Mr Chan among most inspiring teachers in NZ
Being acknowledged as an inspiring teacher in a Warehouse Stationery initiative to recognise the contribution that teachers make in the lives of young New Zealanders, came as a shock to Northern Southland College teacher Se Ye Chan. Mr Chan was nominated by former college librarian Raewyn Patton and was one of the total 2800 early childhood, primary and secondary teachers considered for the award around the country. He is the most southern secondary school teacher to receive one of the five runner up awards. Humble about the recognition, Mr Chan said he had worked at Northern Southland College for 17 years and the staff were ‘‘dedicated and committed’’ to helping students. ‘‘I have worked for 17 years with dedicated and committed staff here at NSC whose aim is always to enthuse students. There were awesome comments from teachers, pupils and the community in support of my nomination,’’ he said. His prize includes $1600 worth of equipment from Warehouse Stationery, including a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. ‘‘I am too scared to take the smartphone out of its packet as I don’t know how it works. No doubt the students will be able to help me with my problem,’’ he said. Warehouse Stationery Invercargill manager Tracy Pearce said Mr Chan had been ‘‘so humble’’ about receiving the award and had said ‘‘this must be a joke’’.