Year 1 & 2 Hub Teacher, Stonefields Primary School
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)
It was clear from the start that AUT was the right university for her, says education alumna Stacey Rowe.
“When I took a self-guided walk around the School of Education at AUT I immediately felt that it was set up for success. It felt warm and inviting.
“What attracted me to AUT was that the class sizes were small, and you were able to get more engagement and interaction with your peers and lecturers. It felt like an environment that was geared towards building a community rather than creating an individual.”
Her initial instinct proved right, Stacey says.
“At AUT I was challenged in every way possible – developing my beliefs and practice, and pushing my boundaries. I met people I know I’ll be friends with forever; people who are open to challenging mindsets. I liked that AUT seems more open and willing to try new things.”
The teaching placements were among the highlights of her studies.
“As an education student, you’re set up for success with two placements a year, which I was able to excel in. Throughout my time at each placement, I was given the opportunity to grow and develop skills that I never knew I had. I also enjoyed sharing my knowledge about emerging studies, theories and practices with the associate teachers.”
Greeted by smiling faces
Being a teacher never feels like a chore, says Stacey who now teaches at Stonefields Primary School.
“Seeing the learners grow and change across the two years is amazing. It feels like a gift. They have so much empathy, passion, love and kindness built into them ready to share.
“Each day you walk into the classroom and are greeted by smiling faces. If you have a day when you’re feeling slightly under the weather, without doubt, kids will make you feel better. Where else can you go to work every day and feel like you’re making a positive impact in their life?”
Her AUT degree has prepared her well for her work now, Stacey says.
“AUT taught me how to jump out of my comfort zone and into new things. I feel comfortable with being uncomfortable because of the foundations I developed during my time at AUT. In all honesty, nothing can ever set you up for being a teacher, but the foundations that were laid at AUT were a huge support.”