Life long learner, leader
Lorraine Stiles is a hard working teacher who has dedicated her life to moulding young minds.
Mrs Stiles started her teaching career in Australia where she met her Kiwi husband John.
On her arrival in New Zealand, she taught at high schools in Auckland before moving to Matamata where she joined the staff at Matamata Intermediate School.
The current deputy principal and curriculum leader at Matamata Intermediate is so well regarded that she recently received a prestigious Technology Education New Zealand national technology education award for subject leadership in technology education.
Forever humble in her achievements, Mrs Stiles said she had no idea that she was being given the award and was absolutely blown away.
‘‘I’ve been very privileged to work with amazing educators. I believe you are only as good as the people you work with,’’ Mrs Stiles said.
‘‘Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would receive something like this. This is testament to the fact that I have had amazing support and have been allowed to do my own thing.’’
Mrs Stiles’ list of achievements is endless.
She is a dedicated and passionate teacher of technology. She is also head of technology and information technology at Matamata Intermediate and sees it as a vehicle to challenge students to become life long learners.
She has also instilled her passion for technology in fellow teachers at the school and is regularly asked to lecture at Waikato University to trainee teachers.
Principal Marion Henriksen said Mrs Stiles was an outstanding role model of a life long learner. ‘‘Lorraine is not the type of person who blows her own trumpet. Any initiatives have been embraced, thoroughly understood, delivered and challenged where necessary always with the good of our school, students and community in mind,’’ Ms Henriksen said.
‘‘She is one of the most professional teachers I have had the privilege of working with.’’
Outstanding: Lorraine Stiles was given a Technology Education New Zealand National Technology Education Award for subject leadership in technology education.
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