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An award-winning former student is getting close to her dream of tutoring business classes at NorthTec.
Eloise Neeley, from Kiripaka near Whangarei, has recently completed her Master of Business Studies at Massey University, majoring in Management. She will graduate with distinction, having achieved an A in her thesis and A+ grades for her papers during the 18-month study programme.
Eloise completed her Bachelor of Applied Management programme at the end of 2015, winning the NorthTec Council Award for the best business student at the annual graduation ceremony in March 2016.
On the same day, Eloise discovered that she had won a Master’s Degree Award from the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust, a foundation that assists female students in New Zealand. The scholarship paid for her course fees at Massey.
Eloise, who spent much of her working life in farming, now dreams of coming back to NorthTec as a business tutor, to pass on her passion and knowledge of the subject to other people in Northland.
She is part way to realising that dream, as she is now working as an acting tutor, filling in wherever needed in the business department and running tutorials for international students who are working on their industry projects. She is also teaching a module for the Diploma in Agribusiness, based at NorthTec’s Kerikeri campus.
As well as working with students, Eloise is currently studying towards a teaching qualification, the Level 5 New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching. She aims to go on to gain further academic qualifications in tertiary teaching and has not ruled out doctoral study in the future.
She said: “I intend to keep doing more and going up through the levels to be the best that I can be. My dream is to become a tertiary tutor – that was my original goal for getting my Masters.
“When I was at NorthTec I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I saw the development of the students, including myself, gaining confidence through our abilities and our learning. I thought if I could help others it would be a worthy career to aim for.”
Part of Eloise’s motivation is to help raise educational levels within the Northland region: “Ultimately I think we have a great region and we have got the ability to grow and develop economically. I think offering excellence in education is the key to that development.”
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