AUT - Susan Wharerimu


Susan Wharerimu


Head of Department of Health, PE Teacher and Te Kotahitanga facilitator, Tuakau College

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

Ngāti Porou, Tuhoe

Susan Wharerimu's positive high school experience inspired her to study secondary teaching at AUT University, and has led to a teaching career that now sees her heading up the Health department of Tuakau College.

Awhi and aroha
Susan says the support and care she received from her secondary teachers made her want to teach.

"They helped me to excel in all areas of school life. I wanted to become a person who could provide that same awhi and aroha for the youth of today."

Great support at AUT
It also helped that staff at AUT had those same philosophies and goals, says Susan.

"AUT has some of the best staff that a student could possibly need. The support from lecturers right through to the librarians definitely helped. I was lucky to have the extra support from the Māori department on campus which meant so much too."

Building teaching skills
She enrolled in the secondary teaching diploma after completing a degree elsewhere in sport coaching. The support from AUT helped her gain the confidence she needed to succeed in her role, while also helping her build the necessary teaching skills.

"I found my confidence grew as I was placed at various practicums. The lecturers were very supportive, informative and listened to my queries and thoughts. The theory aspect proved to help build my lesson plans and to challenge mine and the students' thinking. AUT provided me a firm ground to develop my teaching."

Employer comment

"We really liked Susan’s dedication to improving the outcomes for students and Māori students, her personal and interpersonal skills and her ability to fit the Tuakau College ethos and culture. Her qualifications and her work experience also gave her the necessary skills to support the reasons as to why we employed her."
— Chris Betty, Principal, Tuakau College
Last updated: 18 Jul 2013 11:01am

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