school values/morals and a whanau like community feeling, of which I still enjoy today. It also provided me with many life lessons and gave me a love for achieving what I set my mind to and enjoying anything to do with the outdoors. I have grown up playing a variety of sports and activities that have kept me busy such as Rugby league (Rosters for life), touch, skiing, surfing, swimming and many more. I love going to the beach and being in the water, which is my happy place. I am a member of the Piha Surf club and love attending our patrol on a voluntary basis over the summer months. I am looking forward to working with you in the future and spending time with you tamariki during their time at ANI.

Year 7 Totara Team

Kieran Gleeson
Kieran GleesonTeam Leader, Room 20
Kieran GleesonYear 7 Totara team, Team Leader, Room 20

Dia daoibh gach duine. My name is Kieran Gleeson. I am the Year 7 team leader of the Totara team. I originally hail from Ireland, where I grew up with my parents and two sisters; Eve and Val. We are all away from home at the moment, spread across London, Sydney and of course Auckland. Travel is a passion of mine having travelled extensively through South America, Europe and South East Asia. Before Auckland, I lived in Sydney for a year. When I can travel again, my next destinations will hopefully be Japan & Hawaii!

I love teaching in intermediate school. I believe the two year schooling experience comes at a unique time for the development of our young children’s character. Part of my passion is developing resilient and open minded students who learn to look after their own wellbeing. I do this with the help of ANI’s In School Leaders, who develop the wellbeing initiative. I enjoy building strong relationships with my students, inspiring them where I can and learning from them everyday.

Outside of school, you’ll find me playing football most nights of the week. I enjoy staying fit and bringing this enthusiasm into some of my sports work with the students such as leading and promoting girls football in the school. I really hope to go to the AIMS games this year. Music has been a huge part of my life, growing up playing the piano, percussion and violin in numerous orchestras and ensembles. I look forward to bringing these passions to the stage and helping with this year’s school production.

I am so excited to continue working at ANI this year and enjoying all the upcoming experiences with my class.

Xavier Rice
Xavier RiceRoom 19
Xavier RiceYear 7 Totara team, Room 19
Kia Ora I am Xavier Rice and I have joined this amazing team and community and Auckland Normal Intermediate. It is of great privilege and fortune to join such a talented, hardworking, caring and future focused team that endeavours to provide the greatest intermediate experience possible.  I had a wonderful upbringing living by the beach with my 3 older siblings Jacob, Lucy and Adam and son of Mark and Nancy Rice. A six year gap between my siblings and I meant I had great role models who challenged me, inspired me and took care of me. Being the youngest also meant they were like the test dummies and I got away with everything (mums favourite). My education career began at Red Beach Primary, before moving to Orewa college for my junior years and finishing at St. Paul’s College (Ponsonby). As long as I can remember I have wanted to teach, I never really knew why, I was just drawn to it. Therefore, I undertook a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at AUT majoring in Health and Physical Education and Physical Activity and Nutrition (2016-2018). Upon completion, I followed my childhood dream and chased a Rugby League contract in England. While in Europe I had a chance to see a small chunk of the world where I learnt a huge amount and grew as a person. Coming home, I undertook my Masters in Teaching and Learning at AUT in 2020. Now here I am at ANI with the wonderful room 19 today! I am passionate about sport, mental well-being and development of the whole self. I currently still play for the Northcote and North Shore Tigers (Rugby League & Aussie Rules respectively). I engage in any physical activity and appreciate the benefits it can have for every human being. I endeavour to learn and include mindfulness practice for myself and students continuously. 
Louisa Pielichaty
Louisa PielichatyRoom 21
Louisa PielichatyYear 7 Totara team, Room 21
I am a passionate teacher who champions creativity in all aspects of life and learning and I am excited by the teaching and learning opportunities at ANI. I believe in lifelong learning and instilling a love of reading for pleasure in my students, to be continued throughout their lives. I enjoy employing a creative curriculum and using collaborative, hands on activities in my learning environment. I believe it is important to establish strong and meaningful relationships with my pupils in a nurturing and inclusive environment and I hope that all children in my care will feel enjoyment and successes during our time together. I grew up in London and earned my First Class Honours Degree in Childhood Studies from the University of Leeds. I then completed a PGCE through the esteemed Teach First Leadership Development Programme at Northumbria University in Newcastle. Prior to joining ANI, I taught in primary schools in Newcastle, UK, and at an International School in Bangkok, Thailand. I have led cooking clubs, French clubs and been involved in numerous sports tournaments, competitions and school residential activities. I have also worked with charities and provided English language education to children in Peru.  When I am not teaching, I love to travel as much as I can, read, paint, play netball and cook. I also enjoy singing and have partaken in a couple of staff bands!
Sophie Hunt
Sophie HuntRoom 22
Sophie HuntYear 7 Totara team, Room 22

Tēnā koutou katoa. My name is Sophie and this will be my second year at Auckland Normal Intermediate. I am so excited to continue teaching year 7 students the skills to be lifelong learners. I was travelling the world for some time where I discovered just how important it is for all of us to be global learners and to soak in the knowledge of the wider world. Social studies is my favourite subject which fits well with the schools International Baccalaureate program. I have a huge focus on building strong relationships with my students, their families and the relationship between the students in my class. I believe with a strong foundation of surrounding relationships, it creates an inclusive and safe classroom environment that exhibits students who are empathetic, confident, creative, innovative, willing to take risks and many more positive outcomes as a result.

In my spare time I love to travel, cook, bake, explore new places, spend time with family and friends and also being a lifelong learner. This year, I personally have a big focus on pushing myself outside my comfort zone and trying new things. I hope my students will follow as an example and try something different this year.

Annie MacKellow
Annie MacKellowRoom 23
Annie MacKellowYear 7 Totara team, Room 23
Kia ora koutou, my name is Annie and I am extremely excited to be able to work alongside both the amazing staff and students of ANI. I am creative and passionate in my approaches to teaching and learning and hope to inspire such qualities in my students. I am at the start of my teaching journey and believe that learning never stops, and hope to be able to gain a great deal of knowledge from my students also. I have spent my time growing up on the North Shore of Auckland, but trace my whakapapa to the northern iwi of Ngāpuhi in the Hokianga region. I have a strong connection to tikanga and my Māori culture, and love being able to incorporate it wherever possible. My upbringing was also one that was rich in the arts, particularly drama, dance and visual arts as well as a few sports. I currently enjoy Ballroom and Latin American dance, as well as the odd game of touch rugby or football. I look forward to working alongside the on-coming ākonga of ANI.
Colin Dale
Colin DaleRoom 24
Colin DaleYear 7 Totara team, Room 24
I love learning and over many years have studied at a number of Universities. I have travelled all over the world and am fascinated by the way other cultures live. I have a special interest in Maori as our tangata te whenua. I love all things Maori and have worked in Pacific communities also enjoying their culture and people. I have taught at all levels of our school system including tertiary, but remain committed to the middle years of our school system. Middle schools are dynamic and provide a special inspirational programme that is exciting and unique in what is offered both in the curriculum and in extracurricular activities. I am passionate about future focused learning practices. My main interest is reading, especially action stories. I play the piano and love listening to classical music.

Year 7 Kauri Team

Jim Dyer
Jim DyerTeam Leader, Room 25
Jim DyerYear 7 Kauri Team, Team Leader, Room 25
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.
Charlotte Ironside
Charlotte IronsideRoom 29
Charlotte IronsideYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 29
My name is Charlotte Ironside, Year 7 classroom teacher and ISL (In School Leader).  This is my third year teaching at ANI and I love the variety and excitement that working at ANI brings. I moved to New Zealand four years ago to discover a place as far away from my native Yorkshire in the UK as I could and fell in love with the beauty and kindness of Kiwi's and their country.  I spent a year travelling over both islands before deciding to settle down in Auckland to resume my teaching career. Having studied Ancient History at university, I have a very analytical mind and adapt this into my teaching.  I enjoy helping students unravel the mysteries of the world and helping them learn from the past in order to improve their future.  One thing I have learnt about kiwi kids in my time educating over here, is the huge thirst for knowledge and keen curiosity they ahve as they continually challenge their thinking and understanding of the world.  As a result, I like to create a partnership in my class, where the teacher guides students and students expand not only their own thinking, but my own as they discover their own ideas and opinions. When I am not teaching, I love the outdoor lifestyle that being in New Zealand offers.  I will often be found tramping or rock climbing.  I have also recently purchased a campervan and look forward to having as many adventures in New Zealand as possible!  I can also be found watching cricket (like a good English girl!!) and any ice hockey I can find!  I have recently just got engaged and will be using most of my spare time this year to begin wedding research and potential planning!
Yen Kim
Yen KimRoom 26
Yen KimYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 26
My name is Yen Kim and I am the classroom teacher of Room 26 at ANI.  I have been working with this fabulous team and students of our community since last year. My dream of teaching and the journey to come this far started in South Korea when I was 13.  I met the most inspiring teacher at school and that's when I decided I wanted to teach.  I have finished my secondary teacher training in the Social Studies subject area in Seoul, and moved to New Zealand in 2017 where I completed my postgraduate degree in primary teaching. I have special interests in Music, Maths and Languages.  I enjoy being outdoors, cliff hiking, biking, spontaneous picnics and many more.  I also love spending some quiet time at home, playing piano, cooking or baking cakes. I am very much looking forward to building relationships with students and whanau this year.  I will work hard to challenge and inspire our students with some of the most exciting learning opportunities.
Jason Shin
Jason ShinRoom 28
Jason ShinYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 28
Hello everybody, my name is Jason Shin and I am very proud to be the teacher of Room 28 who is excited about the year ahead.  I believe in leading students to become inquirers so that they can think critically and dive into their true passions in order to pursue what they desire.  I encourage the students to take risks and try new opportunities whenever they arise.  I enjoy teaching within the International Baccalaureate programme, and am a collaborative teacher who is passionate about working with intermediate students, especially those experiencing the transition to a new school.  I want to give good guidance to the students so that they can be successful in what they do and express their interests to others. I was born in Korea but have lived in New Zealand since I was 3.  I have travelled the same pathway as the students by attending ANI and Auckland Boys' Grammar as a student.  I completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in Writing Studies.  Then I did a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching.  I have realised through my education here how important it is for children to know what they enjoy.  My enjoyments include writing, reading, singing, playing tennis and travelling. I am looking forward to this year and cannot wait to meet you all.
Andrew Lawrence
Andrew LawrenceRoom 27
Andrew LawrenceYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 27
My name is Andy Lawrence and I am the eager teacher in Room 27.  Additionally, I am one of ANI's Across School Leaders, working with several schools in our community to develop the wellbeing of staff and students.  I have taught both Year 7 and Year 8, and am now entering my seventh year at ANI.  I love teaching intermediate age students and seeing their development over the two years, becoming confident and capable young people. In my spare time, I love watching films and listening to and making music, as an expressive outlet.  I am an avid reader and writer, something I wish to pass onto my students.  I love the outdoors and being in nature, as well as spending time with my friends and family, particularly my wife and daughter. I am committed to being the best I can be, with a desire to model open mindedness and risk taking to those around me.  Being incredibly social, I am looking forward to connecting with my students and school community this year, and I am beyond excited for what is in store for those young people new to ANI - there's a lot on offer!
Sunilla Naik
Sunilla NaikRoom 30
Sunilla NaikYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 30
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.  This is my first year teaching at ANI and I am super thrilled to spend 2021 with you and your child.  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.

Year 8 Matai Team

Megan Hughes
Megan HughesTeam Leader, Room 4
Megan HughesYear 8 Matai Team, Team Leader, Room 4
Kia ora e te whanau. My name is Megan Hughes, I am the Room 4 classroom teacher, Matai team leader, Year 8 Dean and the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). I am passionate about teaching this age group of students- they have so much potential and change so much in 2 years, it is exciting to share their learning journeys with them. Students at ANI never fail to blow me away with the quality of their work- it is inspiring to work in an environment that supports and extends students to reach their full potential and beyond. I believe that building strong relationships is the key to engaging our young people and I look forward to working alongside you to make sure your child has a great experience in Year 8 and achieves to the best of their ability.  2021 is going to be an exciting year for me and my whanau. My son Sam and his wife Kohe will be welcoming another Hughes into the world in April so I will be a Grandma. I cannot wait to see my beautiful granddaughter, and will be spending my spare time with them in Napier. I am a passionate reader so love to do this when I am not at school. I love movies and have watched a lot of different series on Netflix and I am always looking for new recommendations! I am a keen swimmer and I have been set a challenge of improving my fitness this year so I will be trying out new ways to do this to improve my wellbeing.  I am excited for this year and cannot wait to meet and work with new students and their whanau. 
Steven Van Nes
Steven Van NesRoom 3
Steven Van NesYear 8 Matai Team, Room 3
Tēnā Koutou e te whānau, my name is Steven Van Nes. I grew up in the Mt Eden area, going to local schools and playing for local sports clubs so am excited to be joining the ANI learning community in 2021. I am a passionate educator who strives to innovate and engage our tamariki with exciting learning opportunities. I have taught for 2 years in China and 1 year in Ireland before returning to complete my Masters Degree in Teaching at Auckland University. I have taught a variety of age groups but think there is something special about the intermediate years as students discover new passions through all the opportunities that are presented to them.  Outside of teaching, I have two beautiful children. 3 year old son, Mason, and 1 year old daughter, Nova that keep me busy! I am mad about sports, particularly cricket, rugby and league. My favourite black cap is Kane Williamson and my favourite all black is Brodie Retallick. I love snowboarding, surfing and also love to free dive and scuba to gather kai moana. I look forward to working with you and your child this year!
Saasha Jolley
Saasha JolleyRoom 2
Saasha JolleyYear 8 Matai Team, Room 2
Kia ora e te whanau. My name is Saasha Jolley and I am the lucky classroom teacher of Room 2. I have worked with the year 8 students at ANI for the past 4 and a half years and I am looking forward to building strong, positive relationships with the new year 8 cohort and their whanau. I really enjoy working with this age group as it is an extremely important time in their lives as they transition from primary education towards high school. It is important to me that I am creating lifelong learners who are confident in themselves and their own abilities, while also ensuring they maintain a balance in their wellbeing.  In my spare time, I am all about my family. I have an amazing 2 year old son, named Kobi. He is a cheeky, adventurous and loving boy which makes me look at life from a whole new perspective. Kobi also loves to come and visit the school and has so much fun interacting with and playing with all the children.  I am excited for this year and all we can achieve together. 
Natalya Hazelwood
Natalya HazelwoodRoom 6
Natalya HazelwoodYear 8 Matai Team, Room 6
Kia ora e te whanau. My name is Natalya Hazelwood and I am the blessed classroom teacher of room 6. I have worked with year 8 students from ANI for 2 years and am excited to be this year Ahi house staff leader. I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher that focuses on building and maintaining relationships with my students and their whanau. In my classroom, I strive to create a safe learning environment that fosters positivity, collaboration and respect. I am looking forward to encouraging all my students in discovering their abilities to reach their full potential and inspiring them to reach beyond what they thought possible.  In my spare time, I am all about family and friends and creating memories together. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy eating out with friends, getting my head into a good book or watching a great Netflix series.  I am so excited for 2021 and all the opportunities our students will have to achieve great things this year. 
Alice O’Sullivan
Alice O’SullivanRoom 7
Alice O’SullivanYear 8 Matai Team, Room 7
Kia ora e te whānau. I’m Alice O’Sullivan and I am the classroom teacher in Room 7. This is my first year teaching at Auckland Normal Intermediate. I have taught in the UK and New Zealand in a variety of age groups for 5 years. I am very excited to get to know the children at ANI and build strong, meaningful relationships with the Year 8 learners. I am passionate about enquiry based learning as the lessons along the way are always exciting and sometimes unexpected. When I am not in school I enjoy spending lots of time outside including running, hiking, snowboarding and kayaking. I enjoy travelling and have loved getting to know New Zealand over the last few years. I’m always keen to hear about favourite spots and recommendations for the next adventure! I look forward to meeting you all very soon.
Kueni Schaumkel
Kueni SchaumkelRoom 5
Kueni SchaumkelYear 8 Matai Team, Room 5
Talofa Lava my name is Kueni Schaumkel. I am the Room 5 classroom teacher and also take on the role at ANI as the Cultural Leader. I am a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who believes in establishing and maintaining strong relationships with my learners and their whanau. I am passionate about creating a safe and positive classroom culture, where students feel welcome and confident to have a say in their learning.  Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending time with my partner, friends and family. I spend my spare time teaching group fitness classes at a local gym and exploring our beautiful backyard we are so lucky to have in Aotearoa.  I can’t wait to meet you all very soon! 

Year 8 Rimu Team

Nick Edwards
Nick EdwardsTeam Leader, Room 9
Nick EdwardsYear 8 Rimu Team, Team Leader, Room 9
Kia Ora everyone, my name is Nick and I am very proud to be a Year 8 team leader at ANI and the Room 9 teacher this year. I have the privilege to lead a team of multi-talented and mulit-cultural teachers who bring incredible experience and enthusiasm to the school. Rimu Team is a fantastic group of teachers that provide wonderful learning experiences for their students. As a teacher I invest in students as lifelong learners and believe that they are capable of incredible achievements when they find a passion for learning and that their teacher is key to helping them find and explore this. I really enjoy supporting sports within the school and making the most of all the active opportunities at ANI.  I was born to a New Zealand mother and English father who met in London and that is where I was raised for a few years before moving down to Southampton. This is the third time I have lived in New Zealand but, for this time around, I made the move with my beautiful wife, Laura, back in 2019. Little did we know that we had a little stowaway on board with us and it wasn’t long until we welcomed our daughter, Olivia, who is a proud little kiwi already! We enjoy spending our weekends and evenings at the beach and playing in the local parks. I love the ocean and enjoy my sea swimming every weekend, no matter the weather or temperature! I swim in open water events all over New Zealand and use these as opportunities to explore our beautiful Aoteroa. I am in awe of nature; mountains, lakes, the sea and forests are where I find calm and an appreciation for the world we live in. 
Jo Wang
Jo WangRoom 10
Jo WangYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 10
Kia ora, my name is Jo and I am very excited to be joining the Year 8 Rimu team as the Room 10 teacher for 2021. I have recently completed both my Master’s in Education specialising in Literacy, and Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Leadership.  I enjoy travelling and am passionate about learning and understanding different cultures. I have taught in many different countries around the world. I have taught in Taiwan, Australia, Colombia, and Brazil. I was very fortunate that I was able to experience different cultures on a deeper level and integrate what I have learnt from the different cultures which I have encountered into my teaching and sharing my experience with my students.  As a teacher, I value building a strong connection with my students. I enjoy talking to them and finding out their passion and interests. I also like to share my own experiences and knowledge with my students in order to help the students to make the best decisions and choices for their life. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy latin dancing such as salsa, bachata, and tango. I like to read, go to the movies, and spend quality time with friends. I have a passion for learning, and I like to take up new challenges and try new things. 
Ashley Triana
Ashley TrianaRoom 14
Ashley TrianaYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 14
Tēnā Koutou, my name is Ashley Triana and I’m really looking forward to my second year at ANI and in the wonderful Rimu team. I was born and raised in Auckland and am lucky enough to have a pretty big family - there are 6 of us kids, which certainly keeps things interesting. I have been teaching for about 8 years now, all of them in Auckland with students in years 5-8. I am passionate about teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum but, without a doubt, would say that all things literacy are my absolute favourite! I’m an avid reader, writer and learner of other languages. I’m also really interested in lifting achievement in writing and this has been a big focus for me over the last few years.  Family is really important to me and so I grab time with them whenever I can. My husband, Miguel, is Colombian and we have one daughter, Gabriela, who is going into her second year at university this year studying digital design. Trying to get us all at home at the same time has been a bit of a mission lately - although this just provides more opportunities for me to get my nose stuck into a book so I really can’t complain too much. I also really enjoy creating pretty large messes in the kitchen and taking on far too complicated DIY projects around the house (normally getting about half-way through before giving up and needing Miguel to come and save me). I’m looking forward to getting to know you better over this coming year - If you’re in the neighborhood, don’t hesitate to pop by room 14 and say hello.
Abby Cavanagh
Abby CavanaghRoom 16
Abby CavanaghYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 16
Kia Ora, my name is Abby Cavanagh and I am really excited to be teaching Year 8 students this year, after teaching Year 7’s for the past few years.  I was born and raised on the North Shore in Auckland and I still live there. They say that once you live on the shore, you never leave! I absolutely love the beach and the ocean and living right next to it is an absolute blessing. I am newly engaged to my wonderful fiance, Daniel. I am very passionate about family and have two gorgeous nieces (Rosie and Alyssa) and a handsome young nephew (Beau). My mother lives in Queenstown, so you will often hear about my travels down to the deep south. A truly beautiful place to visit and spend my holidays.  Education runs in my family. I am enthusiastic about opening up young minds to the world around them. Helping them to see information in a new light. I encourage students to foster a growth mindset and work hard to achieve their goals and aspirations. I am really looking forward to being a part of the Rimu Team in 2021. 
Chae-Yeon Park
Chae-Yeon ParkRoom 13
Chae-Yeon ParkYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 13
Kia ora, my name is Chae-Yeon and I am very excited to be joining the Year 8 Rimu team as the Room 13 teacher for 2021. I completed the Bachelor of Primary Teaching degree from Laidlaw College mid last year and joined ANI straight after and taught as the Music Specialist Teacher.  I was born and raised in Tāmaki-Makaurau, and my family immigrated from Seoul, South Korea. I speak fluent Korean, and I value my unique experiences and identity as a Korean-Kiwi. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, enjoying a nature walk or hike, and doing DIY arts and craft.  As a teacher, I put positive, strong relationship building with my ākonga and their whānau at the core of my practice. I believe that ako (the flow and ebb of teaching and learning between learners and teachers) is extremely important in creating a classroom environment that views us as lifelong learners, and values deep collaboration and connection. I am truly hopeful that as our learners prepare for their transition into high school, all learning in 2021 will foster for positive self-growth, and aid our learners in their development of a healthy self-identity and sense of self-worth. 
Nick Houston
Nick HoustonRoom 15
Nick HoustonYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 15
Kia Ora, my name is Nick Houston and I am excited to return as a year 8 teacher. I graduated with my Bachelor of Education in 2020 and took over a Year 8 class at ANI for terms 3 & 4. The year taught me many lessons that I look forward to putting into practice with Room 15.  I was born and raised in Mount Albert, Auckland with most of my family living close. I have studied on and off over the years to become a teacher whilst balancing sport and other commitments. Outside of the classroom I enjoy being active and spending lots of my time around the water. I am a passionate drummer and enjoy exploring different areas of music. As a teacher I prioritize giving students the tools to be able to deal with whatever life has to offer. I promote to students to question the world around them and bring their knowledge and experiences to promote their curiosity. A focus this year which I want to build on is preparing our students for the exciting challenges they will face going to highschool and beyond. I hope to build a positive class culture to add to our ANI Whānau.

Kowhai Team (Specialists)

Carlos Kucera
Carlos KuceraTeam Leader, Sports-Pro
Carlos KuceraKowhai Team (Specialists), Team Leader, Sports-Pro
Kia ora koutou. Ko Carlos toku ingoa.  I am a Brazilian teacher, father of a boy and a girl, both at Maungawhau school, (and one baby girl coming in June) and husband of a lovely wife who is a Kaiako at Te Puna Kohunga hunga. I am an extremely energetic, friendly, passionate, positive and sportsperson. I love all types of sports and physical activity, all kinds of movement. I also love cooking, nature, technology and arts. All these passions probably lead me to the specialist team leader position at our school.  I am proud to be in Aotearoa New Zealand and respect this country for fully accepting me and my whānau. Also, as a Brazilian and understanding the foundation of New Zealand, I carry with my high levels of cultural awareness, respecting and integrating with all cultures. I always take this into my teaching, where I consider connectivity with my students extremely important. I decided to be a teacher as a teenager, mainly because it would allow me to keep studying and I also could help to improve others around me (and society). My passion for study still exists up to today. After my Master’s degree, I am currently in my third year (out of 4) of my doctoral degree in education. My PhD at The University of Auckland has helped me to develop new teaching skills and knowledge in my teaching and personal life. Thus, I am still being a very critical and reflective teacher and take this to my students. I am very excited and proud to be part of ANI. Being a teacher and a member of our school community makes me feel lucky and special. I have been in Aotearoa New Zealand for nearly 3 years, the same time I have been part of ANI. I am passionate about both New Zealand and our school. I consider myself almost an Aucklander and it is an honour being able to spend my days with our students in this dynamic and live school environment. ANI is a shining example of how we can integrate many learning areas in one (or more) learning projects. We also provide many opportunities in sports and specialist activities (and extra class opportunities).  I am highly motivated to contribute to our students in many senses. To ensure that they can develop all their creativity is a big part of my motivation. One of my goals this year is to provide rich, fun and unique learning experiences for all our students, achieving individual goals and needs. We always keep you updated through our website, app and newsletters.  Come and say hello and we can have a coffee at ANI to talk about your child/children learning goals, achievements and strategies. If you prefer, you can send me an email at any time.  I am looking forward to spending time with your tamariki and your whānau while at ANI.
Beren Allen
Beren AllenArts
Beren AllenKowhai Team (Specialists), Arts
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!
Thomas Jones
Thomas JonesPhysical Education
Thomas JonesKowhai Team (Specialists), Physical Education
Thomas is the name, PE is the game. I am in my 3rd year of PE teaching at ANI and am very passionate about a number of sports. When not at school, I can be found around the pool where I both play and coach Waterpolo, at the beach learning to surf, in a shady hammock reading a book or at the park kicking a ball around. Having worked as a personal trainer for a few years prior to teaching, I used that as a foot in the door to New Zealand Waterpolo where I both played and currently a coach at the National level. Sport has taken me all over the world including Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, Kuwait, Australia. My goals for 2021 include continuing my French language learning, to compete in the Auckland Marathon in November and to read 15 books in 2021.
Victoria Bragg
Victoria BraggScience
Victoria BraggKowhai Team (Specialists), Science
Hello, my name is Victoria and was born and raised in Arizona, which is located in the southwest of the United States of America. I am an active, inquiry-based teacher who fully supports the concept of lifelong learning. My journey in higher education began with a Bachelor in Psychology and a double minor in Political Science and Sociology, transitioned into a Master of Education (both at Arizona State University), and now am currently participating in Master of Science program in International Development with an emphasis in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health at the University of Edinburgh. My move from the Arizona desert to Aotearoa’s coastal waters centres around my love for the ocean, marine life, and an aspiration to learn and participate in Pasifika and Māori culture. My goal is to co-create programs with communities in order to better connect youth to marine conservation and regulation efforts. I love my family-- especially my nephew, Rylan (who plays rugby), Olivia (an artist and horse lover), and my new niece, Everly, who I have not yet had a chance to meet. Scuba diving is my favourite thing to do and I have a great passion for coral reefs. I love to travel and have visited over thirty countries. New Zealand is the fifth country I have lived in and I would love to make it my home.  
Jacob Markham
Jacob MarkhamHard Materials
Jacob MarkhamKowhai Team (Specialists), Hard Materials

Kia Ora, I am Jacob Markham, I have been a Year 8 classroom teacher at ANI for the past four years. I am excited to be moving into the Kowhai team as a Design Technology Teacher where I will be guiding students through the design process and creating meaningful real-life experiences. I believe that hands-on learning allows students to interact with the surrounding world, building lifelong knowledge and skills.

I come from a family of teachers, having 2 sisters currently teaching at high schools and a mother who taught primary school, (she was even unfortunate enough to teach me). I grew up in the South Island on a farm just outside of Timaru where I spent most of my spare time outside riding my bike, herding sheep, playing cricket, and building huts. I worked as a Land Surveyor in Timaru for 8 years before heading to London where I ended up working in a school for autistic children. This encouraged me to study and brought me to Auckland where I slaved in the hot sun as a landscaper while studying for a Primary Education Bachelor's degree.

I was fortunate enough to do my final placement at ANI where I have remained since. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy skateboarding, walking, biking, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to the fun and challenges of the year ahead.

Eugene Marshall
Eugene MarshallMusic
Eugene MarshallKowhai Team (Specialists), Music
Kia Ora! I'm thrilled to be joining the ANI whanau in 2021 as the music teacher. Before moving to Aotearoa New Zealand last February, I was a high school music teacher in my home town of Perth, and prior to that, I lived in London where I studied and worked at the Royal College of Music. I'm also a composer and piano teacher. It is my firm belief that good music education is the right of every child, regardless of their background or their perceived "talent". Every child is musical! In evolutionary terms, humans were making music long before they had language - it engages more parts of the brain than any other activity we do. Music makes children smarter, kinder, and happier… I'm incredibly privileged to be entrusted in some small part with their development. Aside from teaching music in the classroom, I also lead the school orchestra, choir, and rock band. I also have the exciting two of directing the school musical later in the year! Outside the classroom I love spending time with my partner Dan, working out, travel, and all things nerdy: board games, LARP, mediaeval cooking and more!
Brooke Tuialii
Brooke TuialiiTechnology
Brooke TuialiiKowhai Team (Specialists), Technology
Hello, my name is Brooke Tuialii and I am excited at the opportunity to teach our students food and soft technology. I love this age group and enjoy seeing them experiment with ingredients and materials. I have spent time as a classroom teacher in South Auckland and Christchurch. I have three primary age children and together with my husband we enjoy a variety of sports and trips to the beach. We recently returned from Japan where we lived for 10 years. It was the most amazing experience to live in a country so different to New Zealand. We learned so much from being part of such a respectful culture and of course enjoyed the delicious food. My husband is a New Zealand born Samoan and my parents are of Maori and Tongan descent so I am passionate about cultural heritage and enjoy understanding the various cultures our students represent. We all come together to make one large ANI whanau which is very special.

Rata Team

Cynthia Montesinos
Cynthia MontesinosLanguages - Spanish
Cynthia MontesinosRata Team, Languages - Spanish
Kia Ora. This is Cynthia Montesinos, the Spanish teacher. I am just so excited about being part of this awesome and professional family! I am very blessed to be here.  Mexico is my home country and New Zealand has become my second home for the past year and a half. I am married and I have two young boys who study primary education (Years 8 and 2). I am a passionate person who enjoys adventure, brotherhood and true friendship. I came to New Zealand to continue my professional education and I have become fully aware of what being here student. Therefore, I am fully committed as a teacher to let students open channels of communication in an intercultural awareness as citizens of the world. But also, enjoying learning a language through music, games and meaningful communication so they can plan their travelling, professional and academic life. I have a BA in English (Honours) and a Masters degree in Communication applied to Education. I have travelled to different countries from North America, Central America, the UK and Europe. My plan for this year is to travel along New Zealand for me and my family. In my spare time I love singing, baking, going out with my kids, trying new food and enjoying a good cup of coffee. My goals for these coming years are to finish my GradDiploma and consolidate as a worship leader in my local church.
Aideen Ryan
Aideen RyanESOL Teacher
Aideen RyanRata Team, ESOL Teacher

I am the proud ESOL teacher here at ANI.

I feel very lucky to have moved to New Zealand in February 2020, right before the global pandemic. I love my new home and feel very welcome here.

I was born in Ireland, and before I moved to NZ I spent the last 8 years teaching Geography and Psychology in secondary schools in London. I have plenty of experience working with students to improve their literacy skills in particular, in East London.

I love to explore new places, cultures and languages and I have visited many countries in South America, Europe and Asia (before COVID-19).

I love to collect vinyl records and in my spare time I sometimes DJ in venues in Auckland!

I look forward to 2021 and getting to know you all this year.
Jasmine Hanawy
Jasmine HanawyLanguages - French
Jasmine HanawyRata Team, Languages - French
I am the French teacher at ANI and I am very fortunate to be part of the staff of such an innovative and exciting school. Now a little bit about me. I am half Egyptian and half French. I attended a bilingual school teaching English and French. I immigrated to New Zealand 25 years ago with my family. I have travelled and explored many countries around the world and I have a strong passion for travelling. Every year I go back to France. Fortunately, my son is a pilot and has been able to help me with my love for travel. I like to hear languages spoken around me especially the French language. Being half French I have a strong interest in fashion and innovative styles of dress. Having a good group of friends, we love to have new dining experiences tasting different countries cuisines around the city. My passion is being able to teach the language that I love to my present and future students and to instil in them a love for the French language and culture. As a result I would like to see my students self- regulating and developing a clear understanding of their learning and having a sense of ownership of the process.
Kate Shin
Kate ShinInternational Students Director
Kate ShinRata Team, International Students Director
Hello everybody, my name is Kate Shin and I am the international student director.  I believe in leading international students to excel and learn English as well as know Kiwi culture so that they can experience true enjoyment at our school.  I encourage the students to take risks and try new opportunities whenever they arise.  I enjoy teaching within the International Baccalaureate programme.  I am a collaborative teacher who is passionate about working with international students who are experiencing the transition to a new country and school.  I want to give good guidance to the students so that they can be successful in what they do and express their interests to others. I was born in Korea and have lived in New Zealand since 1996 with my family.  I completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English linguistics and literature and also completed an English teacher qualification while I was in Korea.  Then I did a TESOL at Canterbury University and a Master's degree in Language teaching at Auckland University.  I have realised through my education and career in Aotearoa how important it is for children to enjoy their learning experiences and value a well rounded education. My hobbies include reading, singing, playing the piano and travelling. I am excited for this year and cannot wait to meet you all.
Kim Elliott
Kim ElliottPCT Release Teacher
Kim ElliottRata Team, PCT Release Teacher
Hi All, my name is Kim Elliott, and I am a Release Teacher at ANI.
I work with our young teachers, mentoring them and being their 'mum' at school !!!! I feel very privileged to have this opportunity - the beginning teachers keep me young and I love their enthusiasm and willingness to learn.I have taught for many years at ANI, I am passionate about the intermediate school model and find this age group exciting and motivating to engage with. Previously I have taught at Remuera intermediate, Awakeri School and I was a team leader at Rangeview Intermediate.
I have two children- a girl and a boy who are in their mid twenties.
I have a number of interests including reading, gardening, the gym, travel and motor racing. I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Melanie Brandes
Melanie BrandesRelease Teacher
Melanie BrandesRata Team, Release Teacher

Kia ora everyone!

My name is Melanie and I am a part time release teacher. I am new to ANI in 2021 and proud to be a member of such an amazing team. Prior to this, I have been a year 5 teacher at Marina View School for two years, and am now in my third year of teaching after graduating from Massey University in 2018. I am super excited to work with this age group in a fun and engaging environment.

I enjoy participating in various school activities and events, especially sporting events of any type. I am particularly looking forward to getting involved in Volleyball Coaching at ANI this year and seeing my students’ skills grow over time.

I am an active and adventurous individual who seeks to travel New Zealand and the world as much as possible with my supportive partner. The rest of my family is living in Germany from where I have migrated in 2016. Moving countries has been my biggest adventure so far with a lot of challenges and life lessons on the way. Now, I am thrilled to become a part of a diverse and vibrant school community with a range of cultures and ethnicities. I strongly believe that embracing this diversity helps our young people develop strong moral and social values.

Since my childhood, I have been active in a variety of sports such as Volleyball, Skiing, Gymnastics and Trampolining, Swimming, Badminton and Dancing. I love learning new things and so I happen to try and pick up new sports, hobbies, skills and knowledge as much as I can. Currently, I am learning Japanese and improving my Spanish, I am learning how to code and create websites, how to play Touch Rugby and how to surf. Nature, especially the bush and the ocean, is where I am feeling most happy and balanced

I am looking forward to working with you this year and am excited for the new challenges ahead for myself and my students at ANI.

Gina Speedy
Gina SpeedySchool Counsellor
Gina SpeedyRata Team, School Counsellor
Kia ora koutou! My name is Gina Speedy and I have been the School Counsellor at ANI since 2019. It’s a privilege to work in such a diverse, vibrant and forward-thinking school.  Very few intermediate schools have a full-time counsellor so we are very fortunate at ANI to have this resource. I love getting involved in school events and building relationships with students and I am fascinated by human development and think early adolescence is an especially interesting phase. As widely known - It takes a village to raise a child and I enjoy helping our students on their journey. Born and bred in NZ my whanau have Scottish and Danish ancestry. I grew up in the small rural town of Feilding, Manawatu. My parents remain in the area and my siblings in Otaki and Brisbane. I’m lucky enough to have 4 nieces and 1 nephew whom I adore. After initially studying business and communication I became a teacher. I spent time living and working in the USA, Thailand and the UK with several other stamps in the passport. Most of that time was spent teaching primary and I am still a registered teacher. Whilst teaching in London I came across their counsellors in schools programme which furthered my interest in child psychology, mental health and wellbeing. My postgraduate qualifications in counselling with Massey University and University of Auckland have allowed me to transition to counselling and the learning continues! Learning and travelling are my two biggest passions. I’m especially interested in stories – both that of people and that in works of fiction. In my down time you'll find me spending time with loved ones, travelling, exploring the outdoors, kayaking, writing bad fiction, reading good fiction and watching crime documentaries. Please contact me at any time. I'd love to hear from you.
Mauri Hohepa
Mauri HohepaLanguages - Te Reo / Kapa Haka / Tikanga Tutor
Mauri HohepaRata Team, Languages - Te Reo / Kapa Haka / Tikanga Tutor

Tihei Mauri Ora!

Ko Whakatere te maunga

Ko Waima te awa

Ko Tuhirangi te marae

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Te Mahurehure te hapu

Ko Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu te iwi

Ko wai ahau? Ko Mauri Hohepa tenei e mihi kau atu ana ki a koutou, otirā, tātou katoa.

Kia ora rā, my name is Mauri, Matua Mauri if you will.

I've been a part of ANI since Term 3 of last year and I am very excited to be a part of the team again this year and to see everyone grow in 2021.

I've been learning and living my sacred cultural customs, traditions and language since birth, growing up totally immersed in te reo Māori through Kohanga Reo & Kura Kaupapa. That being said, I am honoured to be able to share these through te reo Māori here at ANI again this year. It is a privilege for me to teach in all 24 classrooms in our school. Aside from te reo Māori, I also tutor our school Kapa Haka group, where we engage in physical Māori activities and Māori performing arts. I am a staunch supporter in the growth and development of our young people, and I highly focus on social well-being and having everyone engage with each other, after all that is what language and performing is. Therefore, with me, our students will be bringing to life the quote that is engraved just outside our school reception.

“Mā te tuakana, te teina e tōtika, Mā te teina te tuakana e tōtika.”

“The older will lead the younger, and the younger will lead the older.”

Outside of school, I am a Kapa Haka enthusiast, and an aspiring pro wrestler (yes, fake or stunt fighting). These hobbies both require a heap of energy and a high level of fitness (not that I am the fittest person). I have performed on many regional and national Kapa Haka stages at primary, secondary, tertiary and even adult levels. I currently teach the art at three schools as well.

Ngā mihi nunui ki a koe, ki a koutou, ā, ki a tātou katoa.

Don Campbell
Don CampbellRelease Teacher
Don CampbellRata Team, Release Teacher
Kia Ora I grew up in the farming community of Pukekohe and attended secondary school both there and in Dargaville. I am married to Verna and together we have two daughters, 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and a dachshund called Fritz. Verna and I share a passion for travel and running although running has largely become walking in recent years while I indulge in skiing, fishing, reading and watching sport whenever I can. My teaching career included many years as Deputy Principal at various primary and intermediate schools followed by time spent in the business sector. I regard teaching at ANI as being at the cutting edge of education and a privilege, particularly as the investigative learning practised here coincides with beliefs I have held over most of my career. My role at ANI is primarily to release teachers for planning and professional development purposes.

Full-time Support Staff

Deidre Merriott
Deidre MerriottPrincipal's P.A.
Deidre MerriottFull Time Support Staff, Principal's P.A.
My name is Deidre Merriott and this is my fourth year in this role here at ANI, after working in a similar role at a local high school for over ten years.  Previous to working in schools, I mainly worked in market research.  I also spent a couple of years living and working in London where I worked in the film industry with Warner Brothers UK. I am a born and bred Aucklander, my husband and I have two daughters - one in Year 12 at college and one in her third year at university. I love to travel and partake in any activities in or on the water, I am an avid reader, enjoy gardening, attending music concerts and socialising.
Jean Feng
Jean FengExecutive Officer
Jean FengFull Time Support Staff, Executive Officer
Nihao ANI Whanau. My name is Jean Feng and I am the executive officer. My role is to provide financial administration support to the team at ANI. Originally from China, I immigrated to New Zealand 21 years ago. I live with my husband and my lawyer son. I am a CAANZ member. Well-educated myself, I believe in education and feel young and joyful to watch our students enjoy learning, get high quality education and reach the highest level of achievement at ANI. I look forward to meeting you all and working with the rest of the team to make you and your children's time with ANI a satisfying experience.
Tinashe Biri
Tinashe BiriIT Support
Tinashe BiriFull Time Support Staff, IT Support
Kwaziwai, sawubona whanau. My name is Tinashe Biri and I am in my 12th year at ANI learning along and supporting students and teachers in  my role as ICT administrator. I have been working in the IT and telecommunications industry for over 28 years, with experience in corporate and education. I hail from Zimbabwe and been in New Zealand ,our second home for quite sometime now.
I am happily married to Sandra who is a primary school trained, kindergarten teacher. We have three children two girls and a boy and they do keep us engaged and busy outside our work environment. My eldest daughter is in university, my son is doing his last year in college and our little princess is in primary school.
Helping students and teachers in accessing and using digital technologies is my passion. With the ever evolving digital and cyberspace it means continuous learning and transforming in the way we live and learn. Ensuring and equipping students to be able to navigate the cyber jungle has been at the center of my practice.
I look forward to working and learning with all of you.
Duncan Wilson
Duncan WilsonProperty Manager
Duncan WilsonFull Time Support Staff, Property Manager
I am the Property Manager / Caretaker who takes care of the day to day running of the school grounds.  Creating sustainable and environmental projects with the students and teachers is my passion. The Garden Ninja Group and Enviro Groups that the teachers have established provide the students involved with a great appreciation of the benefits of recycling and growing and maintaining our natural environment for the future. I appreciate the team effort that ANI promotes and encourages, and find it a pleasure to be a part of.
Ula He
Ula HeProgramme Administrator/Coordinator
Ula HeFull Time Support Staff, Programme Administrator/Coordinator
My name is Ula He and I am in my second year in the ANI family. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with such outstanding colleagues. I came to New Zealand three years ago after working overseas in the education industry for many years. I did my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the UK and lived in Newcastle for many years. I came to New Zealand to study another master's program. Painting and reading are my favorite hobbies in my spare time, and I spend a lot of time on these things. Traveling is also one of my favorite activities. I am also a small animal lover. I have two ragdoll cats at home. I also regularly participate in volunteer activities every month to pass on the love. Shortly after graduating in New Zealand, I joined ANI. I'm mainly responsible for Enrolments, Attendance, and After School Classes. Working in the education industry for many years, I am full of enthusiasm, patience and have a positive attitude towards my work. I always try my best to help students and parents with their problems and give them professional advice when they ask for help. I believe thus rich working experience can help me to provide a better range of services.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Anastasia Panova
Anastasia PanovaConcierge
Anastasia PanovaFull Time Support Staff, Concierge
My name is Anastasia Panova and I’m in charge of ANI reception and sickbay. I am delighted to be the first point of contact to the students, parents, staff and school visitors and I’m always happy to help.
I was born in Moscow, Russia where I lived for the most part of my life, studied International Relations in the University and then worked as a cabin crew for the major Russian airline. Coming from a family of aviators I had a privilege to travel around the world since I was a little kid which helped me to broaden my mind, learn a few languages and get to know lots of cultures and people of all backgrounds. My passion for travelling brought me to New Zealand which eventually became my home.
In my free time I love listening to vinyl records, going to live concerts and performances, watching movies and learning about cinematography and film-making, dancing Spanish flamenco, practicing yoga, travelling around the country and of course meeting new people and making new friends! I’m always happy to chat, come and meet me at ANI reception!
Sakima Cornwall
Sakima CornwallResearch Ambassador/Librarian
Sakima CornwallFull Time Support Staff, Research Ambassador/Librarian
Kia ora, my name is Sakima-Raine and I am the Librarian/ Research Ambassador at ANI. I am extremely passionate about reading, writing, and learning in all forms. I am a lover of language and the magic we create with it, and I work with students who share this love through weekly Extension Writing classes. I pride myself on my caring and empathetic nature and patience with others, which has helped in my experience working with young children as a nanny for a number of years, and tutoring after school classes for intermediate aged students.
I have also worked in high energy, fast paced hospitality venues as a waitress and restaurant manager which has brought me into contact with all kinds of interesting people.
As a creative soul, you can often find me painting or writing, and I am an enthusiast of good food and good company. I spend my free time with my friends and family, usually doing spontaneous and adventurous activities or cooking together. I come from a family of foodies and chefs, so family gatherings always consist of great meals prepared with care.
I believe human connection is integral to a healthy mind, and books help us to connect with characters and information from all over the world, transporting us with words. I enjoy sharing this with students and facilitating a respect for books and library spaces
Bruce Banbury
Bruce BanburyScience Technician
Bruce BanburyFull Time Support Staff, Science Technician

Teacher Aide/Special Project ‘Garden to the Table’ and Lab Teaching Assistant

Kia ora, my name is Bruce Banbury and I assist with ANI students’ lab experiments during their science lessons. My experience with science/technology is primarily in the commercial world where I have used my chemistry background to carve out an interesting career, formulating and selling chemical-based products (in NZ, Australia, UK, Middle East and SEA), running laboratories as well as keeping abreast of environmental considerations and international standards of compliance.

Along the way I enjoyed training commercial lab staff and now thoroughly enjoy helping ANI Year 7 and 8 students with their investigative and creative lab work.

I have a long association with ANI, having had three children enjoy their education while forming long term friendships with fellow students at the school.

Outside of work hours I play guitar, listen to music, attend nearly every Warriors NRL home game and spend time with friends.

George Pearson
George PearsonTeacher Aide
George PearsonFull Time Support Staff, Teacher Aide
Kia ora, my name is George Pearson and I am a full time teacher aide at ANI. This is my first year at ANI and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this team. I love working with children and am looking forward to building my skills as an educator in hopes of being a full time teacher myself. I come from a big family and have lived around the world. My interests include sports, languages, skateboarding, and spending time with family and friends. I am an ex-ANI student and am proud to be a part of this wonderful school again.
Martine Puketapu
Martine PuketapuTeacher Aide
Martine PuketapuFull Time Support Staff, Teacher Aide

Kia Ora! Ko Martine Puketapu toku ingoa- My name is Martine Puketapu, and this year will be my first year joining Auckland Normal Intermediate as a Teacher Aide. As an ex-pupil of A.N.I, I couldn’t be more excited and committed to my role as a Teacher Aide at a school that has personally set me up with such crucial key tools towards building myself as an individual.

I have just completed my Degree of Arts majoring in Education and Psychology, having accumulated my knowledge at both the University of Colorado and the University of Auckland. I couldn’t have asked for a more healthier or fun environment to apply my studies to in my first year out of University, as I hope my passion for positive development in children can become of benefit to the students I will be working with throughout the year. I know how important of a role a Teacher Aide can be to any child, but in particular those in need of a bit more guidance and I hope to assist these kids in the best possible way I can.

In my spare time, I thrive the most when I am by the beach, with friends or family, and a plate of chips and dip by our side. My favourite season of the year is undoubtedly summer, so whenever the sun is out you’ll never catch me inside. As well having the love for the beach, I also have a love and passion for health and fitness. I value holding a healthy lifestyle as I know a healthy and fit body also leads to a healthier mind- something that needs the most love it can get!

I cannot wait to see what 2021 brings us, and with the support of the rest of the amazing staff here at A.N.I, I have no doubt this will be a great year for all students and staff.

Part-time Support Staff

Helen McMahon
Helen McMahonOffice Administrator
Helen McMahonPart Time Support Staff, Office Administrator
Hello my name is Helen McMahon and I work as an Administration Assistant in the school office.  This is my second year in this role, as before I was Receptionist for many years.  My duties are supporting students, parents and teachers to make their experience at our school as smooth as possible.  I am also involved with supplying sports uniforms for the many varied sports we offer at ANI. My family has lived in Mt Eden for 30 years and both my children went through the local schools, including ANI.  Our family welcomed Niko in June last year which was a huge high after the ups and downs of COVID, and I am a doting proud Gran.   In the holidays and most weekends I can be found in gorgeous Pauanui, enjoying all that is has to offer, and of course a lot of relaxation with family and friends. I enjoy running (well try to!) and have entered the Dual Partners 21km run taking place in April this year over at Rangitoto Island.  This involves a lot of pounding the pavement running and luckily living in Mt Eden there are a lot of hills to make it challenging. Looking forward to meeting a lot of you as the year progresses and remember we’re here to help in the office.
Lynley Sheweiry
Lynley SheweiryInternational Student Administrator
Lynley SheweiryPart Time Support Staff, International Student Administrator
A previous biochemist with sales, customer service & marketing experience, I joined the International Department in July 2019. My three children all attended ANI and during that time I was Chairperson of the PTA and a BOT member, so I have strong ties to the school. My role in the International Department is varied with a focus on looking after homestays, making sure that the students and host families are well supported, updating our systems so that all material can be accessed remotely as well as compiling and submitting our annual Self-Review which is a MOE requirement. I am passionate about education, fundraising and supporting the learning environment, still being involved in the wider community as Co-President of Epsom Girls Grammar School Old Girls Association and have been a Board member of the EGGS Foundation Trust since 2012. I have also been the Treasurer and Secretary of the Aorere College Foundation Trust since 2015, my old school located in Mangere. From 2015 to 2020, I was invited onto the interview panel for Auckland Central Community of Learning and have enjoyed immensely being a part of the team of Principals that appointed our Across School Leaders. Music, movies, watching rugby and football and spending time with family are all things I enjoy in my free time.
Rachael Banbury
Rachael BanburyTeacher Aide
Rachael BanburyPart Time Support Staff, Teacher Aide

Hello, my name is Rachael Banbury and I am a part time teacher aide at ANI. After completing my BA degree, majoring in politics and history, this year I am hoping to gain a Masters in History from the University of Auckland.

I have been working at ANI since I graduated Epsom Girls Grammar in 2016 and am very much looking forward to my fifth year as a member of the ANI family. As a past student of ANI, I am happy to say some of my closest friends today I met as a bright eyed Year 7.

As a teacher aide, I work with children that have a variety of challenges and every year I feel privileged to be part of their learning journey. Assisting children on their path of learning has provided me with great experience and I often find that I learn just as much from my students as I hope they do from me. Being part of the ANI team for so long has been a privilege and every year the students continue to inspire me in my work.

In my free time I enjoy reading novels, binge watching the latest Netflix series, and taking part in a weekly pub quiz along with some members of staff. I am looking forward to another eventful year working at ANI and meeting the new Year 7 students who will hopefully enjoy their time at intermediate just as much as I did.

Oliver Li
Oliver LiCoding and Hard Materials Technician
Oliver LiPart Time Support Staff, Coding and Hard Materials Technician
Kia Ora, I am Oliver Li, part time teaching assistant. This is my second year at ANI. I really enjoy being part of the ANI family full of dedicated educators and eager young learners.
Apart from coding and hard tech, I am experienced in digital media - photography, videography and graphic design. Being a father myself, I totally feel the connection with both students and their parents.
My daughter studied at ANI and I've seen many initiatives introduced over a period of time. The strong commitment and dedication for a better education has always been a priority. I am also on track to becoming a qualified teacher myself.
During my spare time, I like hiking, music and travel. Initially from China, I have lived in New Zealand for over 20 years now.
Renee Dale
Renee DaleTeacher Aide
Renee DalePart Time Support Staff, Teacher Aide
Kia ora, my name is Renée Dale, I am a teacher aide at ANI. I am currently in my third and final year of studying at the University of Auckland, doing a Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching). I am extremely passionate about teaching and learning and love playing the role of a teacher aide whilst in my studies. I enjoy using my new learning to help children in a practical way. This is my second year at ANI and I am looking forward to working with our fabulous students again. On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my friends, finding new places to eat and shopping! I love to visit my friends studying at different universities across New Zealand and making connections in different cities. I also find myself going to Mount Maunganui a lot as most of my family live there.
Carolina De Biasio Pires
Carolina De Biasio PiresSoft Materials Technician
Carolina De Biasio PiresPart Time Support Staff, Soft Materials Technician
Kia ora, Olá! My name is Carolina Pires and I am a lab technician for food and soft technology at ANI since last year.
I am originally from Brazil and have moved to Auckland with my husband Thiago over a decade ago, where we have two gorgeous children, 6 and 3 years old. I am a former chef and had previously worked in a range of cafes, restaurants and pastry shops here in Auckland and back in Brazil.
This year I am starting a very exciting journey returning to be a student.
Outside work my family and I love to explore Auckland's beautiful parks, beaches and tracks. Going outdoors is very popular at home and summer is definitely our favourite season. I am also a volunteer within the Brazilian community in Auckland, organizing cultural events and teaching Portuguese. As an immigrant I really value the children's cultural backgrounds, and the academic life of a bilingual raised child is one of my main interests in education.
I am looking forward to working and having fun alongside the children again in 2021.
Jess Philpot
Jess PhilpotAdmin Support
Jess PhilpotPart Time Support Staff, Admin Support
Kia Ora, my name is Jess Philpot and I am a Teacher Aide/ Admin help at ANI.  I have been studying in America on a football scholarship at Northern Arizona University and Eastern Kentucky University.  I am currently completing a degree in marketing and hope to pursue a career in Human Resources.  Prior to my education overseas, I was a student at both Epsom Girls and ANI.  I thoroughly enjoy the beach, outdoors and sports - especially football. This is my fifth year working at ANI and I still get excited to come to work every day!  The students and staff are so friendly and passionate about learning.  I love working with children and seeing life from a different perspective.  Looking forward to another exciting year!
Brianna King
Brianna KingTeacher Aide
Brianna KingPart Time Support Staff, Teacher Aide
My name is Brianna and I am beginning my second year as a Teacher Aide at Auckland Normal Intermediate.  I absolutely love being a teacher aide and working alongside students supporting their learning. I understand the challenges that some students face when accessing the curriculum, and enjoy assisting the students and their teachers. Previously I have also worked at Remuera Primary as a Teacher Aide. While I am energised by my teacher aide role, I am currently taking a COVID enforced break from my full time role as a professional Dancer for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Prior to being contracted to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, I completed a Diploma in dance at Dance Force Academy in Australia. My long term goal is to gain a Bachelor of Health Science and work as an Occupational Therapist in schools. I believe the training I have and continue to receive through my teacher aide role will assist me greatly in succeeding as an Occupational Therapist.
Georgia Hulme
Georgia HulmeTeacher Aide
Georgia HulmePart Time Support Staff, Teacher Aide
My name is Georgia Hulme, and I am a teacher aide here at ANI. This is my first year as a teacher aide, and  I am looking forward to being part of the ANI family for this year and many more. I was born and raised in Auckland and have recently finished high school. This year I will begin my studies of Psychology and Communications at the University of Auckland, showing my passion for helping/understanding others and expanding my own learning. I look forward to working alongside the amazing teachers at ANI and assisting the students with their learning and navigating the exciting years of Intermediate. In my free time I love to read, make art, and spend time with my friends and family, which consists of my dad Ian, mum Kristy (who previously worked at ANI for seven years!) and younger sister Chloe. I am eager for the year ahead and to see what opportunities 2021 holds.