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Minister's Tribute To Excellence In Teaching

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today paid tribute to excellence in teaching with the presentation of the AIMHI teachers' awards.

The awards were presented to 11 teachers from AIMHI schools.

"This is the first year of these peer awards. They are about teachers in some of our poorest secondary schools recognising the outstanding service of colleagues," Trevor Mallard said.

"Each year the AIMHI Forum will seek nominations for the award which will be presented at the AIMHI teachers' conference.

"Each occasion where we present awards for excellence creates an opportunity for public, tangible recognition of great successes in New Zealand education."

Teachers made their selection on the following criteria:

 the teacher is recognised by teachers and students within their school as a person who has provided an excellent teaching environment for students for at least five years;
 the teacher has shared their skills and talents with other teachers in AIMHI schools;
 the teacher has shared their skills and talents with other teachers within the school;
 the teacher has significantly improved student achievement in their learning area.

"We will always value excellence," Trevor Mallard said.

"And while not every teacher can be the top teacher, we should always aspire towards a teaching profession in which we can be confident that every teacher is excellent.

"By encouraging teachers to share their talent and experiences, these awards complement that goal," Trevor Mallard said.

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List of recipients attached

Jane Steele - McAuley High School
We acclaim Jane Steele for her well-organised classroom where the aim of the lesson is clearly presented to students. New strategies to improve achievement are always being explored. She has devoted time to rewriting the Year 9 formative and summative assessments and has shared these with her peers. She has the respect of both students and staff as a teacher who is committed, organised, generous, and leads by example. We recognise Jane Steele as an excellent teacher and a teacher of excellence.

Eseta Fuli - Southern Cross Middle School
We recognise Eseta Fuli as a teacher deserving of an AIMHI Award for Excellence in Teaching. As a teacher she has been a very strong supporter of the Abel programme. She introduced Abel strategies into the curriculum and has led staff meetings to reflect on school assessment strategies. A reflective teacher who has focused attention on assessment practices to improve the quality of learning and achievement levels of students. We acclaim Eseta Fuli for her excellence in teaching and dedication to student achievement.

Samuel Pickett - Hillary College
Samuel Picket is a teacher who leads by example. He is organised and his lessons are thoroughly prepared. He establishes high expectations for his students and is generous in giving time to students to achieve these expectations. He has promoted Abel techniques and contributed to AIMHI Workshops. His overall contribution to the lives of students is outstanding. He is supportive of staff and shares 'good classroom practice' with them. A teacher who requires our acclamation as an excellent classroom teacher who takes teaching beyond the classroom.

Christine Lee - Mangere College
Christine Lee is an outstanding teacher. She has established a Career Centre that is innovative. She has developed an Employment Skills programme that has benefited a number of students. She has shown a total commitment to ensuring that students are following the correct learning programmes. She has shown good initiative in upskilling teachers in transition and careers. An. innovative teacher who has shown 'excellence in teaching' and is deserving of recognition.

Sam Bahuguna - De La Salle College
We acclaim Sam Bahuguna as deserving of an 'Excellence in Teaching' Award. His students see him as an excellent teacher because lessons are well structured and organised. He has high expectations of students and challenges the students to accept nothing less than the best. Respected by staff and students because of the generosity he shows through staff support, extra afternoon classes and regular contact with parents. An exceptional teacher who monitors students closely and achieves fine results.

Janne Wallace - Hillary College
Janne Wallace has showed outstanding leadership as the HOD of Social Science. She has been a facilitator of AIMHI workshops and has contributed to Social Science Association meetings. She has high expectations of her students and her classroom is a delightful learning environment. To improve student achievement she has classes after school and at weekends. A member of the BOT reflects her enthusiasm to ensure students at Hillary are given the best opportunity to achieve. Janne is a teacher of excellence deserving our recognition.

Rhonda Eagles-Griffiths - Otahuhu College
A teacher who is recognised as a leading teacher within her College in the mathematics area. She not only has developed programmes in Maths but also has been a key teacher in introducing the Abel techniques and strategies in (his area of the curriculum. Has worked closely with the NSW University on the AIMHI/NSW Maths tests. She is an innovative, hard working and popular teacher who ensures that the delivery to students is quality. She is a Teacher of Excellence.

Trevor Lauten - De La Salle College
An outstanding leader of the Faculty of Languages at the College. A respected teacher who has high expectations of students and his fellow staff. Trevor's classrooms are innovative and a challenging environment. Works closely with staff to achieve the best for students, He is generous with his time with extra classes offered after school and on Saturday. Participated in the AIMHI workshops. A Teacher of excellence deserving of recognition.

Robyn Parkinson - Mangere College
Robyn has run LTL courses for staff and given generous time to support ESOL students. Robyn has given attention to individual students to improve achievement, A person who is totally committed to her school and students and is willing to 'walk the extra mile' to achieve learning improvements. A respected member of staff who we acclaim as deserving of an AIMHI Excellence in Teaching Award.

Leua Tamati - Otahuhu College
Leua Tamati was one of the first teachers of the College who successfully applied the Abel techniques and has mentored this to other teachers. He is well respected for his leadership skills in many areas of College Life. A teacher who insists on high standards. He is well respected by staff and students and is an excellent model for Samoan students, Leua Tamati's talents and dedication is recognised by the AIMHI Excellence in Teaching Award for 2OOO'.

Richie Harris - Tamaki college
Richie is a teacher who is well liked by his students. He is a creative teacher who establishes a non-threatening classroom, environment. Has been a facilitator and organiser of training of the teachers of Social Studies in AIMHI schools. A teacher who has excelled at incorporating Information Technology in his teaching. Richie has always been willing to share his knowledge of IT with fellow staff. We acclaim Richie for his excellent rapport with students and skills in IT.

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