Do you know a fabulous teacher in your local community who has made a real impact at the grassroots level? If the answer is a resounding ‘yes,’ now is the time to nominate them for the 2017 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA).
Now in its 21st year, ASG NEiTA is one of New Zealand’s only community centred teaching awards where parents, grandparents, student councils or school boards, parent associations or community organisations get to nominate educators for an award.
Nominated teachers, principals and centre directors have the chance of becoming the regional award recipients, with the national award recipients announced early next year.
The national award recipients will be presented with $5000 professional development grants, which can be used to pursue further studies or embark on international study tours. This benefits local communities as the ASG NEiTA recipients share their knowledge and skills with other educators, parents and students to strengthen teaching practices, build relationships and improve student outcomes.
Trades industry teacher David Dobbin from Trident High School (Whakatane) was selected as one of six national ASG NEiTA recipients last year for his hands-on approach to learning and creating individual and authentic learning opportunities for students.
Mr Dobbin says receiving the national award has given him a greater sense of pride and confidence in his own achievements and has directed his future goals.
“For a teacher to learn that they have been nominated for an ASG NEiTA award is an uplifting accolade in itself. Teaching is a tough profession and to have someone independently recognise your efforts and accomplishments in a public way through a professional organisation like ASG NEiTA is a huge compliment and truly energising.
“People at events often introduce me as a 2016 ASG NEiTA award recipient which is a status that I’ve found to have enhanced my credibility. This has resulted in other schools enquiring as to what it is we are doing at Trident High School and asking to come and have a look.”
ASG NEiTA Chief Executive Officer, John Velegrinis, says it’s a wonderful opportunity for local communities to thank teachers for making a real difference in education and for transforming young people’s lives.
“Supporting lifelong education and learning is a mission that we are passionate about and is supported by dedicated teachers like Mr Dobbin who build open and trusting relationships and care about the welfare and future of our children. These outstanding educators see the benefits of holistic education connecting schools, families, businesses and the community to support learning on many levels. It is through innovative strategies and finding scope around the curriculum to maximise student engagement that these inspiring teachers also support the educational aspirations families have for their children."
Nominations for the awards close on 22 June 2017. To nominate go to: www.asg.co.nz/nominate. Teachers can be nominated across early childhood, primary and secondary school categories.