Teacher recog­nised

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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.

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