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Ms Radman would like to go cycling in Europe.
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Friday Five

Nayland College Official —

Art teacher and keen cyclist Tania Radman is in focus for this edition of Friday Five.

How long have you been teaching and how long have you been at Nayland College?

I went to Teachers' College in Christchurch in 1994 and then taught at a couple of schools in Wellington. I also worked at the City Gallery, guiding school groups for large exhibitions.I moved to Nelson in 2000 and I have been teaching at Nayland for 17 years - crikey that's a long time!

What are your passions and areas of expertise?

I studied painting at university but I'm also interested in photography and film.  

I'm particularly fond of alternative music from the 80's which I enjoy subjecting my students to on a Friday afternoon.

I love cycling and have recently moved from road cycling to mountain biking.

I enjoy knitting but I'm not particularly good at it.

I'm slightly obsessive about fitness and healthy eating.

I don't think I'm at expert at any of those things but am always striving to be better at them.

I'm passionate about my Dr Martens and my new MTB bike.

Who has inspired you on your own learning journey?

Many many different people: friends, work colleagues, students, lecturers and family.

Last year it was Lara Hania who takes the staff for Te Reo.

This year its George Bennett, a Nelson cyclist who finished the Tour de France after crashing twice and rode in a support role for his team mate who got 3rd overall.

What is your favorite thing about the school?

Dress up days.

Relationships with students, discussing ideas about their work and also music, TV shows and films.

Camaraderie among the staff and discussing politics, cycling and many other things in the staff room.

My art room where the cool kids hang out and I also get to display the artwork that they've spent all year working away at.

The performances by the choir and Kapa Haka group.

Sorry that's more than one thing, it's the people - tangata, tangata, tangata.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I want to get better at mountain biking so I don't fall off.

I want to travel to places in Europe that I haven't been to: Prague, Vienna, Moscow, Berlin.

I want to ride the Eurovelo route which goes from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. It travels through 10 countries and follows three of Europe's major rivers.