Wellington Faculty of Education’s high-achieving graduates celebrated

The Wellington Faculty of Education hosted its annual Teacher Education Excellence Awards ceremony in the Hunter Council Chamber on Wednesday 19 May.

Back row (l-r): Noeleen Williamson, Pam Berry, Joshua Allen*, Brogan Knauf* Middle row (l-r): Joseph Cassar*, Nicholas Masters*, David Cadman*, Sobhanya Kim*, Emma Gardenier*, Delwyn Le Quesne*, Yasmine Vosper*, Kimberley Bellas*, Sophia Reid*, Georgia Scapens*, Briar Smith-Waddell*, Dr Linda Hogg, Dr Vicki Thorpe, Nichola Voice* Front row (l-r): Dr Mary Jane Shuker, Pine Southon, John McLean, Dr Hiria McRae, Prof Stephen Dobson, Sharon Coulton, Prof Jennifer Windsor, Erica McLean, Lesley Hoskin, CEO, Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, Nicholas Pole, CEO, Education Review Office, Dr Gillian Hubbard, Dr Linda Bonne *Award Winner
Back row (l-r): Noeleen Williamson, Pam Berry, Joshua Allen*, Brogan Knauf* Middle row (l-r): Joseph Cassar*, Nicholas Masters*, David Cadman*, Sobhanya Kim*, Emma Gardenier*, Delwyn Le Quesne*, Yasmine Vosper*, Kimberley Bellas*, Sophia Reid*, Georgia Scapens*, Briar Smith-Waddell*, Dr Linda Hogg, Dr Vicki Thorpe, Nichola Voice* Front row (l-r): Dr Mary Jane Shuker, Pine Southon, John McLean, Dr Hiria McRae, Prof Stephen Dobson, Sharon Coulton, Prof Jennifer Windsor, Erica McLean, Lesley Hoskin, CEO, Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, Nicholas Pole, CEO, Education Review Office, Dr Gillian Hubbard, Dr Linda Bonne *Award Winner

The ceremony provided an opportunity for faculty and university colleagues, advisory committee members, principals, associate and mentor teachers, and friends and family to celebrate the Faculty’s 23 highest-achieving graduands, who excelled in their academic and practicum programmes completed in 2020. Thirteen of the recipients attended the ceremony, and those who were unable to attend were given the opportunity to attend via a livestream link.

The Faculty was fortunate to have Sharon Coulton, longstanding supporter of the Faculty’s Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee and newly appointed manager of professional responsibility at the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, as the guest speaker.

Erica McLean, the donor of the Ilse B Steinberger Prize in Primary Teaching, was also in attendance. The prize was created in memory of Erica’s mother, who came late to the profession and was a gifted teacher. Erica was accompanied by her husband, John. The pair are based in New York and come to New Zealand for part of the year, and would normally miss this event, but have had an extended stay in the country due to COVID-19.