A Mount Maunganui teacher will head back to university next year as the winner of a well sought-after and world-renowned education reward. Education reporter Caroline Fleming sat down with Michelle Ballard to learn a bit more about her journey ahead.

A top Mount Maunganui teacher will ditch the classroom next year to live the life of a university student in the United States, but not for the sorority houses or frat parties. Instead, as the winner of a top international award.

Mount Maunganui College science teacher and deputy principal Michelle Ballard has been selected as one of two teachers in

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