Inspiring teacher honoured
A Discovery School teacher was flattered and a little embarrassed when she was named an inspiring teacher in a nationwide competition.
Sara Watchorn, 31, was runnerup in the Warehouse Stationery New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher awards last month.
Teachers were judged on enthusiasm, commitment, education and drive.
‘‘It was really flattering, but all our teachers are really amazing,’’ she said.
‘‘The kids inspire me. The kids are at the centre of my job.
‘‘Teachers get busy with everyday life and writing reports.
‘‘It is a crazy world teaching, but we just need to remember why we are here.’’
The key to Mrs Watchorn’s success was having a fun class environment while working hard, she said.
‘‘ I remember loving primary school and I just really want that for all of them. They are a fantastic class.’’
She said her class of 8 to 10-year-olds, room SW, voted for her to win and were excited when she came close.
‘‘We had an assembly and they were all yelling out and going crazy.’’
Mrs Watchorn, a teacher for 10 years, has previously taught in Tawa, Ngaio and at a specialneeds school in England.
Nic Kibblewhite, a Discovery mother and teacher aide, nominated Mrs Watchorn for the award and described her as ‘‘always cheerful and bubbly’’.
‘‘Sara is a wonderful teacher, colleague and person, and there is no teacher more deserving of this award,’’ Ms Kibblewhite said.
‘‘ She is super organised and always prepares exciting, innovative lessons.’’
Despite being at Discovery School for only two years, Mrs Watchorn had involved herself in everything from organising the school choir to putting together a lunch club, Ms Kibblewhite said.
More than 2800 inspiring teachers were nominated by parents and students in the nationwide competition.
Mrs Watchorn won $1600 worth of prizes in the primary school teacher category.
Fun first: Discovery School teacher Sara Watchorn, centre, has been distinguished in an inspiring teacher award.