Kids won't skip school because they miss their favourite teacher Mrs Rose
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Learning with Rebecca Rose is all about having fun and that's why she's "everyone's favourite teacher".
Rose, deputy principal of Brookby Primary School, is the Auckland winner of the Favourite Teacher Awards, a partnership between Stuff, TVNZ Breakfast and Matilda, the Musical.
She was nominated by nine-year-old Miles Wilson who is one of her students from room five. Missing a day of school is no longer an option for Miles. "I love that Mrs Rose takes care of everyone in the class … I don't like missing a day of school because then I miss Mrs Rose".
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Miles is the "go-to guy" for everything technology and hopes to run his own computer game company one day.
All the digital learning that takes place in Mrs Rose's class is helping him towards that dream, he says. "Ever since I moved to room five I'm like 'yay, we're going to school'."
Teaching technology is not the only thing Rose is good at. She encourages the students with artwork and physical education everyday.
She also runs a boot camp at the school twice a week for parents and students and sends out motivational emails.
"Mrs Rose is keeping us healthy", Mile says.
Rose has been teaching for 12 years and has been at the rural south Auckland school for six years. Situated between Alfriston, Clevedon and Whitford, it has just over 120 students.
"The kids, first and foremost, inspire me ... they just bring light to your life and the kids keep you young and on your feet," she says.
Rose attended Owairoa Primary School in Howick as a child and remembers Mrs Bull being one of the teachers that inspired her. She carries those memories into the classroom. "There's always that teacher you remember, that makes a huge impact on your life and that's been my goal, to make sure that every kid that I teach has a positive memory of being in my class."
Miles' mum, Kelly, says Mrs Rose has a "knack for discovering what each child is either good at or passionate about".
"I don't know a parent, past or present, that doesn't think she is a fantastic teacher."
FAVOURITE TEACHER AWARDS REGIONAL WINNERS
Northland: Jenny Bassett
Auckland: Bex Rose
Bay of Plenty: Scott Feisst
Waikato: Richard Lloyd
Hawkes Bay/East Cape: Janene Maloney
Taranaki: Sue Gunn
Manawatu/Whanganui: Heidi Lutz
Wellington: Matt Johnston
Nelson: Trina Wilkinson
Marlborough: Robyn Anderson
Canterbury/West Coast: Carmen Street
South Canterbury/Otago: Di Anderson
Southland: Elaine Forde
- Sunday Star Times