My official name is Sallyann Thomas but unofficially my friends and family call me Kavya.  I have had a strong connection with India for many years which is where the name comes from and I have travelled there regularly to volunteer!
I was born in Sarawak on the island of Borneo which is now part of Malaysia but  I grew up in the UK.  After university I taught English in Catalunya (Spain) which is where my love of teaching children began, so much so that I returned to the UK to do post graduate certificate in education in primary education.   
While teaching in a small community school I discovered Montessori!  Filled with excitement for this way of teaching I undertook a distance learning diploma and, after I qualified, I taught at Pocklington Montessori School, near York in the UK.  After visiting my sister in New Zealand in 2005 I decided to emigrate and taught at the Auckland Montessori Primary School in Parnell.  For the past year I have had the privilege of being the lead teacher in the 6 to 12 class at Mahurangi Montessori in Matakana.  Unfortunately, this unit was closing so I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to guide the children in the Montessori unit at Arataki Primary School and to watch them grow in the Montessori Way becoming lifelong learners with a strong sense of grace and courtesy.  I also feel fortunate that I will be living near my sister in Papamoa.

Kavya Thomas
Lead Teacher 6–12