Rebecca McGrath, 2013 Cohort (English)

Voices - 12 February 2013

With a diverse range of life experiences, Rebecca comes to Teach First NZ with a passion to pursue teaching, attracted by the ethos and vision of Teach First NZ.

Rebecca always knew that someday she would be a teacher. Starting as a guitar teacher at twelve years old, she has taught guitar privately, in high schools, and adult night classes. While she did not enter university immediately after high school, Rebecca spent many years working with youth and young people as an early childhood worker, as well as being involved in various local church youth groups, resulting in the completion of an unpaid Youth Ministry internship at Planetshakers City Church Australia with a major in youth work. Following on from this Rebecca returned to university to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English and Media Studies), with the view of becoming a qualified secondary school teacher. In the process of gaining her Bachelor, Rebecca studied English Literature for one year at the University of Edinburgh, and on completion of her degree she also gained a Certificate of Arts in History.

While Rebecca was already intending to pursue teaching, it was the ethos and vision of Teach First NZ that drew her to the programme. As someone who is passionately against discrimination of any kind, it was the opportunity to be part of a team of people deliberately tackling educational inequality in New Zealand that inspired Rebecca to apply and commit to the Teach First NZ programme in 2013.