Talofa! Cochise Avei (NCAET-L4/ABRSMGrad.Cert–Distinction/TCLGrad.Cert/BMus-Classical/GradDip.Teach-Sec) grew up in South-Auckland and from an early age was drawn to the study of science and maths as well as having a keen interest in classical music. He completed his undergraduate education in Auckland before enrolling at Victoria University in Wellington for further study, with a view to working with youth from underprivileged backgrounds who cannot afford private tuition. He has been working in the education sector for the past 3 years, his background in Music and ESOL teaching led him towards RTLB – Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour – within secondary schooling and further into private training. As a trained opera singer, Cochise has performed regularly in various New Zealand Opera productions as a member of the Opera Chorus since 2013. When Cochise is not in the classroom you can find him being ‘uncle of the year’ to his two adorable nieces or at the gym trying his best to recover from his addiction of good food.