October 04, 2012
New head for primary union
The new National President of Primary Teachers Union NZEI Te Riu Roa is Judith Nowotarski from Ngati Ruanui, Nga Ruahine, Ngai Tahu me Ngapuhi.
The Hawera kindergarten head teacher is the first person from the early childhood sector to hold the role.
She says teachers and schools need to develop strong relationships with their communities for the good of children’s learning.
Ms Nowatarski says recent government actions, such as not including the community was the education plan for Christchurch, are the opposite of that and point to some of the challenges she expects in her two year term.