Jaleesa Hemi - BEd (Tchg) Primary
After a long time deciding on what she wanted to study, Jaleesa enrolled in the Foundation Certificate Education. She is now studying our primary specialisation.
“It took me a long time to decide what I wanted to study. I had always enjoyed working with children and I was lucky to have lots of opportunities to teach youth classes at church, which helped me to decide that teaching would be something that I would love.
“I am a mum and when I chose this qualification I asked myself, ‘how can this help me teach my own children?’ I want my children to have a desire to study so that they can be successful. I am hoping that by becoming a primary school teacher I can be there to help them and be a part of their learning.
“I chose to study at the University of Auckland not only because of its renowned reputation, but also because of the availability of the degree here in Manukau. It has made education much more accessible for those who live and work in the area.
“Manukau Campus is unique to the rest of the University. Because we are based at the Manukau Institute of Technology, as students of the University of Auckland, we are fortunate to have access to the services of both organisations.
“Last year I completed the Foundation Certificate Education and I really enjoyed learning about child development. I loved how easily I could relate the different stages of development to my own children’s. I actually think that every parent can benefit from what is taught in this course and I only wish that I had studied it earlier.
“The campus has an awesome atmosphere. The students and faculty here are like a family. Everyone wants you to succeed so doors are always open for extra support and encouragement.”