Posted by NZ Herald
on 1 March 2019
(Photo: John Paul College's Paulene Walsh was given a National Excellence in Teaching Award. Photo / Stephen Parker)
Even when acknowledged on a national level, John Paul College teacher Paulene Walsh is still helping others.
Walsh was given a National Excellence in Teaching Award at a ceremony in Wellington this evening for her work in the school and community.
She was originally nominated for a regional award by the community and won that, making her a national award finalist.
Walsh teaches English, religious studies and is also the learning support co-ordinator working with students with extra needs. She also works in community education.
I was delighted to win, especially for my school and my community and for my learning support team. They are the unsung heroes of the education system."
Walsh won $5000 for her work to be used on any project she wanted and she planned to put it right back into community education.
"I do that outside of school hours and inside as well, working with positive parenting.
"My money will go back into my community in whatever way I can."