Amara Naus - Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
The Epsom Campus is a great place to study says Amara Naus.
"I decided to be a teacher while I was doing my undergraduate studies. I was keen on getting involved in making positive differences, and thought teaching would be a great way to do this. Education is an amazing tool in the fight against poverty, and we need to make sure our education system is committed to helping every student.
"The University of Auckland is where I completed my undergraduate studies, and I felt confident in the quality of education I would come away with. The Epsom Campus is a great place to study - the library is large and full of so many great resources, the student lounge is an awesome place to study as a group and the marae is welcoming to everyone."
I feel like I am making a real, tangible difference for the students I teach.
"The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) was diverse and expansive. We covered so many different topics, from the sociology of education, psychology of children, educational theories; and so much practical knowledge for the classroom including learning about being a culturally responsive teacher, and how to build relationships with students and whānau.
"At the moment I am a Media Studies teacher at Southern Cross Campus, exactly where I want to be. Both my Bachelor degree and Graduate Diploma from the University of Auckland have helped me so much in this job. I am able to combine my content knowledge with the practical skills of teaching that I learned in my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary).
"My job is exciting every day! Each day my students come with new challenges and ideas. I have so much fun learning with my students and seeing them improve. I am so invested in the school, the students and this profession, and it is great to have something new to look forward to everyday. I feel like I am making a real, tangible difference for the students I teach."