Ngāti Porou, Tuhoe
PE and Health Teacher, Tuakau College
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching
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."
"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."
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."