|Congratulations to Kidsfirst Beckenham Teacher, Helen Peters, one of five Christchurch teachers selected as the regional winners of the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) for 2017...|
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Helen was one of 200 teacher entries, spanning early childhood to secondary school. She says, “I think it’s lovely to have been given an award, especially because the nomination came from our community.”
Running now for 21 years, the awards encourage school community members to nominate:outstanding teachers who were passionate about their job and encouraged their students to reach their full potential.
Helen has been an early childhood teacher for 30 years, 19 of those at Kidsfirst Beckenham. It was her love of children and engaging with them that first inspired her to become a teacher.
She says what she loves most about teaching is, “developing a warm, reciprocal and caring relationship with each child and their whānau.”
“I work to find the interests that can be explored to nurture each child’s own learning journey and to be part of their development into life-long confident and competent learners at Kindergarten and beyond.”
“The excitement of being a part of each child’s growing independence and the development of their interests and learning dispositions maintains my enthusiasm. I share a sense of wonder and fun with the children I teach”.
“I love the challenge of meeting the learning needs of so many unique individuals and seeing them thrive.”
‘‘The nomination and the award has given me quite a boost really, we all work as a team so it’s a wonderful acknowledgement of all of our passion and hard work.”
2017 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Stage 1 Award Recipient: Helen Peters, Kidsfirst Beckenham
Helen’s love of children and engaging with them inspired her to become a teacher.
She enjoys developing a warm, reciprocal and caring relationship with each child and their whanau.
Helen is part of a teaching team of four and along with a supportive community has maintained and constantly enhanced a beautiful natural environment, which allows children to explore the wonders of nature.
Within this environment, Helen fosters children’s gross motor development, imagination, construction skills and dispositions. Through play, Helen nurtures the children’s perseverance to develop new skills and social competencies.
Helen also initiated an early reading scheme where children have a reading folder and can choose and borrow readers to share at home with their families.
Her aim is to meet her students’ individual educational needs and ensure that children ready to go on to the next part of their learning at school are motivated, happy and confident.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.