Life long learner, leader

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

A reader snapped this shot of Maun­gatau­tari from Buck­land Rd.

Snowy peaks: Cold Weather: A small amount of snow fell on the Kaimai Range.

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