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ALLIE - Cluster Manager

Kia Orana,

My name is Allie Costello and I am the Cluster Manager for the Summer Learning Journey for 2018. This is my second year in this role and I am really looking forward to visiting all the schools in the Toki Pounamu region again.

I am currently working at Grey Main School in Greymouth, in various roles from librarian to classroom relieving teacher. I live in Greymouth with my husband Mark and my daughter Kate. My  son Josh is currently living in the UK.

I recently ventured on holiday to Rarotonga with my family and had a blast. My opening greeting is how the friendly people of the Cook Islands greet everybody! I really enjoyed travelling there and I think it has given me itchy feet and I would really love to keep travelling and see more of he world.

I love to go to the movies, I find this really relaxing and enjoyable. You can’t beat watching something on the big screen. I most recently watch ‘ A Star is Born ‘ this was a great movie and I recommend it as a ‘must see’.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone as I make my way around the coast and am excited to follow your journey through the Summer Learning Journey once again.

See you all soon :)

To learn more about the programme and about me please listen to this short audio clip.

EVELYN - Blogger

Hello there!
My name is Evelyn Yu and I am a new member of the 2018 - 2019 Summer Learning Journey team. I am currently a second year Bachelor of Education student and am looking forward to teaching in my very own classroom in the near future.
I was born and raised in New Zealand by two amazing Taiwanese parents. I am very fortunate to be able to fly back and visit my home country every year or two. My older brother studied in America and now lives in San Francisco. I have a Pomeranian puppy that loves to cuddle next to me at night - he is the cutest ball of fluff! We named him Miso because his fur coat is the colour of Miso soup!
In my spare time, I enjoy baking delicious goodies, and playing the guitar or ukulele. I can speak fluently in both Mandarin and English and consider myself really lucky to be able to do so. Whenever I receive the chance, I also love to travel to different countries and continents of the world. Last year, I was finally able to cross Africa off the list; I had a spectacular experience and have been missing my elephant friends ever since! There is always so much to see and learn out there, you would be surprised!
It is going to be so exciting reading through all your fantastic blogs and I look forward to following you on this magnificent journey!

HASIBA - Blogger

Kia Ora!

I am Hasiba Zareh! This is my first year working as a blogger for SLJ! I am beyond excited to be apart of the team. I am an Auckland University graduate. In 2019 I will be teaching in a year 5 & 6 ILE at Avondale Primary School. I migrated from Afghanistan when I was just about to start school.

I speak three languages; English, Farsi/Dari and Hindi. I love trying new foods and exploring different countries. I enjoy scrapbooking and photography. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, watching movies and reading books. I wanted to become a teacher because it is a job that allows you to keep learning and exploring.

I came across the Summer Learning Journey while I was researching for an assignment on literacy inequalities in New Zealand schools. I am very passionate about raising literacy achievement and promoting books and learning to children all around New Zealand.

I am looking forward to joining the SLJ dream team and engaging with amazing kiwi kids' blogs.

ELLEE - Blogger

Kia ora guys!

My name is Ellee and I am another addition to the amazing Toki Ponamu team! I was lucky enough to be a part of this team last year for the Summer Learning Journey (2017-2018) so I am really looking forward hearing about what's new on the West Coast this year. Hopefully I will get to see some familiar bloggers and also meet many more new participants.

I was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand but like most kiwis I am a fond of travelling and tend not to stay put in one place, so if there are any adventurous recommendations out there I am all ears! I have also trained, like many of the team members, as a teacher in Auckland and was most recently working in an Early Childhood Centre with 2-5 year olds.  In my family I have an older brother and an older sister who I really enjoy getting into mischief with. There is also Beau, our family dog, who is a giant, furry baby and so fun to hang out with.

I can't wait to start checking out your blogs and following your journey through the rest of the summer - Happy blogging everyone!