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Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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EIT graduate Isaac James is cherished by his team and his little students.

EIT graduate Isaac James is cherished by his team and his little students.

New Zealand needs more males working in education. Isaac James has studied at EIT to become one of these highly sought after role models. The 35-year-old completed a Bachelor in Teaching (Primary) and was one of EIT’s many mature students or second-time-learners.

We spoke with him about his journey to his dream job.

Can you tell us what you did before you started studying?

I worked at a not-for-profit organisation called The Stewart Centre as a Rehabilitation Coordinator. It was a rehab facility for people who’d suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury. 

Why did you choose EIT?

The teaching programme there is very good and it is held in high esteem.

What was the highlight of your time as student?

The people and experiences of being in a variety of schools and learning from other local teachers.

Are you the only teacher in your family?

My mum has been a teacher for 45 years, and a number of my cousins and friends are teachers also.

Was it easy to find a job?

It was actually. I was lucky enough to do my last practicum at Eskdale School who offered me a position. About 90% of the students in my year all got jobs.

Can you describe the best thing about your work?

The people, both my colleagues and of course the students.

What are you doing in your spare time?

If not more school work then sleeping/resting, it’s a pretty tiring profession. Otherwise spending time with friends, playing football or going on hikes around the Bay.

What are your little pleasures in life?

Cuddles with my cat Barty. Sunrises over the ocean. Seeing students achieving their goals. Friday night takeaways.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I’m a pretty big geek, especially for Dr Who and Star Wars.

What are your goals or plans for the future?

Professionally I’d like to continue to grow and develop as a teacher. I want to be a senior team member and at management level one day. A leader in the profession.

Personally, I need to learn how to cook more desserts. Plus I’d like to do a full Ironman one day.