Tawa’s Hampton Hill school has an award-winning teacher in its midst.
Carol Brieseman, who is changing the way children learn about science, has won a Science Teacher Fellowship Alumni award from the Royal Society of New Zealand for her work in enhancing science education.
Brieseman completed a Primary Science Teacher Fellowship in 2012, working alongside Niwa ( National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) to learn how oceanographers use science to increase understanding of the world’s oceans.
Since then she has advanced the way science is taught in her school.
Her prize was $10,000, with half going to the school.
She said her time on the fellowship had reignited her love of science.
‘‘I couldn’t wait to get back into the classroom and share,’’ she said.
‘‘ Science fits into all other curriculum areas so well and I love seeing the curiosity, excitement and confidence that comes out of it in students and colleagues alike.’’
She said the award was absolutely incredible, and was the cherry on top of the work she already loved.
Although she had been teaching for more than 20 years, her fellowship experience changed the way she taught, she said.
Hampton Hill principal Kelly Scott sang Brieseman’s praises, and said she had helped elevate the quality of science teaching in the school.
‘‘We are incredibly proud of Carol and her achievements as a leader of science in our school,’’ she said.