High school science and biology teacher

As a student, Sina Leilua (Tainui) did her first practicum placement at Botany Downs Secondary College. Now she teaches science and biology there full-time.

Sina Leilua inside a biology lab holding a model skeleton
Sina Leilua

Key facts

Career: Science and biology teacher
Programme: Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
Campus: Epsom

“I am teaching science and biology at Botany Downs Secondary College this year, which was the school I was at for my first practicum.

“Going on practicum was the highlight of this programme for me as in the end I felt I was confident enough to teach in my own classroom.

“I went on practicum at two schools that were very different from each other, which allowed me to adapt my teaching style and prepared me for anything that came my way.

“It also helped me to decide what type of school I wanted to teach in and reassured me that I was on the right path to a career that I would love.

“I enjoyed the assignments that were set for my science and biology courses. For example, for one assignment we had to create our own website.

“I chose to make mine for students to use as a study tool with videos, readings and past exam papers – which I think will be useful for my students.”

Sina was a recipient of a TeachNZ Kupe Scholarship for Māori and Pasifika High Achievers.