Ex­cel­lence award is recog­ni­tion for kindy work

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

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.

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