Esmeralda Salgado
  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Nord Anglia Education)
  • King's Ely
  • Ely, Cambridgeshire

Esmeralda Salgado is Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at King’s Ely and has been teaching languages for 20 years, to students from Key Stage 2 through to Key Stage 5. She is an Advanced Skills Teacher and alongside her role as Head of MFL, has been King’s Ely’s Digital Lead for two years.

Esmeralda was instrumental in helping her colleagues develop the skills to successfully take their teaching online when the pandemic struck in 2020.   Her approach to teaching is reflected by the school’s Digital Learning Strategy and Languages Curriculum and is underpinned by Rosenshine’s principles of instruction and research on second language acquisition.

In her current position and in her previous role as an Advanced Skills Teacher in the Medway Learning Authority, Esmeralda has supported and coached colleagues within MFL and other curriculum areas, especially NQTs and struggling teachers in Medway schools, to help them develop their own teaching and learning strategies and boost their confidence, and as a result, that of their pupils.