Mr Chan among most in­spir­ing teach­ers in NZ

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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’’.

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