Our Staff

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Principal

Jill Farquharson
Jill FarquharsonPrincipal
Jill FarquharsonPrincipal, Principal
Kia ora tatou 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 on 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 lifelong learners’ is as relevant now as it was when we established it. It connects well when we think about the challenges our learners have experienced over the past two years during COVID-19. They have lived through international change and gathered new knowledge around what a world pandemic brings and as a school, we have a deep appreciation of their resilience and confidence. As educators, we know the importance of preparing our young people for a future that will be coupled with an ever-changing educational landscape so the knowledge we have and gained from lockdown will help us not only provide positive learning experiences but will also provide a solid platform from which to build personalised learning programmes supporting each and every learner. An important goal for me this year is to meet the needs of all emerging adolescents at ANI and I intend to work closely with students and their teachers to achieve this goal making sure 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 seeing the completion of two building projects you may have noticed on the school court area. One is a two-storied teaching block of ten classrooms due for completion in September this year and the other a multi-purpose space or as you may remember from your school days a school hall and gym due for completion in November this year. They had a bit of a shaky start in July  2021 as they soon went into lockdown but I’m happy to report that things are progressing splendidly and we are on track for a grand opening at the end of the year! Exciting times are ahead and we all can’t wait to get into these spaces. We will keep you updated on our progress as we move through the year via school apps and newsletters. You won’t miss out on 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 5 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 Leadership 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 kids, Frankie and Charlie! They are miniature dachshunds and are our service dogs at school. They spend their days with students who sometimes need a break from the classroom environment - they absolutely love school and the kids love them! My partner and I are big foodies and love being outdoors, often venturing off to various walks around the Waitakere ranges with dogs 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 and 2021 as well as the research from educational leaders such as Valerie Hannon, 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 students at ANI. Another reason I love being at ANI is that we implement the dynamic International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme using the Primary Years programme or PYP learning framework. At school, I enjoy being part of all events and activities on offer and particularly enjoy being part of organising or coaching sports teams such as the ski team. I also facilitate  Student Coaching across the school, another passion of mine. My Whakapapa is from the West of Auckland, where my mother still resides and I am proud to be a Westie. Growing up out west 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, 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 looking forward to working with you in the future and spending time with your tamariki during their time at ANI.

Year 7 Totara Team

Kieran Gleeson
Kieran GleesonTeam Leader, Room 22
Kieran GleesonYear 7 Totara team, Team Leader, Room 22
Dia daoibh gach duine.
My name is Kieran Gleeson. I am the Year 7 Dean and 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 enjoy building strong relationships with my students, inspiring them where I can and learning from them everyday. 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. 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 21
Xavier RiceYear 7 Totara team, Room 21
Kia Ora I am Xavier Rice, the teacher of room 21 in the Totara team this year. I am fortunate to be a part of 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 am the 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 (mum's 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). For 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 21 today! I currently play for the Northcote Rugby League and North Shore Tigers (Aussie Rules Football).  I am passionate about sport, developing children's hauora (mental, emotional, physical & spiritual well-being) and seeking new learning experiences. I look forward to taking another year on and WINNING the house competition with Ahi for 2022!'
Sophie Hunt
Sophie HuntRoom 19
Sophie HuntYear 7 Totara team, Room 19

Tēnā koutou katoa. 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.

Charlotte Ironside
Charlotte IronsideRoom 24
Charlotte IronsideYear 7 Totara team, Room 24
My name is Charlotte Ironside, year 7 classroom teacher and ASL (Across School Leader). This is my fourth year teaching at ANI and I love the variety and excitement that working at ANI brings. I moved to New Zealand 5 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 have 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 am engaged and will be using this year to continue wedding preparations for 2023!
Casey Zhang
Casey ZhangRoom 20
Casey ZhangYear 7 Totara team, Room 20
Kia Ora! I am blessed to be joining the ANI team this year. I returned to Aotearoa at the end of 2021 after venturing to the U.K. for 4 years teaching Year 6 pupils. I loved my time abroad as I was fortunate enough to travel to many parts of the world while meeting new people along the way. Prior to living in London, I taught in a primary setting for 4 years then returned to the University of Auckland to complete my Master of Education. I am passionately committed to promoting a positive, fun and nurturing learning environment where students can achieve personal growth and excellence. When I am not teaching, I love to be outdoors going for a walk, hike or trying out something new; I love being out of my comfort zone and finding new interests and hobbies. I also enjoy mindfulness practice at home and endeavor to include this in the classroom. In addition to English, I also speak Cantonese and Mandarin. I am excited for the year ahead with Room 20 and look forward to unlocking the brilliant child that’s inside every student.
Maddy Mitchell
Maddy MitchellRoom 23
Maddy MitchellYear 7 Totara team, Room 23
Kia ora! My name is Maddy Mitchell, the year seven classroom teacher for Room 23. This will be my first year at Auckland Normal Intermediate and I'm so excited to be joining such an inspiring team. I grew up on Auckland's North Shore as the middle child with an older sister and a younger brother. In 2015 I was blessed with three step sisters and I'm now the second oldest! My beautiful blended family is full of love, laughter and lots of fun! I have always had a passion for ballet and contemporary dance and I can't wait to share this with the ANI community. In my spare time I often find myself creating and watching things come to life. I have recently enjoyed painting by numbers, diamond art, playing guitar and listening to live music. My family and I are also massive rugby union fans and never miss a game! Teaching and learning is in my blood and it is definitely in my heart, which is why the principles of 'Whanaungatanga' are so important. Building strong and positive relationships with my students and their whānau will always come first. I am really looking forward to fostering an environment for lifelong learners, where everyone is supported to take ownership over their learning. I welcome curiosity and will encourage my students to use their mistakes as a stepping stone to success and to take risks in all areas. Kia pai tō rā!

Year 7 Kauri Team

Andrew Lawrence
Andrew LawrenceTeam Leader, Room 27
Andrew LawrenceYear 7 Kauri Team, Team Leader, Room 27
Kia ora koutou, my name is Andy Lawrence and I am the Kauri team leader and eager teacher in Room 27.  Additionally, I am one of ANI's Across School Leaders, working with several schools in a community initiative. I have taught both Year 7 and Year 8, and am now entering my eighth 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!
Yasuko Okamura
Yasuko OkamuraRoom 26
Yasuko OkamuraYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 26

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 10 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 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 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!

Sana Yakub
Sana YakubRoom 25
Sana YakubYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 25
Kia ora, Asaalam alaykum and Bula to all of you, my name is Sana Yakub and the proud teacher of room 25. This is my second year at ANI and my second year living in New Zealand as well. I was born and raised in Australia, Melbourne and happened to find the love of my life across the Tasman in New Zealand. I graduated from Deakin University with a bachelor's degree in Secondary teaching/arts majoring in children’s literature. I had an early passion for teaching from a young age which stemmed from my grandfather being the head principal in his hometown in Fiji. I never thought I would leave Australia but I believe this change is for the better and I already feel so welcomed by those surrounding me here in NZ. One thing I enjoy is seeing how much NZ embraces the Maori culture and I sense the love the community shares for its country. I have travelled to Queenstown, Wellington and Rotorua so far but I have much more of NZ to explore. I look forward to establishing a great rapport with my class by establishing a relationship based on trust and honesty. I will do my level best in giving my students quality and beneficial teaching and most importantly have fun with teaching!
Annie MacKellow
Annie MacKellowRoom 28
Annie MacKellowYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 28
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 have a strong belief that learning never stops, and hope to gain new 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.
Natalya Hazelwood
Natalya HazelwoodRoom 29
Natalya HazelwoodYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 29
Kia ora e te whanau. My name is Natalya Hazelwood and I am the classroom teacher of room 29. I started my ANI journey in 2019 and have taught year 8 for the last 3 years. I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher who 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, boxing or watching a great Netflix series. I am so excited for 2022 and all the opportunities our students will have to achieve great things this year.
Sunilla Naik
Sunilla NaikRoom 30
Sunilla NaikYear 7 Kauri Team, Room 30
Asaalam alaykum and Kia ora o te whanau, Ko Sunilla Naik toku ingoa.  I am the classroom teacher of the young champions of room 30 and this is my second year teaching at ANI. This year, I also have the privilege to serve as a staff leader of the house Whenua at this fabulous school.  I have five years of teaching experience in a range of year levels between years 1 to 6, as well as two years of experience teaching at a university in Pakistan.  My family moved to New Zealand in 2015 and I completed my teacher’s training in 2020 from the University of Auckland. Last year, I also completed a course which specialises in teaching maths and science to young children. I admire and respect the thinking of students at the intermediate level and strongly aim to support students to see their potential and strive for excellence.  In my classroom, I promote inclusiveness and lifelong learning. Furthermore, I am a true believer of building strong positive relationships with my learners.  I am married and we have three teenage boys in our house, Masha Allah. When I am home, I cook traditional cuisine and watch a good cricket series with my family. I support my boys with their academic and sports activities and actively participate as a parent helper whenever I can. On weekends, I love to play and organise badminton games for my friends. This year I am proud to win the Women Doubles Badminton tournament held in our community. Born and raised in Pakistan and having maternal and paternal families from India, my first two languages are Urdu and Hindi. I am profusely thrilled and excited to be part of the ANI family and looking forward to a fun-filled learning year ahead.

Year 8 Matai Team

Ashley Triana
Ashley TrianaTeam Leader, Room 4
Ashley TrianaYear 8 Matai Team, Team Leader, Room 4
Tēnā Koutou, my name is Ashley Triana and I am the team leader of our wonderful Matai 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 10 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, 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 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 final 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 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 neighbourhood, don’t hesitate to pop by room 4 and say hello.
Matty Bowman
Matty BowmanRoom 7
Matty BowmanYear 8 Matai Team, Room 7
Kia ora e te whanau. My name is Matthew Bowman and I am the lucky classroom teacher of Room 7. I like to see myself as a self-directed, action-oriented professional with over 5 year's experience in education and community service. I was born and raised in the North of England (Yorkshire) and arrived in New Zealand in 2020.  I am looking forward to getting to know all my students and building strong, positive relationships. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy being active and spending lots of my time outdoors. I play a range of sports but the one I am most passionate about is football (soccer). As a teacher, I am an enthusiastic and committed educator with an innate ability to understand and motivate children and I strive to build student self-esteem and encourage understanding of cultural diversity to create a cooperative community in the classroom. This year a big focus of mine will be to prepare our students for the amazing opportunities they will face in and out of the classroom and apply these to the ever-changing scenarios they will face later on in life.
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 year 8 students at ANI for the past 5 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 3-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.
Chae-Yeon Park
Chae-Yeon ParkRoom 5
Chae-Yeon ParkYear 8 Matai Team, Room 5
Tēnā Koutou, my name is Chae-Yeon Park and I am the lucky classroom teacher of Room 5. I completed the Bachelor of Primary Teaching degree from Laidlaw College in 2020 and joined ANI straight after. I was born and raised in Tāmaki-Makaurau, and my family immigrated here 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 art projects. 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 sets us up as lifelong learners. I deeply value collaboration and connection. I am truly hopeful that all learning experiences in 2022 will foster positive self-growth, prepare learners for their transition into high school, and aid them in developing positive self-worth and self-identity.
Nick Houston
Nick HoustonRoom 6
Nick HoustonYear 8 Matai Team, 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 6 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 6. 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.
Bruce Ng
Bruce NgRoom 3
Bruce NgYear 8 Matai Team, Room 3
Kia ora, my name is Bruce Ng and I am very excited to be a classroom teacher of Room 3. 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 form 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 3, come in and introduce yourself. I would love to meet you all!

Year 8 Rimu Team

Alice O’Sullivan
Alice O’SullivanTeam Leader, Room 9
Alice O’SullivanYear 8 Rimu Team, Team Leader, Room 9
Kia ora e te whānau. I’m Alice O’Sullivan and I am the classroom teacher in Room 9. 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.
Jo Wang
Jo WangRoom 13
Jo WangYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 13
Kia ora, my name is Jo and I am very excited to be part of the Year 8 Rimu team as the Room 13 teacher for 2022. I have recently completed both my Master’s in Education specialising in Literacy, and Masters 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.
Renee Dale
Renee DaleRoom 16
Renee DaleYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 16
Kia ora, my name is Renée Dale and I am lucky enough to be working in the Year 8 Rimu team as the classroom teacher in Room 16. I completed my Bachelor of Education, specialising in Primary Teaching last year and am very excited to be starting my teaching career here at ANI. I have worked as a teacher aide at ANI for the last two years and could not think of a better school to start my journey with. I am extremely passionate about teaching and learning and am very excited to be at an IB school where student agency is at the centre of it all.  I grew up in Tāmaki-Makaurau and recently moved to One Tree Hill where I plan on walking the mountain as often as possible! In my downtime, I enjoy cooking, exercising and spending time with loved ones. I love being a part of the ANI whānau and am looking forward to a fabulous 2022!
Steven Van Nes
Steven Van NesRoom 10
Steven Van NesYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 10
Tēnā koutou, ko Steven Van Nes toku ingoa. I am proud to be the cultural leader at ANI, promoting diversity and cultural inclusivity, the distance squad coordinator, growing a love of running amongst our young people and the passionate educator for Room 10. 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 have 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. 4 year old, Mason, and 2 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.
Kueni Schaumkel
Kueni SchaumkelRoom 14
Kueni SchaumkelYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 14
Talofa Lava my name is Kueni Schaumkel. I am the Room 14 classroom teacher and also take on the role at ANI as the Netball Coordinator. 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!
Colin Dale
Colin DaleRoom 15
Colin DaleYear 8 Rimu Team, Room 15
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.

Kowhai Team (Specialists)

Carlos Kucera
Carlos KuceraTeam Leader, Sports Academy
Carlos KuceraKowhai Team (Specialists), Team Leader, Sports Academy
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.
George Pearson
George PearsonHard Technology (Lab Tech)
George PearsonKowhai Team (Specialists), Hard Technology (Lab Tech)
Kia ora, my name is George Pearson and I am a full time support staff member. 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.
Jacob Markham
Jacob MarkhamHard Technology
Jacob MarkhamKowhai Team (Specialists), Hard 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 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.

Brooke Tuialii
Brooke TuialiiSoft Technology
Brooke TuialiiKowhai Team (Specialists), Soft 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.
Beren Allen
Beren AllenArts (Visual Arts)
Beren AllenKowhai Team (Specialists), Arts (Visual 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!
Eugene Marshall
Eugene MarshallArts (Music)
Eugene MarshallKowhai Team (Specialists), Arts (Music)
Kia Ora! I'm thrilled to be part of the 2022 ANI whanau 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!
Neeti Siras
Neeti SirasScience
Neeti SirasKowhai Team (Specialists), Science
Kia Ora & Namaste! My name is Neeti Siras, and I have recently joined ANI as a Science Teacher. I was born and brought up in India, the land of cultural diversity and spiritualism. In my teaching career, I have taught Primary as well as Secondary school students. Teaching has been my passion and I believe in learning by doing. My journey as a Science teacher has been wonderful, with a lot of learning and reflection. Science is an Inquiry based learning area and hence my role is to help students understand the key concepts, perform experiments and do research projects. Positive attitude in the classroom brings enthusiasm, innovation, curiosity and wonderment. Being a mother and a wife, cooking has become an inseparable part of my duty and truly I have enjoyed that. Hence, my kitchen is full of experiments too. I have two sons, the elder one is in year 5 and the younger one goes to kindergarten (who always keeps me busy). My husband is a software professional. I consider myself fortunate enough to be a part of ANI.
Renee Paterson
Renee PatersonScience (Lab Tech)
Renee PatersonKowhai Team (Specialists), Science (Lab Tech)
My name is Renee Paterson, and I am a Teacher Aide at ANI.  This will be my first year at ANI and I am very excited to be a part of the team. I have just finished my degree at the University of Auckland, studying Sport, Health and physical education. I am hoping to do my teaching degree in the next few years and become a qualified teacher. In my free time I enjoy swimming, soccer, being in the outdoors and spending time with my family/friends. I am excited for this year being a teacher aide to learn and develop as an individual and to try new things that I have never experienced before. I'm looking forward to what this year holds. I am excited about working alongside the talented young people that attend ANI.
Thomas Jones
Thomas JonesPhysical Education
Thomas JonesKowhai Team (Specialists), Physical Education

Thomas is the name, PE is the game. I am in my 4th year of PE teaching at ANI and loving my time at the school. The teachers are supportive. The students are engaged, energetic and passionate and the facilities are great.

I 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 2022 include continuing my French language learning, to train for and compete in the Auckland Marathon in 2023 and to read 15 books in 2022.

Rata Team

Kate Shin
Kate ShinInternational Students Director
Kate ShinRata Team, International Students Director
Kate Shin is the International Students Director. Her Korean name is Ji Yeongyeon. She is committed to her role as an experienced teacher and long serving staff member at ANI. She works part time (Mon, Tue, Thu) in our International Student Department. She has worked at ANI since 2006 and lives in Remuera. She previously worked at the University of Canterbury as a Korean advisor in the School Support Team. After that she completed her master’s degree at the University of Auckland. Her hobbies include playing the piano, tramping, reading and travelling. She loves living in New Zealand and exploring nature within the country. She originally comes from Seoul, South Korea and moved to New Zealand in 1996. She was an English teacher in state schools in Seoul, Korea. She feels fortunate to come to ANI and work with her colleagues. She has a strong passion to work with children of this age at ANI.
Lynley Sheweiry
Lynley SheweiryPrincipal's PA & International Student Administrator
Lynley SheweiryKiwi Team, Principal's PA & 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.
Cynthia Montesinos
Cynthia MontesinosLanguages - Spanish
Cynthia MontesinosRata Team, Languages - Spanish
Hola!! This is Cynthia Montesinos, I am a proud teacher of Spanish. Mexico is my home country and New Zealand has become my second home for almost three years so far. 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 of communication in an intercultural way as citizens of the world. I really enjoy teaching and learning through music, games and different resources for a better experience. I have a BA in English (Honours), a Masters degree in Communication applied to Education and I am doing a postgrad program at the University of Auckland. I have travelled to different countries from North America, Central America, the UK and Europe and my plan is to continue exploring the wonderful spots from New Zealand, baking, going out with my kids, trying new food and enjoying a good cup of coffee. If you see me around, say “hola” to me!
Jasmine Hanawy
Jasmine HanawyLanguages - French
Jasmine HanawyRata Team, Languages - French
Bonjour my name is Jasmine Hanawy and I am the enthusiastic French teacher with high aspirations for my year 7 students. I take pleasure from encouraging students to be risk takers and confident learners. This is my sixth year at ANI, over the years I had the privilege of being part of such a pioneering and exciting school. My passion is being able to able to teach the language I love to my present and future students and foster in them a love for French language and culture. As a result, I would like to see my students developing a clear understanding of their learning and having a sense of agency and feeling in control. I am half Egyptian and half French. I like swimming and going for long walks. I love travelling and exploring new places as well as hearing languages spoken around me especially the French language. I immigrated to New Zealand 26 years ago with my family. My son is a pilot with Emirates so he is residing in Dubai with his family.
Aideen Ryan
Aideen RyanESOL Teacher
Aideen RyanRata Team, ESOL Teacher
I am the proud ESOL teacher here at ANI and I have been teaching at this wonderful school for the past 2 years. I really enjoy helping to enable students to learn from attending extracurricular activities and trips. Last year I helped to organise ESOL trips to the Auckland Art Museum and the Auckland Maritime Museum. I also really enjoy supporting sports within the school and I supported table tennis competitions here last year. I believe that students learn from experiencing new and exciting things and ANI is an incredible place, with many opportunities for young people to learn in this fascinating environment. 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. Another passion of mine is collecting vinyl records of a wide variety of different genres. During weekends and in the school holidays I can be found DJing at some local venues in Tāmaki Makaurau. I look forward to 2022 and getting to know you all this year!
Rachel Almeida
Rachel AlmeidaSchool Counsellor
Rachel AlmeidaRata Team, School Counsellor
Hello! My name is Rachel and I am the counsellor at ANI. This is my first year working at ANI and I feel so lucky to be a part of an amazing team and community. I was born in India but migrated to New Zealand when I was two. I currently live at home with my two brothers aged 19 and 9 so as you can imagine our house is very rarely quiet. In my free time, I love finding new coffee shops, listening to music, and spending time with my brothers which currently means playing avengers!
I am interested in finding different ways in which people can use creative modalities such as art, music, and drama to better understand themselves and the world around them. I believe that counselling can be extremely beneficial for children as it can help children better understand their emotions. When children better understand their emotions and have the appropriate tools and skills to manage them, overcoming  stressful situations and life's adversities become easier to manage
I look forward to seeing what this year has to offer!
Sakima Cornwall
Sakima CornwallResearch Ambassador/Librarian
Sakima CornwallRata Team, 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

Part-time Support Staff

Kim Elliott
Kim ElliottPCT Release Teacher
Kim ElliottPart Time Support Staff, 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 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 CampbellPart Time Support Staff, 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

Rachael Banbury
Rachael BanburyConcierge/Teacher Aide
Rachael BanburyKiwi Team, Concierge/Teacher Aide
Hello, my name is Rachael Banbury and I am the concierge 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 and am very much looking forward to my sixth 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. 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 for 2022. 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.
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.
Lynley Sheweiry
Lynley SheweiryPrincipal's PA & International Student Administrator
Lynley SheweiryKiwi Team, Principal's PA & 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.
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.
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 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.
Bruce Banbury
Bruce BanburyProperty Manager
Bruce BanburyKiwi Team, Property Manager

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.

Tui Team

Rachael Banbury
Rachael BanburyConcierge/Teacher Aide
Rachael BanburyKiwi Team, Concierge/Teacher Aide
Hello, my name is Rachael Banbury and I am the concierge 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 and am very much looking forward to my sixth 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. 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 for 2022. 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.
Georgia Hulme
Georgia HulmeTeacher Aide
Georgia HulmeTui Team, Teacher Aide
HI! My name is Georgia Hulme, and this is my second year as a teacher aide here at ANI. I was born and raised in Auckland and finished high school in 2020. While working at ANI, I will continue my studies of Psychology and Communications at the University of Auckland, showing my passion for helping/understanding others and expanding my own learning. I am excited to work alongside the amazing teachers at ANI and assist the students with their learning and navigation of 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 2022 holds.
Sam Blackman
Sam BlackmanTeacher Aide
Keegan Allen
Keegan AllenTeacher Aide
Keegan AllenTui Team, Teacher Aide
Ko Taranaki te Maunga
Ko Whanganui-a-Tara te Moana
Ko Te Ati Awa te Iwi
Ko Ngāti Hāmua te Hapū
Ko Waiwhetū te Marae
Ko Keegan toku ingoa
I am a part-time teacher aid at ANI. I have a strong passion for working with children, which is something I have been doing for many years, both in the classroom and with sports teams and physical education. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from AUT with a double major in criminology and psychology and am an avid sports fan, following a number of different leagues and competitions around the world, and I love food both cooking and eating it!
Gabriel Kofoed
Gabriel KofoedTeacher Aide
Gabriel KofoedTui Team, Teacher Aide
Kia ora, my name is Gabriel and I am a full-time support staff member. I am looking forward to supporting and building my skills with older students having worked with younger students previously. My interests include Brazilian jujitsu, art and design, skateboarding, amateur DJ, casual football, cricket, work and spending time with family and friends. I have attended local schools, know this community well, and am excited to be on the team at Auckland Normal Intermediate.
Kudzai Biri
Kudzai BiriTeacher Aide
Kudzai BiriTui Team, Teacher Aide
Kwaziwai, my name is Kudzai Biri and I am one of the Teacher Aides here at ANI. The past two summers I have been helping at the uniform shop and received the wonderful opportunity to work with the children as I complete my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Mental development in youth and how they view themselves and the world has always been a passion of mine and I’m excited to work alongside the teachers - watching and supporting the growth of the students. Some of my hobbies include lifting weights at the gym, reading and writing - and mastering new skills like ice skating and roller skating. I love catching up with my friends over food or obsessing over Marvel movies and tv shows. I am excited at what the future holds working at ANI in 2022.
Sophie Sun
Sophie SunTeacher Aide
Sophie SunTui Team, Teacher Aide
Tēnā koutou katoa ko Sophie toku ingoa. This is my first year working in education and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work with my talented peers on the ANI team. Currently, I am in my final year of study, doing a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts Conjoint majoring in English and Politics. I was born in the great metropolis of Shanghai but my safe spaces are the North Shore and the Waitākere Ranges, where my parents live. It comes as no surprise that I love being immersed in nature. You can often find me sitting on a beach or in a forest photosynthesising or reading and daydreaming. I used to work in hospitality so I'm the biggest coffee nerd you could meet and I'm always keen for a cheeky brunch with friends. Otherwise, you can find me roller skating, hanging out with my dog, or being immersed in any of my ongoing creative ventures. I'm so excited to be part of the wider support network for students at ANI and to be part of their journey developing into fantastic young adults."

Nikau Team (Specialist Support)

George Pearson
George PearsonHard Technology (Lab Tech)
George PearsonKowhai Team (Specialists), Hard Technology (Lab Tech)
Kia ora, my name is George Pearson and I am a full time support staff member. 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.
Mauri Hohepa
Mauri HohepaLanguages - Te Reo / Kapa Haka / Tikanga Tutor
Mauri HohepaNikau Team (Specialist Support), 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.

Renee Paterson
Renee PatersonScience (Lab Tech)
Renee PatersonKowhai Team (Specialists), Science (Lab Tech)
My name is Renee Paterson, and I am a Teacher Aide at ANI.  This will be my first year at ANI and I am very excited to be a part of the team. I have just finished my degree at the University of Auckland, studying Sport, Health and physical education. I am hoping to do my teaching degree in the next few years and become a qualified teacher. In my free time I enjoy swimming, soccer, being in the outdoors and spending time with my family/friends. I am excited for this year being a teacher aide to learn and develop as an individual and to try new things that I have never experienced before. I'm looking forward to what this year holds. I am excited about working alongside the talented young people that attend ANI.

A REMINDER FOR ALL PARENTS

ANI TEACHER ONLY DAYS 

20 May 2022 – SCHOOL CLOSED

23 May 2022 – SCHOOL CLOSED

3 June 2022 – SCHOOL CLOSED