Nelson teacher wins top job
Garin College’s deputy principal is the new head of a council helping English teachers all over the country.
Elected as the president of the New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English (NZATE), Garin College deputy principal Yvette Krohn-Isherwood said it was a ‘‘huge honour and a quite a prestigious position’’.
The NZATE was formed to support all New Zealand English teachers, to create resources for them and to keep them informed of changes in the curriculum.
Krohn-Isherwood said the council played an important role in connecting with English teachers, ‘‘especially now with the changes in professional learning and development that have happened within NZ.’’
Until last year, she said there were dedicated English facilitators usually employed through a university, but that’s been replaced by funding for communities of learning.
‘‘There’s a huge gap so the subject association now becomes a really important place for English teachers to get information, to get support to build up teams or collaborations in all our regions.’’
Krohn-Isherwood started her English teaching career in South Africa in 1993 before emigrating to Rotorua in 1998.
‘‘Our ultimate aim is really reach every single English teacher in New Zealand and make sure they have somewhere to go to ask advice and to get support from.’’
‘‘Our ultimate aim is really reach every single English teacher in New Zealand.’’
Yvette Krohn-Isherwood has been elected as the president of the New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English.