What are you studying?
Graduate Diploma of Teaching, specialising in Secondary teaching.
Where are you from?
Why did you choose the University of Waikato?
I studied here from 2004-2008 when I completed my Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS). I really enjoyed the campus and the lecturers so wanted to come back. I also heard that the Faculty of Education has a great reputation for producing excellent teachers.
What do you like about studying at the University of Waikato?
In Hamilton, everything is on one campus. It is really green with all the fields and trees so there are lots of places to hang out. The campus also has some great facilities that are continuously improving. I have also enjoyed learning from lecturers who have been helpful and supportive. Having the practicum elements of the programme is a huge advantage in terms of building confidence and being prepared for the workforce. Advice from the mentor teacher has been helpful in identifying areas that I needed to improve on.
What are your hopes for the future?
To inspire young people to be our country’s future leaders and teachers. I want to encourage students to learn as my teachers did when I was at school.
What inspires you?
Helping people and that is why I chose to teach. I get a kick out of seeing young people understand a concept, apply it to real-life and run with it. They come up with some amazing ideas and challenge you and what you know. To be a successful teacher you have to be up to date with current events, teaching techniques and technologies which is great if you love learning. My daughter also inspires me. It is hard to stop working and commit to full-time study in your 30’s but you just have to go for it!
What would you like to do when you graduate?
Get a full-time teaching role next year in the Waikato area. I would like to be teaching in the area of social science in a school of my choosing.