Nel­son teacher wins top job

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CARLY GOOCH

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

Yvette Krohn-Ish­er­wood has been elected as the pres­i­dent of the New Zealand As­so­ci­a­tion for the Teach­ing of English.

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