Jason Sharma, 2014 Cohort (Mathematics)

Voices - 11 February 2014

Being a Teach First NZ participant not only offers me a viable career option but also the opportunity to go back to the communities I grew up in and make a difference there.

I'd always thought I would join the corporate world after I graduated. But a Teach First NZ presentation struck a different chord with me. While I was growing up in Manurewa, educational inequality was rife. Being a Teach First NZ participant not only offers me a viable career option but also the opportunity to go back to the communities I grew up in and make a difference there.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting the other participants and sharing the learning journey with like-minded people who have similar ambitions, ideas and a common vision. It has been such a privilege to be taught by such incredible lecturers and to tap into their well of knowledge. The variety of their backgrounds and experiences has meant that the knowledge we gain from them is extremely valuable and insightful. I feel like the intensity of the course has really pushed and stretched me. To me, that’s what teaching is all about - you are constantly confronted with challenges you could have never anticipated.

I'm looking forward to discovering who I am as a teacher. I know that I'm going to be a different person and teacher after going through the two years of the Teach First NZ programme.

Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science conjoint from the University of Auckland. He is now teaching Mathematics at Tamaki College.