In­spir­ing teacher hon­oured

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

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.

Photo: SAM DUFF

Fun first: Dis­cov­ery School teacher Sara Watchorn, cen­tre, has been dis­tin­guished in an in­spir­ing teacher award.

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