Four outstanding teachers from Auckland and Northland have been awarded Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarships worth a combined $250,000.
The recipients of the Woolf Fisher Trust funded scholarships are Caroline Chawke, Papatoetoe South School, Papatoetoe; Heather Hardy, Whau Valley School, Whangarei; Jacqueline Tutavake, Henderson South School, Henderson; and Lynne Savage, Tangaroa College, Otara.
In 2010 the Trust donated $1.25 million over five years to create the scholarships. These fund the release of suitably qualified outstanding teachers from Auckland and Northland primary and secondary schools to do a one year full-time masters degree in school-based research and development methods at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre.
Established in 1998 with funds from the Woolf Fisher Trust, the Research Centre is internationally recognised for the development of education and schooling success for diverse communities within New Zealand, with a particular focus on Māori and Pasifika communities.
Professor Stuart McNaughton, Director of the Centre, says the scholarship recipients are teachers with bright futures.
“They are talented and effective teachers who are highly regarded in their schools. They have a strong desire not only to see their students succeed but also to increase their own knowledge.
“The teachers will learn how to use evidence from their schools to design more effective teaching programmes to lift and extend student achievement. This will have major benefits for students and communities,” he says.
Up to four Woolf Fisher Lead Teacher Masters Scholarships will be available each year over the next three years.