A lifetime of early childhood educational advocacy was recognised recently when Patrick Boyle received a NEiTA Foundation National Award for Excellence in Teaching.
This month children and teaching colleagues acknowledged the success of the Clyde Street Kindergarten teacher when he was presented with a NEiTA Foundation Crystal Apple, and an ASG Education Programs Professional Development Grant of $5000 by NZ School Trustees Association president Lorraine Kerr.
Mr Boyle began his teaching career later than most.
He was already a grandfather with 30 years experience in business.
After completing his teaching degree with Early Childhood as his specialty, he first taught at Kindercare Learning Centre in Kohimaramara, Auckland.
Two and a-half years later, and after a family move to Rotorua, Patrick taught at Rotorua East Kinder- garten. The judges felt that Mr Boyle has developed many insights into the way children engage with their world.
He is also one of 10 teachers and leaders at early childhood centres, and schools from throughout New Zealand to be presented with NEiTA Foundation national awards and professional development grants recently.
He also plans to use his ASG Education Programs $5000 professional development grant to set up an interactive website for early childhood education providers and teaching peers that will feature the childinitiated projects he has been involved with during his four years as a kindergarten teacher.
The site will outline how the projects emerged, materials and resources used, creative design ideas, curriculum domains covered, theoretical support and links, family involvement, photos and sketches.
AWARDED: Central North Island Kindergarten Association’s Clyde Street Kindergarten employees, from left, Lisa Teokotai, Patrick Boyle, Puroku Hall and Renee Tangimataiti.