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Latter-day Saint Named 'New Zealand's Most Inspiring Teacher'

"A Hamilton intermediate teacher has been crowned New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher from nearly 5000 nominations around the country," Voxy.co.nz reports today.

The report continues: "Maeroa Intermediate’s Melanie Wihongi-Popham has been named the overall winner in a Warehouse Stationery initiative to recognise the hard work of Kiwi teachers, which saw more than 17,000 votes cast by students, parents and families."

"With eight individual nominations, Ms Wihongi-Popham has taken out the title of New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher for ensuring her students get the best possible education while feeling nurtured and cared for in the classroom."

'"Ms Wihongi-Popham needs cloning,' says parent Samantha White, who was one of the people to nominate the hard-working teacher. 'She epitomises what a teacher should be in her every waking moment...I cannot start to adequately paint a picture about how much commitment she has. Melanie embraces diversity and inclusion, has high expectations of all her students and provides such a safe learning environment."'

Read the full article at Voxy.co.nz.

Ms Wihongi-Popham is a member of Hamilton's Grandview Ward (congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Watch a video about Melanie Wihongi-Popham on TVNZ's Seven Sharp.




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