Congratulates Nelson College for Girls science teacher Sarah Johns on her Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize. Sarah has a close relationship with Cawthron Institute, having spent six months at the Institute as part of a Royal Society Te Apārangi Teaching Fellowship.

During the fellowship Sarah worked with Cawthron Senior Scientist Dr Jonathan Banks. Dr Banks welcomed the award and said, “Sarah is very deserving of the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize.  As part of her Fellowship, we were able to include Sarah as a field researcher on an expedition to Antarctica investigating the food webs in McMurdo Sound.

“Her commitment to education was evident during the trip. From Antarctica, Sarah video conferenced school children in New Zealand and overseas in places such as Hong Kong. She also shared her work through a popular and engaging Facebook page.

“Since the fellowship Sarah has maintained her connections to Cawthron Institute. She regularly sends students for work experience and they show Sarah’s infectious enthusiasm for science.”

Sarah is Head of Junior Science at Nelson College for Girls.