16 Aug 2017

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Health and Physical Education teacher Mallory Bish has recently won the Outstanding New Professional award at the National Physical Education Conference, held over three days from 10 July. 

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This award is presented annually to a teacher who is new to the role yet has made significant contributions to the Physical Education of young people in New Zealand.

After working at the College for just two years, Mallory has demonstrated her commitment to education through taking up many professional development offers available. These have included a graduate mentoring programme, scholarship workshop and the use of Twitter as a development tool.

Being a second-year teacher Mallory did not think she would be nominated, let alone be awarded the Outstanding New Professional.

 “I was both stunned and honoured to win the award. I have been grateful for the mentoring and support I have received over the past year and a half. I don’t think I would be where I am today without it," she says.

After becoming an active Twitter user, Mallory felt there was a gap in this network for new teachers so she developed #NZBTChat. This is a Twitter chat held every fortnight on Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm.

“After using Twitter for Professional Development, a friend and I noticed that most of the chats were suited to more experienced teachers. We decided to create our own chat for beginner teachers to talk about topics we felt were more useful at this stage in our journey.”

You can follow Mallory on twitter here.