Ayla Thompson

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
New Zealand

Ayla grew up in Kaitaia and moved to Hamilton after high school to study a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Waikato. She had a passion for a profession that would make a difference in the lives of the people around her.

"My first year was the toughest while juggling a social life and assignments and learning how to study but it got better as time went on. Thankfully, the support network at the University and my friends and family are what pushed me through."

Since completing her degree, Ayla has been employed as a primary school teacher "The degree prepared me for the practical elements of teaching through regular exposure in classrooms right from our first year. We had lessons to plan and teach which helped my confidence when working alongside children. These practical experiences were definitely the most beneficial learning I had throughout the three years I studied.

The most rewarding part of my job is to see the difference I can make in a child’s life. I enjoy building relationships with each of my students and making my classroom a safe place for to be. When a child is happy to come to school and has a smile on their face when they walk into my classroom, I know I have made a positive impact on their life.

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