Teacher recognised for her efforts

Winning praise and accolades was not Viv Norris' goal when she became a teacher.

But Omata School thought otherwise and nominated Norris for OfficeMax's A Day Made Better initiative, which recognises teachers who go the extra mile to help students with their learning.

Norris, one of the 15 national winners, was presented with a $1000 worth of stationery and art supplies on Friday.

"You don't go teaching to get accolades like these. You do it because you love it. This is such a shock," Norris said.

She said she always had her heart set on being a teacher and had taught at Omata for 21 years.

Norris teaches the school's new entrants and the transition into schooling can be quite difficult for five-year-olds.

"You have to make sure they love school and want to come," she said.

The best part of her job was the spontaneity she sees in her students every day.

"You might have taught some amazing lesson and someone would pop their hand up and say: ‘Oh, I just learned to make my bed by myself today', something totally irrelevant to your big lesson. You do get a lot of laughs," Norris said.

Principal Karen Brisco said Norris was always looking for new ways to make learning exciting.

"Viv really stretches the children's learning muscles, as she calls them," Brisco said.

Taranaki Daily News