Search For New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teachers Begins

Press Release – Warehouse Stationary

Hard working New Zealand teachers will be recognised and rewarded for their efforts to go the extra mile under a new awards scheme launched today.Search For New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teachers Begins

Hard working New Zealand teachers will be recognised and rewarded for their efforts to go the extra mile under a new awards scheme launched today.

Warehouse Stationery is giving New Zealanders the chance to say thanks to those teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to make learning-time a rich and rewarding experience.

30 nominated teachers will share in $30,000 worth of classroom supplies from Warehouse Stationery, with one of the thirty winning a grand prize including a $5000 holiday and the title of New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher 2011.

“We conducted a survey of over 300 New Zealand teachers nationwide and the results were quite remarkable”, says Warehouse Stationery spokesperson Anna Campbell.

“We all know of teachers who go the extra mile for the good of their students, offering their personal time, and even their own funds. They deserve to be recognised so we’ve launched these awards, complementing our Support Your Schools programme, to find New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teachers whether they are primary, intermediate or secondary.”

The survey showed:

* at least 57% of teachers work an extra 10-20 hours a week or more and 64% of teachers often work weekends – including extracurricular activities such as musical productions, sports coaching, cultural groups and community events

* 71% of teachers are spending their own money on classroom supplies and 20% spend their own money on breakfast or lunch for needy students

“What was most notable, though, was their willingness and generosity. They saw it as a vital part of their teaching, to help make school a fun place to be” says Campbell. “It is our hope that these awards will go some way to thanking our dedicated teachers for making school a great place to be.”

Passionate about the development and learning opportunities of children herself, Campbell says judges will be looking for teachers who have a passion for the profession and their pupils.

“Nominated teachers should be committed to the learning process, going beyond in terms of time or resources. The best teachers are inspirational and do things in an engaging way to help make the school experience the best it can be and they will often show innovation in the learning environment to make learning more rewarding.”

Nominating a teacher is easy. Simply visit www.nzinspiringteachers.co.nz before Friday 11th November to find out more.

One nominator of the winning teacher will win a 2 Degrees Android smart phone. The 30 New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teachers will be announced late November.

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