Another male ECE teacher bucks the trend
You may remember media coverage in May about male ECE teachers. Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe wrote an opinion piece in response to the coverage.
Today, third year Te Rito Maioha Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) student, Thomas Cook talks about his experience.
‘Ko Thomas Cook toku ingoa, no kerikeri ahau. E mahi ana ahau ki te kohungahunga o Kerikeri Community Childcare Trust.
‘Hi, my name is Thomas Cook and I would recommend Te Rito Maioha to everyone.
‘As a male in a female dominated profession, I have been warmly welcomed and feel at home.
‘Taking the leap and changing careers was an extremely hard decision. Te Rito Maioha has a fantastic community of pouako (lecturers), who help students achieve their full potential through whanaungatanga (strong relationships), kotahitanga (working in collaboration), and manaakitanga (showing hospitality).
‘Through Te Rito Maioha, there is an emphasis on te Ao Maori, te reo Maori me nga tikanga Maori.
‘By learning and teaching through a bicultural lens, I have been given the opportunity to re-learn my whakapapa (family background) and strengthen my confidence in a group environment through the opportunity to speak for my group of students.’