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Wellington Kindergarten Manager Honoured

Wellington Kindergarten Manager Honoured

Amanda Coulston, the general manager of kindergartens in the Wellington region has today been honoured for her contribution to education.

She was made an Associate of the country’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa at awards ceremony in Wellington.

NZEI Te Riu Roa has 42,000 members and represents teachers and principals in primary schools, teachers in early childhood education centres, support staff in primary and secondary schools, special education staff in primary and secondary schools and advisers in the tertiary sector.

The awards were presented by Bruce Adin, NZEI Te Riu Roa National President, at the opening of the union’s 120th Annual Meeting in Wellington. They are given in recognition of the members contribution to education and the union.

“This award acknowledges a commitment to excellence in education,” says Bruce Adin.

“It is given in recognition for the hard work the member done to support their colleagues and to help the students they work with.”

Amanda Coulston is general manager of the Wellington Region Free Kindergarten.

She proceeded Bruce Adin as National President of NZEI Te Riu Roa. She served for two years and is the youngest member to be elected to the office.

Amanda began her career as a teacher in 1992 at Arakura School in Wainuiomata. She was appointed deputy principal at Pencarrow School in 1996 and principal in 2000.

She was elected onto the NZEI Te Riu Roa National Executive in her first year as a teacher in 1992. She was involved in pay negotiations for primary teachers in 1994, 1997, 1998 and led the team in 1999 when she was elected National Vice President of the union serving for two years before being elected National President.

Amanda was a charismatic leader of the union, a skilled negotiator and dedicated teacher and principal with a particular interest in early childhood, special education and professional development.

NOTE: The awards ceremony is at 1pm Sunday September 21.

It is at the Duxton Hotel, Wellington, in The Ballroom on the 6th floor.

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