Teacher recognised for big effort
Surrey Park Early Learning Centre teacher Tania Peat said enthusiasm and a supportive work community contributed to her being named "most inspiring teacher" yesterday.
Surrounded by infants and toddlers as she was presented with the certificate, Mrs Peat said she was thrilled to be one of 30 in the country with the title, following a five-week campaign that drew 7000 nominations.
Teachers were chosen for their drive, enthusiasm and creativity - which Mrs Peat said were easy to have when you worked in a supportive environment.
"I love my job and I work with an amazing group of people. Plus I work with infants - who wouldn't love that?"
She was nominated by friend and colleague Shelley McDougall who said Mrs Peat's enthusiasm was displayed in everything she did.
Not only did she give 100 per cent to the children's learning, while studying fulltime, Mrs Peat was a supportive and encouraging team member, she said.
"She constantly reflects on her teaching practice and I don't believe she gives herself enough credit for the amazing job she does."
Mrs Peat, who was the only Southlander to be selected as one of the 30 finalists, received a $1000 prize pack from campaign sponsor Warehouse Stationery.
The grand prize winner was Jan Stevens from Rotary Park School in Dunedin.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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