Teacher re­warded


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.

Carol Briese­man

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