Dynamic Teacher Joins ABA

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We would like to welcome a new author to the ABA team – Tina Youngman.

Tina has been teaching for 8 years and has spent the last 6 years at Paeroa College.  She taught Science and Biology from Year 9 to Year 13 and is now the Senior Leader of the Senior School.

Tina is passionate about education and learning, and strives to get the best from each and every one of her students. Tina strongly believes in the power of high expectations, organisation and positive relationships in inspiring successful learners, and these three things underpin her teaching philosophy.

She promotes literacy in her classroom and has spent much time working with students to improve their skills, which has resulted in many successes.

Teaching Awards

Between 2013 and 2014, Tina received three teaching awards that celebrate her dedication and commitment to education. In 2013 she received the Kudos award for the Wintec Secondary Science Teacher/Educator/Communicator of the Year for the Waikato region. In 2014, Tina received the ASG Excellence in Teaching regional award for secondary teaching in the Waikato region and, in addition, she received one of five National Awards for Teaching presented by NEiTA.

Tina’s Background

Tina completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Massey University with a double major in Human Nutrition and Psychology. After completing her degree, she looked for post graduate options and stumbled onto secondary school teaching. She started her post graduate diploma at Massey University Teachers College and on her first practicum at Paeroa College, found in her an absolute desire to teach – she loved it from the first moment she stood in front of the first class and still gets a buzz whenever she is in front of a class.

Tina loves to create resources and diverse activities to get the most out of her students. She found that variety in the classroom builds the best understanding and has the highest engagement. Tina aims to get each and every one of her students amped about science (excuse the pun) and build in them a desire to carry on with science beyond her lessons and outside of school. She is constantly trying to find and develop resources that fit the curriculum but also get the best out of her students and allow them to have some fun while learning.

Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and numeracy skills are vitally important to being able to participate in science (and all other areas of education and life in general). As teachers, we all have a responsibility to assist our students to build on these skills and by using the medium of science, Tina has been able to create some interesting activities and articles that push students and help to build their skills. All teachers love it when one of their students suddenly understands something or gets really excited about their learning and this is what gets Tina motivated to do her best and provide engaging learning activities.

NEW Junior Science Workbooks

ABA approached Tina about writing some junior science resources.  Tina jumped at the chance to be able to share her ideas and skills with other science teachers providing a set of resources to meet the needs of all students in all schools. She is designing the workbooks with students in mind and her aim is for these to be exciting, student friendly and engaging. They will appeal to young people, be easy to use (for both student and teacher), allow more time for the nitty gritty stuff (such as investigating and experimenting) and will give students a solid basis for NCEA sciences.

You will be able to view a selection of Tina’s new Junior Science workbooks at the upcoming SciCon in July as well as on our website in Term 3.