Sonya Van Schaijik is a bilingual learner who speaks Samoan fluently, and has trained in effective pedagogies for bilingual education and ESOL. She is tattooed with the Samoan woman's malu,  Her considerable experience in building and leading e-learning communities for teachers and students includes introducing and coordinating TeachMeetNZ using Google Hangouts, which promotes conversations on effective pedagogies, being involved in the Flat Connections Global Projects, leading groups of teachers on Connected Educator, coordinates the yearly publication of #EdBookNZ  and is an across school leader for the Auckland Central Community of Schools, ACCoS Kahui Ako. Her home school is Newmarket School in Auckland New Zealand. You can find her on twitter @vanschaijik.