Alumni Profiles

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

Alumna's project aims to help athletes achieve their dreams
Hayley Gilchrist knows how difficult it can be to achieve sporting success when you don't have the funding and resources to support you. The sport and leisure studies graduate, who has competed nationally in hurdling and athletics, has set up a Pledge Me page to raise funds for a project to provide athlete testing services for profiling purposes.

No place she would rather be
Sarah Rolton is a co-ordinator and co-owner of successful Hamilton home-based childcare service Family Matters.

Masters graduate passionate about Māori education
Masters graduate and secondary school teacher William Flavell continues to seize opportunities, recently attending the United States-New Zealand Pacific Partnership Forum in Washington DC.

Sport and Leisure alumna's empowering new career
Sport and leisure studies graduate Kelsey Lynam is the programmes coordinator for Hamilton's YWCA, a role that focuses on the continued empowerment of girls and women in the community.

Career change paying off for new teacher
British-born Eve Petcher followed her family into the UK film industry, working as a production coordinator, before realising her passion was teaching. Now she's a full-time primary school teacher and hasn't looked back.

Three generations of teachers from Waikato
Secondary school teacher Paul Ardern is a proud third generation graduate from the University of Waikato's Faculty of Education - his grandfather was in the first graduating class of 1967.

Rewarding roles for Sport and Leisure alumnus
Having completed a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies degree at the University of Waikato, James now undertakes a variety of roles in the health sector: personal training, gym instructing, and working with the Stewart Centre helping people with brain injuries.

First Vietnamese PhD graduate for Faculty of Education
Loi Nguyen is the Faculty of Education's first PhD graduate from Vietnam. His four-year journey is remarkable considering English is his second language and he had to endure months away from his family and home.

Dean completes full cycle
Professor Roger Moltzen, recipient of a Prime Minister's Supreme Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award, was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education in 2011. He now leads the faculty where he first began his education career as a teacher in the 60s.

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