My Teaching Goal
My goal is help students gain the experience and skills they need to become independent, resourceful, and resilient life-long learners.
To do this I must:
Establish a positive and strong triadic relationship between teacher, student, and caregiver.
Get to know who my students are so their learning experiences can be suited to their needs.
Create open channels of communication with students and caregivers, so expectations are clear.
Provide a safe space for students and caregivers to share their culture, without judgement.
A Bit About My Background
I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines before moving to Auckland, New Zealand with my family in 2002. I quickly adapted to life in New Zealand and had a wonderful experience as a student at Birkdale Primary, Birkdale Intermediate, and Birkenhead College. I have always had a lot of energy and have been involved in various extracurricular activities, including singing, playing the violin, acting, and curling. I even had the opportunity to represent New Zealand in various competitions, including the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, 2018 World Championships as a player, and 2018 World Junior Championships as a commentator.
In addition to competing, I have also been actively involved in the curling community. I am the Auckland Secondary Schools Competition Organizer and the Youth Development Programme Coordinator for the Auckland Curling Club.
Ever since my time in intermediate school, I have had a passion for community service and leadership. I got involved with the Kaipatiki Youth Advisory group and the North Shore Youth Council, and even served as Head Girl in 2012. This passion has continued to grow throughout my education and career, and I now hold the role of Junior Leadership Coordinator at Massey High School.
I pursued my undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science majoring in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Biomedical Science, with a focus on Reproductive Science. While considering a PhD, I worked as a research assistant under Dr. Lynsey Cree (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) and Dr. Dorit Naot (Bone & Joint). Through these experiences, I realized that my true passion was working with and mentoring undergraduate students. I then decided to pursue a Master of Teaching and Education Leadership, and was fortunate to receive funding through the Ako Matātupu Teach First scholarship. I am confident that this was the best decision of my career and I am excited to continue making a positive impact in the lives of young people.
I hope this has given you an insight into my world. Please feel free to stop by my room in S206 in the Science building, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.