In 2011, principals from selected primary and intermediate schools across New Zealand were invited to participate in the inaugural A Day Made Better programme. They were asked to nominate a teacher who they believed had demonstrated extraordinary passion and enthusiasm for teaching, and who had worked creatively to help children's learning beyond the classroom.
From the list of nominees, winning teachers across the country were chosen by an independent judging panel. Each teacher was awarded with $1000 worth of OfficeMax stationery and art and craft supplies for their classroom.
In 2011, we surprised eight teachers across New Zealand.