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Senior Leadership

Jason Pocock
Jason PocockPrincipal
Jason PocockSenior Leadership, Principal

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei

Tihei Mauri Ora

Tena koutou katoa kua tae mai nei 

Ki te tautoko te kaupapa o tenei wa 

No reira tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā tatou katoa

I take the position of Tumuaki at ANI very seriously and with great responsibility. We have an amazing community which ensures that we are all striving to reach our individual best. Whether that be in the classroom, on the field/court, or in the cultural/arts side of our environment.  I enjoy supporting and encouraging both our kaiako and tauira to be the best they can be. I have been teaching for 25 years and have been involved in many activities both in the sporting field and also with service activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh, and William Pike Challenge.  I am passionate about physical activity and for me, anything on the water fills my cup. I look forward to connecting with you about how we continue to make our wonderful school grow even better. My door is always open so please do not hesitate to contact me.
Scott Boniface
Scott BonifaceDeputy Principal
Scott BonifaceSenior Leadership, Deputy Principal
As a Taranaki native, I have enjoyed a very rewarding career in education, beginning at Palmerston North Teachers College and extending a return to my home town of New Plymouth where I spent my initial teaching years with years one and two. My OE followed, lasting 10 years, spending the majority of this working in Inner London schools.
Returning to New Zealand in 2001, I began my long association with intermediate schools, covering a wide range of subjects, including physical education, food, materials and digital technology, for which I received a fully paid study award.
I am a dad to three grown-up kids, 2 young ladies who have flown the nest and are chasing their dreams around the world, and my son, who is currently completing a building apprenticeship and is at home with myself, my partner Janie and our dog Indi. 
When not at school, I love to travel, cook up something new in the kitchen, spend quality time with friends and whanau and enjoy our beautiful city and country. I look forward to meeting you at some point, the door is always open. 
Kieran Gleeson
Kieran GleesonDeputy Principal
Kieran GleesonSenior Leadership, Deputy Principal
Dia daoibh gach duine, My name is Kieran Gleeson, one of the Deputy Principals at ANI. 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. I most recently visited Hawaii and Japan is my next big venture! I love teaching in intermediate school. I have been at ANI since 2019. 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 well-being. I enjoy building strong relationships with my students, inspiring them where I can and learning from them every day. Student leadership is a passion of mine and I coordinate our student leadership positions and challenge the students to take ownership of their time and impact while at ANI. 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. Taking this team to the AIMS games is always a highlight of the year. Music has been a huge part of my life, growing up playing the piano, percussion and violin in numerous orchestras and ensembles. I am so excited to continue working at ANI this year and enjoy all the upcoming experiences with our team.
Ashley Triana
Ashley TrianaDeputy Principal
Ashley TrianaSenior Leadership, Deputy Principal
Tēnā Koutou, my name is Ashley Triana and I am one of the Deputy Principals here at ANI. 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 12 years now, all of them in Auckland with students in years 5-8. I am fortunate to have leadership over all things curriculum here at school, which is a huge passion of mine. I am passionate about teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum but, without a doubt, I 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 my career so far. 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 has just finished her degree in 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 can’t complain too much. I also enjoy creating pretty large messes in the kitchen and taking on far too complicated DIY projects around the house (normally getting about halfway 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 and say hello.
Lynley Sheweiry
Lynley SheweirySLT Executive Admin Officer
Lynley SheweirySenior Leadership, SLT Executive Admin Officer
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 finished in late 2022 and I am now the SLT Executive Admin Officer. 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.

Year 7 Totara Team

Gershon Cadelis
Gershon CadelisTeam Leader, House & Badge Coordinator, Room 25
Gershon CadelisYear 7 Totara team, Team Leader, House & Badge Coordinator, Room 25
Kia ora e te whānau, ko Gershon tōku ingoa. I am the Totara Team Leader and the kaiako of room 25. I look forward to building a safe and engaging environment with my ākonga. Born in Bahrain, I moved to Auckland when I was 5 and grew up in Mount Roskill. I love the outdoors and being active, and am eager to incorporate this passion into my classroom teaching. In my spare time, I enjoy creating music, running, or going on hikes. I can’t wait to learn all about the passions and interests of the ākonga in room 25, and look forward to growing together as we take on 2024. Mā te wā!
Danielle Hodder
Danielle HodderKapa Haka Leader, Room 26
Danielle HodderYear 7 Totara team, Kapa Haka Leader, Room 26

Kia ora koutou, my name is Danielle Hodder and I am very excited to be joining the ANI team in 2024! I have been teaching since 2018 and am enthusiastic about developing student agency through the IB programme.

I am an avid traveller, love exploring new places and learning about different cultures. Music is my passion and I will always find moments to play guitar and sing. These interests are things that I love bringing into the classroom too. I believe that when students have autonomy over their learning, they grow a deeper understanding of the content, and develop skills as lifelong learners. In my spare time you’ll find me out in nature, cooking and baking, and spending time with my partner, friends and family.

Blake Wilson
Blake WilsonArts Coordinator, House & Badge Coordinator, Room 28
Blake WilsonYear 7 Totara team, Arts Coordinator, House & Badge Coordinator, Room 28

Kia ora koutou. My name is Blake Wilson, and I’m thrilled to be in the year seven Totara Team. 

I come to Auckland Normal Intermediate as an energetic and passionate teacher eager to encourage learners to reach their academic potential while supporting their social and emotional wellness. I’m a firm believer in giving everything a go and living by this mentality. Growing up I was a frequent to the bright lights of the stage, being cast in musicals such as Oliver, Hairspray, and most recently Wicked. I find great stress relief in art, recently learning the techniques of printmaking, and growing up I enjoyed rowing, running, and playing tennis.

After finishing my studies, I spent three years working for Air New Zealand as an international cabin crew. During this time, I developed a love of working with diverse people, learning about new cultures, and travelling the world. My favourite destinations were Vancouver, Canada, and Seoul, South Korea. After heading back to university and joining the wonderful world of teaching I’ve never looked back and enjoy the everchanging environment, meeting new people, and making a difference.

Kayleigh Hughes
Kayleigh HughesNetball Coordinator, Room 29
Kayleigh HughesYear 7 Totara team, Netball Coordinator, Room 29
Croeso! Kia ora! My name is Kayleigh Hughes, I am new to ANI this year and will be teaching in Room 29.
I am originally from Wales, which is where I grew up with my parents and my sister. I have been a primary school teacher for 11 years, teaching mainly years 5 and 6. I started my teaching career in the UK where I taught in England and Wales. I have also been lucky enough to teach English in Cambodia. I have been in Auckland for 5 years teaching at a primary school. I am excited to move my teaching career to ANI and teach in an intermediate school.
I am passionate about fostering a love for learning and cultivating a classroom culture that values respect, collaboration, and curiosity. I am a firm believer of students being life-long learners and I look forward to all the achievements and success we will have together this year.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy travelling, exploring new places in New Zealand, hiking/walking, pilates and just genuinely being active! I also enjoy getting stuck into a good book.
I am excited to join the ANI team and I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you throughout this coming year.
Sarah O’Dea
Sarah O’DeaRoom 30
Sarah O’DeaYear 7 Totara team, Room 30
Dia duit and Kia Ora everyone! I am delighted to be joining ANI this year as a Year 7 teacher. You'll be able to find me in Room 30! I am from Ireland and this is my second year in New Zealand. I taught in Remuera Primary School last year with an amazing Year 4 class! I was a teacher in Ireland for 5 years before I moved, teaching in Dublin which is also where I grew up.
As a teacher, I value the people and personalities that make a classroom community. I love creating a team and working together to get the most out of our time together. I take pride in the classroom environment and think it's so important for us to take pride in and enjoy the environment we share! We can do that by ensuring people are listened to, respected and valued. I strongly believe that people may not remember what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
I am absolutely loving living here in New Zealand. When I'm not teaching you can find me in the gym, on a walk or hike or eating/baking nice food.
I am so looking forward to teaching in an intermediate school and learning all the ways that make ANI the special place it is!
Renee Dale
Renee DaleISL-Collaborative Practice Initiative, Room 27
Renee DaleYear 7 Totara team, ISL-Collaborative Practice Initiative, Room 27

Kia ora, my name is Renée Dale and I am lucky enough to be working in the Year 7 Totara Team in Hub Tahi, as the classroom teacher of Room 27. I completed my Bachelor of Education, specialising in Primary Teaching in 2021. I am extremely passionate about teaching and learning, especially future-focused, collaborative teaching and learning. I also love being at an IB school where student agency is at the centre of it all.

I grew up in Tāmaki-Makaurau and often spend time at Mount Maunganui where my whānau live. In my downtime, I enjoy cooking, exercising and spending time with friends. This is my sixth year at Auckland Normal and I absolutely love being a part of the ANI whānau. I am looking forward to a fabulous year in Hub Tahi.

Year 7 Kauri Team

Lee Smith
Lee SmithTeam Leader, Room 19
Lee SmithYear 7 Kauri Team, Team Leader, Room 19
Kia ora my name is Lee Smith and I am Team Leader of the Kauri team, now teaching in room 19.  I started at Auckland Normal Intermediate mid-last year having previously taught at ACG Sunderland and Massey Primary School. I absolutely love the wonderful students, family and community at ANI. Our school culture is so positive and fulfilling it is a joy to watch students learn, engage and grow. I believe students learn best when they are engaged and interested, the IB model of inquiry learning is an excellent way for students to develop their skills and understanding while choosing topics they care about. My favourite subjects are reading and writing, I love the way a good story can take you on an adventure without ever leaving your couch! This is my 7th year teaching, I have had several jobs all over the world living in England, France, Norway and Ireland. I love singing, dance and drama and incorporating them into the curriculum alongside maths and history. I enjoy computer science and building an understanding of different concepts using computer programs. As much as possible I like my class to laugh and have fun while completing their work. Intermediate is such an exciting time of growth in students' lives and sets the tone for high school and adult success. I look forward to connecting with everyone and building relationships.
Saasha Jolley
Saasha JolleyY7 Dean, Room 21
Saasha JolleyYear 7 Kauri Team, Y7 Dean, Room 21
Tēnā Koutou, my name is Saasha Jolley. I am fortunate enough to be the classroom teacher of Room 21 and the Year 7 Dean. My journey at ANI began in 2016, initially as a third-year student teacher from the University of Auckland. I have been a classroom teacher since 2017 and I feel blessed to be able to do what I love. As a classroom teacher, I believe in strong and positive relationships with my ākonga (student) and their whānau (family) are at the core of my practice. I especially enjoy working with the intermediate age group as it is a special time in their life while they transition from primary education. Building them to be lifelong learners over the next two years is a special journey. As the Year 7 Dean, my role extends beyond the classroom. I am here to support, guide and advocate for all our tamariki (children) in Year 7. Together we are a community so it is crucial to me that they feel valued and heard. Outside of school, you'll find me enjoying moments with my whānau (family) and my son, who is almost 5. He loves to come and visit ANI and has fun interacting with all the tamariki (children), most of the time having more fun than what he has with me! I am excited for the year ahead ☺️ 
Xavier Rice
Xavier RiceSports Coordinator, Room 23/24 A
Xavier RiceYear 7 Kauri Team, Sports Coordinator, Room 23/24 A
Kia ora, kia ora! I have the pleasure of teaching in Hub 23/24 this year. My education journey began with completing my Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in 2018. I then traveled to England to play rugby league before returning to complete my Masters of Teaching and Learning in 2020. Outside of school, I will continue to play Aussie rules football, travel to Mt Maunganui, drink delicious longblacks, hang out with my gorgeous nephew Noa and enjoy 4am wakeups for my health and fitness.
Farrah Dillon
Farrah DillonRoom 23/24 B
Farrah DillonYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 23/24 B
Kia ora koutou, my name is Farrah Dillon and I will be a part of the amazing Year 7 team at ANI for 2024. I bring a passion for authentic 21st century learning and student-centred inquiry where I hope to foster a love for life-long learning among our students. I was born in Newcastle, Australia, where I completed an Honours Degree in Primary Teaching in early 2019 and have lived there, by the sea for most of my life. I have not long returned from living and teaching in London for two years and am excited for my new adventure in New Zealand. Outside of work, you’ll find me in nature - hiking, swimming, running, snowboarding - or you’ll find me with a ball at my feet, playing or watching sports. I look forward to being a part of our students’ journey in 2024.
Zoe Wood
Zoe WoodRoom 22
Zoe WoodYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 22
G'day and Kia Ora! My name is Zoe Wood, I am very lucky to be teaching at ANI this year in room 22 after being a relief teacher for the school in 2023.
I am from Brisbane, Australia although I haven't lived there for almost 10 years, but I still love vegemite! I graduated from the University of Queensland with a degree in Education and Arts, focusing on English and Drama. Since then I have moved around the world teaching and working with students in places like England, Canada, the USA and Italy. I moved to Auckland in 2022 and I have taught in various primary and intermediate schools, I feel so lucky to be able to be in ANI for 2024. When I am not at school I love reading, exploring New Zealand, scuba diving and camping.
I am really looking forward to a great year at ANI and can't wait to meet you all!
Denisse Bello
Denisse BelloRoom 23/24 C
Denisse BelloYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 23/24 C

Hola! Kia ora! My name is Denisse Bello and I am very excited to be a classroom teacher this year in Room 23/24 C. My family is Peruvian, and I have a sister and three brothers that I consider among my closest friends. We grew up in the US until we moved to Argentina when I was 15 years old. I completed Secondary School in Buenos Aires and later received my qualifications as a Primary School teacher there too. After my studies, I moved back to Washington, DC to work in a Dual Language School. I taught Maths and Science in Spanish, and enjoyed it very much! Now I am thrilled to continue my career in education here in New Zealand with everyone at ANI.

As a teacher, I’m committed to empowering students to their full potential and learning from everyone around me. I strive to build a positive classroom environment that motivates students to persevere, collaborate, and encourage each other. In any activity, I look for ways to integrate hands-on learning and make connections to the real world and culture of each student. I also enjoy creating games in the classroom to make content engaging, have students take risks, and develop critical thinking skills.

Outside of work,  I’ve always played football (fútbol) with my dad and 4 siblings. I have watched almost every World Cup, and still enjoy playing to this day. I also love swimming, and I hope to compete in Open Water races around Aotearoa! At home I'm learning how to live more sustainably to reduce my plastic waste each year (any tips or tricks are welcome!). Other than that, I love to be outdoors and in the sun, especially with my adorable mini-dachshund, Baloo, and my kiwi fiancé, Lewis.

Sharon Zhai
Sharon ZhaiRoom 20
Sharon ZhaiYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 20

Kia ora!

I’m Sharon and I am very happy to be the teacher for Room 20 for the rest of this year. After spending the past few years overseas, I’ve decided to return to beautiful Aotearoa and teach at my alma mater - where I’ll be able to give back to the community that has taught me so much. I have a background in classical violin, although my current passion lies in jazz composition and other contemporary formats. I believe music is paramount to a well-rounded education and all children are musical by nature. Music actively engages all of our senses and connects us globally. It is an art form, a mode of self-expression and most of all it is FUN!

Can’t wait to meet you all!

Year 8 Matai Team

Kristin Roscherr
Kristin RoscherrTeam Leader, Room 2
Kristin RoscherrYear 8 Matai Team, Team Leader, Room 2
Hi there. My name is Kristin Roscherr and I will be the Y8 teacher of Room 2 and the Team Leader of Matai this year. This is my first year at ANI, but I have been in Auckland for 25 years and have taught at several intermediate schools across the city. I love teaching this age as I think there is such an opportunity for growth and you get to watch the students develop into thriving adolescents. I look forward to lots of fun, learning and laughter as well as getting to know the students and families of ANI!
Nick Houston
Nick HoustonAssistant Dean, Room 6
Nick HoustonYear 8 Matai Team, Assistant Dean, Room 6
Kia Ora, my name is Nick Houston and I am excited to be returning to ANI in 2022. I graduated with my Bachelor of Education in 2020 and will be teaching in Room 2 and fortunate to be a part of the Matai team. Last year taught me many lessons that I look forward to putting into practice with Room 2. I was born and raised in Mount Albert, Auckland with most of my family living close. I studied on and off over the years to become a classroom teacher whilst balancing competitive sport and other commitments. Outside of the classroom I enjoy being active and spending lots of my time in and 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 which has never been more evident than the last few years. I promote and encourage students to question the world around them and bring their knowledge and experiences to promote their curiosity and lead others. A focus this year which I want to build on is preparing our students for the exciting challenges they will face going to high school and beyond. I hope to build a positive class culture to add to our ANI Whānau.
Leon Ziyambi
Leon ZiyambiRoom 3
Leon ZiyambiYear 8 Matai Team, Room 3
Hello everyone. Born and raised in the vibrant landscapes of Zimbabwe, my educational journey led me to South Africa, where I discovered my passion for teaching. I have been teaching in South Africa and also formed part of various school Leadership teams for over a decade. I have a Master's degree in Education, and I have extensive experience in guiding students across diverse grade levels. My educational philosophy revolves around the conviction that every child possesses the ability to learn. I firmly believe that education extends beyond academics, encompassing the social and emotional facets essential for holistic growth. Beyond the classroom, my life is enriched by the precious moments spent with my husband and two children. In pursuit of a balanced lifestyle, I find joy in activities such as jogging and exploring new destinations through travel. I am looking forward to collaborating with you this year, fostering an environment where learning is not only educational but also a transformative and enriching experience for each student.
Faiza Chowdhury
Faiza ChowdhuryISL-Writing Initiative, Room 4
Faiza ChowdhuryYear 8 Matai Team, ISL-Writing Initiative, Room 4
Kia ora, my name is Faiza Chowdhury and I have the absolute pleasure of teaching Room 4 this year. I was born in Bangladesh and moved to the UK when I was a baby. My family consists of my mum, dad and two brothers, who I miss quite dearly!
I received my degree in English Literature and then went on to do my Secondary PGCE. I was a high school English teacher in the UK for 7 years before I decided to leave the grey skies and rain behind. It’s a good thing I chose Auckland!
Teaching has always been my passion as I grew up around lots of my little cousins and always enjoyed being in their company and helping them navigate the world around them. I love teaching and I know how important it is to have a strong role model in the classroom who values and empowers students, as we are the people they see 5 days a week for most of their waking hours. I love to read and go on walks. I've been doing a lot of that since I've been in New Zealand and I'm starting to imbed myself in the culture and learn more about the country and its history. I also spend more time than I care to admit baking sweet treats for the people around me. Whether they want it or not.I am so excited to get to know my Room 4 whanau and learn all about them.
Steven Van Nes
Steven Van NesASL-Te Ao Maori Initiative, Distance Squad, Room 7
Steven Van NesYear 8 Matai Team, ASL-Te Ao Maori Initiative, Distance Squad, Room 7
Tēnā koutou, ko Steven Van Nes toku ingoa. I am the distance squad coordinator, growing a love of running amongst our young people and the passionate educator for Room 7. I value creativity, critical thinking and students becoming active participants in their learning journey. I strive to innovate and engage our tamariki with exciting, relevant and purposeful learning opportunities for the 21st century. I taught abroad in China and Ireland before returning back to New Zealand to complete my Masters in Teaching Degree at Auckland University. There is something special about the intermediate schooling years as students ignite passions through an array of unique opportunities that are presented to them. Outside of teaching, I have two beautiful children. 5-year-old, Mason, and 3-year-old Nova that keep me busy! I am mad about sports, particularly cricket, rugby and league. If you see me around school I would love to chat about what happened in the weekend of sport! I also love snowboarding, surfing and spearfishing to gather kai moana. I look forward to working with you and your child this year.
Bruce Ng
Bruce NgMiniball Coordinator, Room 5
Bruce NgYear 8 Matai Team, Miniball Coordinator, Room 5
Kia ora, my name is Bruce Ng and I am very excited to be a classroom teacher of Room 5. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Hong Kong, I can speak fluent Cantonese and I can read and write in traditional Chinese. I was lucky enough to come to Auckland, New Zealand when I was 13 years old for my secondary school journey at Auckland Grammar School. I completed the Bachelor of Secondary Teaching diploma from The University of Auckland last year and joined ANI last year as a teacher aid. I am looking forward to getting to know all my students and to build strong, positive relationships. Outside of the classroom, I love spending time with my friends and family. I love the outdoors and you will probably find me at the field throwing a frisbee around after school because I LOVE FRISBEE. As a teacher, I value strong relationships with students and their whanau. I believe that in order to teach anyone, I need to have a strong in-depth understanding of who they are and their needs to unlock their full potential. If you ever walk by room 5, come in and introduce yourself. I would love to meet you all!

Year 8 Rimu Team

Sam Carruthers
Sam CarruthersTeam Leader, Room 13
Sam CarruthersYear 8 Rimu Team, Team Leader, Room 13
Kia ora! Hello! My name is Sam Carruthers and I teach in Room 13, and I am proud to be the leader of Rimu team this year. I have almost nine years of experience in teaching, mostly in the UK (London and Birmingham) and have been teaching at ANI for a year and a half.
In July 2022, I moved from the UK to New Zealand. I love the outdoor lifestyle and focus on sports and culture. When I am not at school, I enjoy cooking, walking, running and exploring this wonderful country. I am excited to learn about the interests, passions and enthusiasms of the tamariki of Rimu team, and I know we are going to have a wonderful year together.
Alice O’Sullivan
Alice O’SullivanY8 Dean, Room 16
Alice O’SullivanYear 8 Rimu Team, Y8 Dean, Room 16
Kia ora e te whānau. I’m Alice O’Sullivan and I am the classroom teacher in Room 16. I have taught in the UK and New Zealand in a variety of age groups for 7 years. This is my second year teaching at Auckland Normal Intermediate. I am very excited to get to know and build relationships with the new Year 8 learners. I am passionate about inquiry-based learning as the lessons along the way are sometimes unexpected and always exciting. When I am not in school I enjoy spending lots of time outside including running, hiking, and snowboarding. I love travelling and have been fortunate to get 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.
Selina Striebich
Selina StriebichRoom 9
Selina StriebichYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 9

Guten Tag and hello, my name is Selina Striebich, and I am thrilled to be joining the Rimu team this year. I grew up in Southern Germany and moved to beautiful Aotearoa in December 2022 - I am still incredibly grateful to be here! I graduated with my Master of Arts and a State Examination in 2015 and have been teaching years 5 to 10 in both Germany and Bolivia. To me, teaching is about exciting the students with knowledge, to guide them to find their own way and grow into strong and open-minded adults. Building a relationship with my students is important to me as learning always requires a safe atmosphere and trust. I will be teaching in room 9 and can't wait to get to know the tamariki. In my free time, I enjoy doing Zumba or reading a good book at the beach - any recommendations are welcome! Skiing and exploring the world, especially New Zealand, are also a passion of mine. I recently got into scuba diving, so if you can't find me, just follow the bubbles... I am looking forward to a great year!

Vanja Franich
Vanja FranichRoom 15
Vanja FranichYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 15

Kia Ora, my name is Vanja Franich and I am super excited to be the classroom teacher of Rm 21 for the remainder of this year! I was born and raised by the beach in Tāmaki Makaurau, although I have only returned this year (2022) after spending the last 5 years in the capital - Te Whanganui-a-Tara pursuing my studies at Victoria University. I have recently graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma of Education. Prior to my postgraduate studies, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Environmental & Development Studies. My undergraduate degree fits perfectly within the IB program as we explore the social sciences and tackle real-world scenarios.

In my own time, I love enjoying the company of my friends and family, getting out into nature, cooking, creating things, travelling and listening to music.

I cultivate a classroom environment where students embrace their identity, are confident, creative, and excited about their learning and becoming future contributing citizens. I encourage curiosity and risk-taking and I want my students to welcome mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. Strong authentic and caring relationships with my ākonga and their whanau sit at the heart of my practice. I see myself as a lifelong learner, as I am always looking for opportunities and experiences to expand my knowledge - I encourage this mindset in my classroom. I hope to foster a classroom environment that promotes both academic and personal growth!

Stuart Nicol
Stuart NicolRoom 10
Stuart NicolYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 10

My Name is Stuart Nicol and I am excited to be joining the staff and the Rimu team at ANI for 2024. I grew up in Auckland but spent a couple of years travelling around the world when I was younger. I have taken a 3-year break from teaching to pursue a business opportunity that arose. I am excited to return to teaching though. I previously taught years 5 & 6 at a couple of schools in Auckland and I have also had experience working with High School students more recently as well. My approach to teaching is definitely to encourage students to learn their own skills and strengths and develop independence in a safe and creative environment. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the cinema, playing a bit of disc golf or riding my bike. I have a dog at home who often comes running with me so if you see us out around Mt Eden just give us a wave! Looking forward to a fun year!

Alicia Wichman
Alicia WichmanRoom 14
Alicia WichmanYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 14
Kia Orana, I'm Alicia! Originally from Auckland, I've called places like Rarotonga, Christchurch, Orlando, and Palmerston North home at different points. I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2015, majoring in Film, TV, and Media with a minor in Ethnomusicology. Since graduating, my journey has taken me from being a recreation hostess at Walt Disney World and a production assistant to soaring through the skies as a flight attendant. Most recently, I proudly served in the NZ Army. In 2023, I completed a graduate diploma in Learning Teaching at Massey University, gearing up for my next chapter at ANI in 2024. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, playing basketball, and indulging in my passion for film and TV. Looking forward to bringing these interests into my new adventure at ANI!

Kōwhai Team (Specialists)

Jacob Markham
Jacob MarkhamTeam Leader, Design Technology
Jacob MarkhamKowhai Team (Specialists), Team Leader, Design Technology

Kia Ora, I am Jacob Markham, I was a Year 8 classroom teacher at ANI and moved into the Kowhai team as a Design Technology Teacher where I guide students through the design process and create 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 and am very excited to be leading the specialist team this year. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy skateboarding, walking, upcycling furniture, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to the fun and challenges of the year ahead.

Mose Tuialii
Mose TuialiiPhysical Education
Mose TuialiiKowhai Team (Specialists), Physical Education
Talofa lava, my name is Mose Tuialii and I am looking forward to sharing some of my sporting skills with your young people.
I have represented NZ as an All Black and recently returned from 15 years in Japan playing professional rugby then moved into coaching.
As a father of three I am passionate about getting kids active and enjoying a variety of sports. I am motivated to help our students develop their physical skills at any level while understanding the mental aspects of physical activity such as perseverance and endurance.
Brooke Tuialii
Brooke TuialiiSoft & Food Technology, ISL-Te Ao Maori Initiative
Brooke TuialiiKowhai Team (Specialists), Soft & Food Technology, ISL-Te Ao Maori Initiative
Kia ora, my name is Brooke Tuialii and I will be helping our students to develop the life skills of cooking and sewing.
I love working with this age group, encouraging them to try new things and grow in confidence. I spent time as a classroom teacher in South Auckland and Christchurch before spending 10 years living in Japan. It was the most amazing experience to live in a country so different to New Zealand. I learned so much from being part of such a respectful culture and of course, enjoyed the delicious food. My husband and I returned to New Zealand with three children, one of whom attends ANI. 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 learning about the various cultures our students represent. We all come together to make one large ANI whanau which is very special. I am also passionate about the many sports provided at ANI so you will likely see me sideline, coaching, managing or supporting our young sportspeople. This will be my fourth year at ANI and I look forward to getting to know all of our students throughout the year.
Cynthia Montesinos
Cynthia MontesinosLanguages-Spanish, Sustainability Co-Leader
Cynthia MontesinosKowhai Team (Specialists), Languages-Spanish, Sustainability Co-Leader
Hola!! This is Cynthia Montesinos, I am the proud teacher of Spanish at ANI. I am from Mexico and New Zealand has become my second home. I am a passionate person who enjoys adventure, brotherhood and peace. I came to New Zealand to continue my professional education therefore, I am fully committed as a teacher to letting students open channels for communication in an intercultural way as citizens of the world. I really enjoy teaching and learning through music and games. In my professional life, I have a BA in English (Honours), a Masters degree in Communication applied to Education and a Postgrad program from University of Auckland. I have traveled to different countries from North America, Central America, the UK and Europe and I plan to continue exploring the wonderful spots of the world, cooking Mexican food, going out with my kids, trying new food and enjoying a good cup of chocolate. If you see me around, say “hola” to me!
Emma Purchase
Emma PurchaseVisual Arts
Emma PurchaseKowhai Team (Specialists), Visual Arts
Kia ora koutou! My name is Emma and I have been teaching for the past 12 years from new entrant up to year 8. Before teaching I completed a Visual Arts Degree and worked as a graphic designer before completing my postgraduate diploma of education in 2010. I have always incorporated visual arts into my teaching and find it a wonderful way for students to be able to express themselves. I design lessons where goals are achievable, where you don’t have to be “good” at art to realise your creative potential and to feel successful in your learning. I love that I can give students opportunities with different materials, mediums and techniques that they may have never tried before and I also endeavour to create a space where they can have fun! Designing and creating has always been a passion of mine and most of my fondest memories from school are of the art projects I did. I am always trying something new and my current passion is hand-building with clay. I have two young children who have got the creative gene and who keep me busy outside of work. I love spending time with my friends and whanau and try to take my kids on adventures when the time allows! I am really excited to be starting at ANI and I look forward to meeting you all and getting creative!
Maddie Brodie
Maddie BrodiePerforming Arts, Assistant Arts Coordinator
Maddie BrodieKowhai Team (Specialists), Performing Arts, Assistant Arts Coordinator
Kia ora koutou! My name is Maddie and I’m thrilled to be joining the Specialist team as the Performing Arts teacher at ANI. I firmly believe in the power of the performing arts to serve as a pathway of growth, self-discovery and all-round development and am excited to create a safe place for students to explore and express themselves both in the classroom and extra-curricular activities! I grew up performing with my mum’s dance studio, the National Youth Theatre, New Zealand Opera, and even spent some time in my intermediate school rock band! I completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Music Theatre at NASDA in Christchurch in 2018 before heading off to work for the famous mouse as a part of the Entertainment team with Disney Cruise Line before a certain worldwide pandemic sent me back home to New Zealand. Upon my return, I achieved my long-term goal of gaining my Graduate Diploma in Teaching at AUT here in Auckland. I’m looking forward to an exciting year and can’t wait to create music and drama and have a boogie with you all!
Neeti Siras
Neeti SirasScience
Neeti SirasKowhai Team (Specialists), Science
Kia ora and Namaste I am Neeti Siras, the Science Teacher at ANI. I come from the land of Spiritualism, Ancient knowledge, Yoga and Ayurveda i.e. Bharat(India). We moved to New Zealand recently. My husband is a Software professional and we are blessed with two lovely boys. Teaching has been my passion and I have taught Primary as well as Secondary school students. My journey as a Science teacher has been wonderful, with a lot of learning and reflection. Science is an inquiry-based learning area and my role is to help students understand the key concepts while they carry out investigations. My hobbies are listening to music and cooking. I am seen in my kitchen doing experiments as I do in the lab. I consider myself fortunate enough to be a part of ANI.
Nicola Redshaw
Nicola RedshawESOL Teacher, Sustainability Co-Leader, Uni Liaison
Nicola RedshawKowhai Team (Specialists), ESOL Teacher, Sustainability Co-Leader, Uni Liaison
Kia ora. My name is Nicola Redshaw and I am ANI's new ESOL teacher. I moved to London after studying Conservation and Ecology at Lincoln University and Primary Teaching at Auckland University. My plan was to live in London for a couple of years, which turned into 20 years. I loved living and teaching in London. Being in Europe's backdoor meant I was able to visit many countries and learn about different cultures, religions and ways of life.
Last year my partner and I (and our cat) moved permanently back to Aotearoa. It's great being back and I'm excited to be teaching in New Zealand again. I love my job and I feel genuinely privileged to have been able to guide, support and mentor so many young adults over the years. I am looking forward to continuing this journey with  ANI's international whanau.
Being back in Aotearoa is exciting and a time to reconnect with whanau, friends and nature.  I enjoy being in the great outdoors; cycling, hiking and swimming at the beach. I am an avid reader and usually have two or three books on the go at the same time. If  I'm not reading it's likely that I am gardening, exploring the great outdoors or hunting down the best coffee in town!
Yasuko Okamura
Yasuko OkamuraLanguages-Japanese
Yasuko OkamuraKowhai Team (Specialists), Languages-Japanese

Kia Ora and Konnichiwa! My name is Yasuko Okamura from Japan! I obtained a Bachelor of Education in Japan and studied in Australia majoring in Master of Teaching and Master of Applied Linguistics. I have 11 years of teaching experience in a range of year levels at international schools. I joined ANI in 2020, however, I could not come to NZ due to Covid restrictions. I am so grateful to be back at ANI last year and finally get to meet all the lovely students! I believe it is important to establish trust and strong relationships with my students and their parents so that they feel safe and happy in an inclusive environment.

Apart from teaching, I am passionate about running, trekking, and drawing. The longest distance I have run is 80km a day. I have participated in 10 full-distance marathon races. I also love travelling by myself to experience different cultures and meet new people. I have been to 30 countries; which country is next? I always want to share my experiences with my students so I can help to inspire and motivate them!

I hope we have a great experience during our time together!

Release Team

Kim Elliott
Kim ElliottRelease Teacher
Kim ElliottRelease Teachers, 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 extremely 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, AwakeriSchool 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 travel, the gym and motor racing. I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Don Campbell
Don CampbellRelease Teacher
Don CampbellRelease Teachers, 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.

Kiwi Team

Helen McMahon
Helen McMahonOffice Administrator
Helen McMahonKiwi Team, Office Administrator
Hello my name is Helen McMahon and this is my third year of working as an Administration Assistant in the school office. My duties are supporting students, parents and teachers to make their experience at our school as smooth and enjoyable as possible. My family has lived in Mt Eden for over 30 years and both my children went through the local schools, including ANI. Our family also welcomed Niko in June 2020 and a lot of my spare time is taken up being a doting Gran. In the holidays and most weekends I can be found in gorgeous Pauanui enjoying all that it has to offer. I enjoy running and spending time with family and friends. Looking forward to meeting a lot of you as the year progresses and remember we're here in the office to help.
Jean Feng
Jean FengExecutive Officer
Jean FengKiwi Team, 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.
Chloe Moore
Chloe MooreSchool Counsellor
Chloe MooreKiwi Team, School Counsellor
Kia ora koutou, My name is Chloe and I am happy to be joining the ANI team in 2024 in my role as student counsellor. I specialise in providing developmentally appropriate, client-centred, strengths-based therapy for young people with commitments to trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices. I’m a fully registered member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, with postgraduate qualifications in both Counselling Theory and Developmental Science to Masters level. Counselling for young people is wonderfully unique; my role is to sensitively support students in ways that suit their diverse needs. My aim for those attending counselling with me is that they will leave feeling heard, valued and resourced with the appropriate skills and strategies to manage future challenges. Beyond the counselling room, I enjoy being in nature whenever I can – hiking, swimming, lounging on the beach with a good book. My family live in the Coromandel, the best beaches in the country, if you ask me! I am looking forward to meeting you all, always happy to chat.
Mandy Tomlins
Mandy TomlinsAlumni Ambassador
Kate Shin
Kate ShinInternational Students Director
Kate ShinKiwi Team, International Students Director
I am Kate Shin, the International Student Director. Originally coming from Seoul, Korea, I consider myself fortunate to have been born and raised in a loving family with three sisters, all professionals in Korea. Embracing my role as an experienced educator, I have been an integral part of ANI since 2006, having previously served as a Korean advisor in the School Support Team at the University of Canterbury. Completing my master's degree at the University of Auckland has further enriched my educational journey. Originally an English teacher at secondary schools in Seoul, I relocated to New Zealand in 1996 with my family. Joining ANI has been a rewarding experience, allowing me to collaborate with exceptional colleagues and engage with the vibrant children of this age group. Beyond my professional endeavours, I find joy in various hobbies such as playing the piano, tramping, reading, and exploring different corners of the world through travel. New Zealand, with its breathtaking nature, has become a cherished home for me.  Family holds a special place in my heart, and I take pleasure in spending quality time with my husband and two boys, who are now in their thirties. I am grateful for the opportunities that have shaped my life's journey and look forward to continuing my contributions to the ANI community.
Ula He
Ula HeProgram Administrator/Coordinator
Ula HeKiwi Team, Program Administrator/Coordinator
This is Ula He and I am in my third 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 a few 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 favourite hobbies in my spare time, and I spend a lot of time on these things. Traveling is also one of my favourite activities. I also regularly participate in volunteer activities every month to pass on the love. 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 this rich working experience can help me to provide a better range of services.
Tinashe Biri
Tinashe BiriIT Support
Tinashe BiriKiwi Team, IT Support
Kwaziwai, sawubona whanau. My name is Tinashe Biri and I have been at ANI for some time supporting students and teachers in my role as ICT administrator. I have been working in the IT and Telecommunications industry for over 30 years, with experience in the corporate and education sectors. I hail from Zimbabwe and have been in New Zealand, our second home for quite some time 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 keep us engaged and busy outside our work environment. 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 the way we live and learn. Ensuring and equipping students to be able to navigate the cyber jungle has been at the centre of my practice.
Bruce Banbury
Bruce BanburyProperty Manager
Bruce BanburyKiwi Team, Property Manager

Hi, my name is Bruce Banbury and I am the Property Manager at ANI.

In the recent past, I spent time assisting ANI students with their lab experiments working alongside the science teacher.
Prior to ANI, I worked as Technical Manager using my chemistry background to carve out an interesting career formulating and selling chemical-based industrial products to local and international companies.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year in 2022 as Property Manager at the school, utilising maintenance and organisational skills gained in the commercial world.
I have a long association with the school as my three children enjoyed their education here whilst forming enduring friendships with their fellow students to this day.
Outside of work, I play guitar, attend live music events and football matches of all three major codes and spend time socialising with friends and working on home renovations.

Tui Team

Candice Etzine
Candice EtzineSENCo
Candice EtzineTui Team, SENCo
Kia Ora! I’m Whaea Candice! Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, I moved to New Zealand at 18. I did not enter education immediately after school but I began my first degree in English and politics. After I finished university, I immersed myself in the dynamic world of hospitality. From the streets of London and Dublin to New Zealand, I carried a love for people, diversity and learning with me. My roles in hospitality ignited my passion for connecting with people, and I took this with me as I transitioned to education. Over the years I have had the privilege of working in various schools in Auckland with students from various ages and backgrounds. As a neurodiverse learner, I'm an ardent advocate for recognizing and celebrating unique strengths. It brings me immense joy to make a meaningful impact on the lives of learners, guiding them to unlock their full potential. Outside work, my heart belongs to family, and I treasure visits to Whangaparaoa for quality time with whanau. At home, a cheeky ginger cat named Honey Puff Pirate keeps me company. I'm an avid reader and audiobook enthusiast, especially enjoying Terry Pratchett's novels and the Rivers of London Series. Theatre and musicals have been a lifelong passion. I am so excited to be joining the team at ANI and can’t wait to see what this next chapter will bring!
Rachael Banbury
Rachael BanburyTeacher Aide
Rachael BanburyTui Team, Teacher Aide
Hello, my name is Rachael Banbury and I am a teacher aide at ANI. I studied at the University of Auckland and completed a BA degree, majoring in Politics and History with Honours. I have five years experience as a Teacher Aide so I am very familiar with the culture of the school from inside and outside the classroom. I have been working at ANI since I graduated Epsom Girls Grammar in 2016. 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. Being part of the ANI team for so long has been a privilege and I am excited to be working in a different arm of the school. In my free time, I enjoy reading novels, binge-watching the latest Netflix series, and taking part in a weekly pub quiz alongside some members of staff. I am looking forward to another eventful year working at ANI.
Roisin Smyth
Roisin SmythTeacher Aide
Roisin SmythTui Team, Teacher Aide
Kia Ora ! My name is Roisin Smyth and I am excited to see what the ANI team has in store for the 2024 year! I moved to New Zealand from Ireland in 2022 and I love experiencing the different cultures and traditions in a New Zealand school. I am working as a full-time Teacher Aide this year and can’t wait to see what’s in store. I studied a four-year degree in Ireland in Early Childhood Care and Education - working with children up to 7 years old. I am hoping to become a primary school teacher so my experience in ANI with older students will certainly shape the way I teach in the future. I am really passionate about working with students, and helping them in whatever way they may need. Back in Ireland - I grew up in the countryside, where I loved spending time with friends, family and of course my dog Holly. Since moving to New Zealand, while my family interactions have all been through FaceTime, I have certainly made a lot of friends who have become my NZ Whānau!
Gabriela Triana
Gabriela TrianaTeacher Aide
Gabriela TrianaTui Team, Teacher Aide
Hola! I'm Gabriela and I'm really excited to be working at ANI this year as a Teacher Aide. I was born in Colombia and lived there for a number of years before moving to New Zealand. I'm fluent in both English and Spanish and love celebrating my Colombian heritage through food, music and trips back to visit family. I've just finished a degree in digital design, majoring in visual effects. I love art and so outside of work, you can usually find me doing things like figure painting or anything creative.
Sam Blackman
Sam BlackmanTeacher Aide
Harry Williams
Harry WilliamsWater Polo Coordinator
Harry WilliamsTui Team, Water Polo Coordinator
Kia ora, my name is Harry Williams and this is my second year working as a teacher aide here at ANI. At the end of 2022, I completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation majoring in Coaching at AUT and I am currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at the University of Auckland in Health and Physical Education. I am passionate about all things sports, particularly rowing and swimming. I rowed all through high school and I was lucky enough to be a part of a team that competed at Henley Royal Regatta in England, which was an amazing experience for me. Outside of my work with ANI and my studies, I coach the Senior Rowing team at St Peter’s College.
Jordan Devery
Jordan DeveryWater Polo Coordinator
Jordan DeveryTui Team, Water Polo Coordinator
Hi! My name is Jordan and I have worked at ANI as a netball and Waterpolo coach for the past 3 years, as well as helping in the uniform shop. I have lived in Auckland all my life and finished high school at Epsom Girls Grammar school in 2021. I attend Auckland University of Technology (AUT) studying health science and hope to major in physiotherapy. A big passion of mine is sports. I play netball, Waterpolo, Dragon boating and I am also a lifeguard at Piha beach. In my free time, I like to go to the beach, hang out with friends and family, travel and cook. I am looking forward to working with the staff and students at ANI while expanding my skills and knowledge. I am looking forward to working with the young people at ANI because I will be able to share my knowledge and skills with them, as well as supporting and helping them when needed.
Connor Fraser
Connor FraserTeacher Aide
Connor FraserTui Team, Teacher Aide
Kia Ora!
My name is Connor Fraser and I am very fortunate to be part of the ANI community in 2024 as a teacher aide. I am in my second year of a Bachelor of Education at the University of Auckland pursuing my goal of becoming a kaiako. Last year I spent my practicum at ANI and I could not think of a better community to be a part of.
In my personal time, I love to travel to explore new places, whilst learning about new cultures. I also have a passion for music and play the piano and violin.
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa.
Amy Keating
Amy KeatingTeacher Aide
Amy KeatingTui Team, Teacher Aide

Hi, my name is Amy Keating and I am excited to be joining the ANI team for the 2024 year. Working with the teaching staff and students will allow me to share my skills, while also supporting and assisting them as needed. After finishing high school at Epsom Girls Grammar, I spent 5 months with Camp America in the USA working as a lifeguard and camp counsellor. Working with children and providing them with any assistance they may require is something I am truly passionate about. Another one of my passions is sports. I have played and coached water polo for many years, as well as working as a swim instructor. In my spare time, I like to travel and hang out with friends and family. I am excited to get to know everyone and begin my journey at ANI.

Liza Semenova
Liza SemenovaTeacher Aide
Liza SemenovaTui Team, Teacher Aide
Kia ora, My name is Liza Semenova and I am helping our students out during cooking and sewing classes. I love to encourage and support students during class and make sure that no one is missing out. I spent 3 years working as an English teacher in Beijing, China. This experience was very special to me and now I am excited to implement my knowledge here in New Zealand. I enjoy learning about new cultures and am happy to be a part of such a diverse school.
Abbey Brosnahan
Abbey BrosnahanTeacher Aide
Abbey BrosnahanTui Team, Teacher Aide
Tēnā koutou katoa, ko Abigail Brosnahan toku ingoa. I am very excited to be joining the team at ANI for 2023. I was born and raised in Auckland but I am Croatian/Irish and my partner and son are of Māori/Scandinavian descent. I love diversity & learning about different cultures. I am very passionate about aiding children during their school experiences. As a past ANI student, I am familiar with the school, I also have experience working in childcare in Manukau. My son Niko was born with extremely poor vision but he’s very fortunate to see with glasses, I have learnt a lot about patience & mindfulness from him. In my spare time, I enjoy working out & spending time with my family. I am looking forward to meeting everyone & starting my new journey at ANI. Kia pai ou kotou tango.