Why Tone loves being an educator

Tone at Manurewa South School

Why did you initially want to be a teacher? And then a principal?

I was fortunate to have some great teachers during my schooling years and knew that their influence on my learning had made an impact. I wanted to be able to do the same for others. I always knew that I would eventually like to lead a school, and I was given this opportunity in 2001.

What do you love about your role?

I love seeing children achieve and do well: that light bulb moment when they get it; seeing students motivated to learn; engaging parents in their child’s learning.

I love the interactions with students, parents and our dedicated staff who want to ‘make a difference’ in the lives of our students.

The students at Manurewa South have such diversity and they want to do well, which I think is half the battle won.

What are your hopes and aspirations for your students?

When students leave Manurewa South, I hope we have given them enough tools to support their learning and that they will go on to be great leaders at their next school. I also want them to know that there is a wider community out there.

What advice do you have for aspiring teachers?

Teaching is such a rewarding profession – what other profession do you get to shape our future leaders? It is a profession that requires inspirational motivators: hard-working and dedicated people who want to make a difference.

What did you do to become a teacher?

Initially, I studied a Bachelor of Education together with a Diploma of Teaching, which was going to take four years to complete. However, I applied for my first teaching job after completing my Diploma of Teaching - I was keen to have my own class.

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