Excellence award is recognition for kindy work
A kindergarten teacher will be working to create more leaders in her community with the aid of a national leadership award and grant.
Roskill South Kindergarten head teacher Karen Ramsey was presented with the $5000 award by the National Excellence in Teaching Awards Foundation in a surprise ceremony on Friday.
“It’s quite exciting. The community here is extremely supportive and it’s great recognition that they really value what happens here,” she says.
She was nominated by the community a year ago and found out in March she had won a regional leadership award.
Ms Ramsey was one of 10 teachers and leaders in the education sector to win a national award or professional development grant.
As a contender for the award, she put forward a proposal to develop educational material with the grant money.
Her plan concentrated on building a community with more leaders among children, families, whanau and teachers.
She travels around the country and the world to education conferences and events, sharing the kindy’s teaching methods.
Ms Ramsey says the community has been generous in letting her share the children’s stories and the award is her way of giving something back.
The materials and DVDs produced with the grant money will centre around young children’s learning and how fami- lies and kindergartens can support it.
She has been teaching for 16 years and at Roskill South for the past 11 years.
Her favourite part of the job is working with children and families to help them develop good learning dispositions, she says.
Former kindergarten committee chairwoman Michelle Holmes says nominating Ms Ramsey was easy because of her dedication and passion for teaching.
“She seemed to manage to share her wonderful teaching processes all around the world and still do what she did with our children.”
Mrs Holmes’ three children have attended the kindy and she says Ms Ramsey has had a positive impact on their learning.
“Every child is an individual. To have someone do that at a public kindy is outstanding.”
Ms Ramsey expects to have her material completed by June.
Teaching passion: Roskill South Kindergarten head teacher Karen Ramsey with students Kellen Uri, left, and Eric Zhu.