Teacher is top 3 out of 24,000

Monday 29 April 2013

Fisheries tutor

Claire Baker of Biggleswade, a teacher at Shuttleworth College, joins a shortlist of just 3 finalists for a national teaching award that has seen a record 24,000 nominations this year.

The PearsonTeaching Awards, founded by Lord Puttman, CBE, focuses on exceptional and inspired teaching professionals who are the stars of education. This national award puts the spotlight on headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and schools teams from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Claire discovered a fascination for fisheries and was inspired to teach whilst studying at Shuttleworth College for a National Diploma in Animal Management.  Work experience in aquatics retail made Claire realise that this was the area she wanted to specialise in and she went on to gain a degree in Animal Science and joined the teaching team at Shuttleworth College six years ago.

Talking about her nomination for this award, Claire said:

“I was delighted to be nominated for this prestigious award.  It is an immense compliment.  I am particularly proud after returning to teaching after maternity leave last year. 

“This is a beautiful place to work and as a small department we support each other and there is a real family environment.

“For me excellence in teaching means understanding each student’s needs and making sure you meet them.  It is about coaching rather than dictating to students and playing a supportive role.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when leaving school but am so glad I came to study at Shuttleworth College and that I discovered fisheries.

“Studying fisheries, animal care and countryside at Shuttleworth College gives students the opportunity to benefit from the amazing resources we have here and our strong working links with industry in the UK and Europe.  Students are given a platform to shine to employers and studying here opens the doors to a wide variety of careers worldwide.”

Fisheries tutor and Bronwen

Bronwen Bray (Assistant Director of Land and Environment) added:

“Claire is an inspirational teacher and the Teaching Award nomination is a fantastic way of showing how much Claire has supported the college and recognises her innovative teaching.

“We are delighted with Claire’s achievement of being shortlisted as one of only 3 finalists out of an incredible 24,000 nominations for this award.  We know that Claire is an exceptional teacher and it is great that the judges for this Teaching Award have recognised that.  This supports what students, parents and staff have always known – that Claire is a teacher who inspires her students and gives them the opportunity to excel as they launch their careers.”

Student Yasmine Ward, in her final year of studies for a National Diploma in Fisheries Management, said:

“Claire is an inspirational teacher and female role model for the industry.  I am the only female on my course and at first it was nerve-racking. 

“This course has opened up so many options and learning experiences.  I am now considering a career in fisheries teaching – Claire has given me the confidence and inspiration to do that.  She is a truly fantastic teacher.”

The finalists will receive the results when they are announced by the Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, 17 May 2013.

To find out about fisheries at Shuttleworth College click here

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