New teachers and students
Matamata College’s newest staffing recruits can’t wait to begin shaping the young minds that will enter their classrooms. The five new staff members come from a range of backgrounds and will be working in various departments at the college. Teresa Hattan
When left school he first thought about teaching but he says he wasn’t in a studying frame of mind.
‘‘But I’ve always been involved with young people and youth so I guess I’ve always been interested in teaching. I guess it was a good time for change in my life.
‘‘I was in a transitional stage of life. I’d finished doing one job and I’d done a year volunteering with a gap year programme for school leavers, so it was a natural progression to do something that had been an interest for so many years. It was a good way to use what I’d done in the meantime as well.’’
He said the eight years before he went back to study, at Waikato University, certainly weren’t a waste.
‘‘ I could experiences teacher.’’
Allen will be teaching woodwork, metalwork and junior graphics classes. He said he was quite excited about the opportunity to come and teach at Matamata College.
‘‘It’s a nice community to start
put all those towards being a my teaching career. I look forward to meeting students, parents and members of the community.’’
is an experienced teacher having been in the education industry for eight years but she’s new to town after moving from Rotorua.
‘‘I’m looking forward to starting at Matamata College.’’
Hulton will be working in the english department and has a masters degree in education through Otago University and a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning through Canterbury University.
said while at high school a teacher helped her discover who she was and helped her be a critical thinker.
‘‘One teacher really helped me reach that point and she inspired me and helped me find what I was passionate about. I thought if she can do that for me then I want to do that for at least one other person.’’
Chard is from Napier and studied at Victoria University. She has now moved to town with her mum. ‘‘It’s been a big life change but Matamata is such a nice little
NEW STAFF: Matamata College has five new staff members this year. From left, Alison Chester, Catherine Welham, Nikki Hulton, Amber Chard and Ben Allen.