‘Patient’ is one word Nayland’s latest addition to the maths department, Ben Crawford, would use to describe both himself and his approach to teaching.
A Canadian native, Mr Crawford, attended teachers’ college in Canterbury after studying for a degree in mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
One of the reasons Mr Crawford decided to pursue teaching was to repay past influential teachers. “A good friend of mine at the time was a retired teacher and he thought just that my patience and my demeanor would be really well suited for teaching.”
A love of maths began before this when he discovered he was naturally good at it at a younger age.
Mr Crawford believes the key contrast between both countries is the sheer size of Canada in comparison to New Zealand.
[Canada’s] “got everything New Zealand has, it’s just on a much bigger scale. You typically can’t drive from the mountains to either coast in a few hours.”
Aside from teaching, Mr Crawford takes leisure in anything that involves the beach and outdoor activities such as mountain biking and squash. He hopes to embark on more kite surfing after being captivated by the sport on a recent trip to Fiji.
One of 3 brothers, Mr Crawford’s siblings have also achieved well in their careers. His older brother works for a major bank while his younger brother works for Toyota.
In his own career, Mr Crawford finds that teaching challenges him positively. He believes teaching students helps him to think young.
He believes in not giving up, even when situations become difficult. “How many times do you have to get on the board before you stay on the board?” he asked.