"From day one you realise there is something very special about BTI. The teaching staff have an incredible ability to make you feel welcome, respected and most of all 'believed in'. I will be forever grateful that I chose to do my graduate diploma in secondary education at BTI. I would highly recommend BTI to anyone who wants to become the best possible teacher they can be."
Hayden Reid, BTI Alumni
Currently teaching at Tauranga Boys College
Alumnus, Dan Clarke loves his new role as a full-time Physical Education (PE) secondary teacher at Bethlehem College. Andy Bartrum (Bethlehem College PE Teacher) selected Dan for the position based on his previous experience with him and his natural fit with Bethlehem College. “During Dan’s last practicum he really looked like he belonged here and was part of the furniture. His honesty, integrity and willingness to put God first and go along for the ride made it an easy choice. You can see the shine on a good BTI graduate and by choosing one of them we are ensuring the values and beliefs that the school adheres to are coming through in our new teachers.”
"It's an amazing experience! You gain an education, not just a qualification. The community is totally positive and the support and guidance you receive both personally and educationally is immense. I loved it and would do it again!"
Jasmine Bell - Alumnus, Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary
Islay Goldsmith began a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at BTI in early February. Now six weeks into her study, Islay continues this month’s theme by reflecting on her foray into her unexpected new beginning as a teacher in training.
I am a Christian. I am a mother of two gorgeous and hilarious children. I have a degree in psychology and thought that would be a good ‘stay-at-home’ mum’s degree. But my life changed and I am now on my own with my two children, and need to bring home the bacon. For the past two years I have been studying accounting extramurally with Massey – because I thought I’d like to have nice bacon =D But in November of last year while studying for final exams I had a powerful epiphany that instead of being an accountant I could TEACH accounting. It’s more suited to my talents and my need for variety. I moved in faith and everything fell into place to bring me here, where I am now studying a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at BTI.