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NICKY - Blogger


My name is Nicky Bloy and I'll be working with you this summer for the Summer Learning Journey. I am looking forward to beginning my career as a teacher next year. I grew up in the Kapiti Coast near Wellington but I currently live in Auckland and I love exploring here because there are so many fun things to do.

I love being a part of my church family (C3 Church in Ellerslie) and spending time with family and friends. I grew up loving and playing sports, especially soccer and love sewing, baking and being outdoors. I love travelling and experiencing new cultures. I spent some time living in Turkey and loved all the differences and attempting to speak the language. I can't wait to hear your experiences and stories!

I'm looking forward to reading your blogs and getting to know you these holidays!

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PATRICIA - Blogger


Hi, my name is Patricia Santos and I am part of the 2017 - 2018 Summer Learning Journey team. I am currently doing my Bachelor of Education degree and teaching classes for Portuguese as heritage language. I am excited about the prospect of finishing my degree next year and having my very own class.

My journey in education started with the birth of my first and only child Isabella, who is now 6 years old. Looking back on her arrival in my life I can see that it created a big shift in my perceptions of the world and myself. I have become a much stronger person and most importantly, deep inside myself, a strong feeling to make an active and positive impact on this world was raised.

The decision to become a teacher comes from a genuine belief and passion about upbringing, education and the power of creating your own opportunities.  

I speak 3 languages, my native tongue of Portuguese, Spanish and English. I am extremely passionate about education, the outdoors, children, animals, healthy nutrition, music and art.

I am looking forward to working with you this summer!

BILLY - Blogger

Hi there,

My name is Billy and I am a primary school teacher at a school in Point Chevalier. I have been teaching for almost two years and I absolutely love it! It is very fun and is always interesting. I teach a class of 21 year two children who are from many different cultures and have many different interests. At the beginning of the year I broke my ankle playing soccer and had to teach on crutches – that wasn’t easy!

I was born here in Auckland and have lived here all my life. I have two brothers, one who is older and one who is younger. My younger brother lives in Wellington and my older brother lives in London, in England. I have a cat named Jackson, he is very strange and lazy.

In my own time I love to play different sports, such as soccer, basketball and netball. Up until a few years ago, I used to play softball too. I really enjoy watching cricket, baseball, ice hockey, rugby and rugby league. When I am not playing or watching sports I like to read books, explore nature, and go to music concerts. Next year I plan to move overseas and travel around different parts of the world.

I am really excited to be a part of this Summer Learning Journey and I am looking forward to blogging with you!