New teach­ers look for­ward to roles

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate has wel­comed three new teach­ers to its staff this year. Laura Mcleay went to meet them

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With a class full of year 7 stu­dents in room three, it is set to be an ex­cit­ing year for new teacher

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know the stu­dents here and mak­ing learn­ing ex­cit­ing for them,’’ she said.

‘‘I am also re­ally look­ing for­ward to some of the ac­tiv­i­ties we will be do­ing, in­clud­ing cav­ing.’’

The re­cent Waikato Univer­sity grad­u­ate comes from Mt Maun­ganui and spent a year in Europe be­fore study­ing teach­ing.

She said she had al­ready found Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate to be a very friendly and wel­com­ing school. Puke woman

is teach­ing year 8 stu­dents in room seven this year.

Te The en­thu­si­as­tic, highly qual­i­fied teacher has a de­gree in teach­ing with hon­ours in lit­er­acy and a mas­ters in en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion. She is look­ing for­ward to go­ing on camp in two weeks with her class and get­ting to know them a bit bet­ter while there.

Miss Chalmers is very pas­sion­ate about lit­er­acy and hopes to en­cour­age her stu­dents in this area.

‘‘I have a pas­sion for life-long learn­ing and see­ing the stu­dents achieve,’’ she said.

is Mata­mata born and bred and went to Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate as a stu­dent in 2002 and 2003. Nine years later she is back on staff, teach­ing the dig­i­tally en­hanced learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment class which means each stu­dent uses a lap­top for their daily class­room work.

‘‘I en­joy this class be­cause it opens a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the stu­dents and the lap­tops keep them en­gaged be­cause they are ex­cited about learn­ing,’’ she said. ‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting in­volved, go­ing on school camps and tak­ing part in sport here.’’

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