Date: 1st November 2017
Linda Chong, SMC’s Head of the Centre for Innovation at St Margaret’s College, is an exceptional teacher who has made an impact in her local Christchurch community and has been honoured with ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA). She is one of 18 regional recipients to be awarded the honour—selected from almost 200 community nominations.
Now in its 21st year, ASG NEiTA gives parents, grandparents, school boards and councils and committees of management the opportunity to formally thank and recognise outstanding and dedicated teachers, who are passionate about driving a world class education system and encouraging students to reach their full potential.
ASG NEiTA Chief Executive Officer, John Velegrinis says these educators recognise that ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ which is testament to their dedication and the impact they have on the lives of those they serve in local communities.
“These teachers have an enormous responsibility in shaping and guiding these young people as well as supporting the educational aspirations families have for their children. Their teaching stretches beyond the core curriculum and standardised testing, and they also help children develop the social skills they need to develop into successful adults. Ensuring children have a well-rounded education is something our ASG NEiTA recipients are absolutely passionate about. These teachers are also mentors and the influence they have on young people is remarkable as they learn to appreciate the value of lifelong learning as they navigate their life journeys.”
Teaching was never a career path that Linda consciously planned to pursue. But the love of learning and the joy she gets in helping others has always been a skill she has loved to share. As a change agent, Linda recognises that she takes on challenges with commitment. Co-construction of teaching programmes and innovative technology has enabled her to integrate learning activities that delve deeper into student understanding and engagement.
As Head of the Centre for Innovation at St Margaret’s College, Linda has opened up leadership opportunities for students to peer facilitate, build self-confidence and knowledge and find passion for learning through technology. She has introduced students to a range of technology tools to help with learning and connection the global world. Linda gives the students choice and celebrates the ‘geeky stuff’. Empowering her students to be passionate about their impact on this world continues to be Linda’s greatest goal.
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