Award humbles teacher
Tuesday was better than usual for Levin School teacher Jeanette Wilson.
She discovered she was one of 10 teachers in New Zealand officially recognised for their contribution to education and going above and beyond the call of duty.
Mrs Wilson was acknowledged in the 'A Day Made Better' programme run by OfficeMax. Education general manager Suzanne Flannagan said it rewarded teachers known for their dedication, passion and enthusiasm.
She said Mrs Wilson inspired her students and colleagues.
Having taught at Levin School since 1997, Mrs Wilson was also the school's deputy principal, maths professional development leader, literacy leader and ran a programme encouraging parents to read with their children. She also coached netball, organised swimming and was involved in other extra-curricular activities for pupils.
Mrs Wilson said she was overwhelmed and humbled by the award.
"There are so many other deserving recipients out there.
"As teachers we just do the best that we can everyday because we adore our students and are keen to make a difference.
"We're passionate about making a difference in young learners' lives. And, the job is really rewarding. There's not a day where I wake up and don't want to go to school."
Principal Colin Offord said some students start school in Mrs Wilson's class with little English-speaking skills.
"The progress they make in their first year at school is phenomenal," he said.
"She focuses her programmes to meet the needs of all students, setting individual goals. Coupled with her high expectations, the encouraging and positive class climate and empathy results in a class of students who want to learn."