• The Award for Excellence in Special Educational Needs
  • The Royal School for the Deaf
  • Derby, Derbyshire

Marie is an excellent role model to deaf children and an inspiring teacher and person. Her lessons are always positive and there is a buzz of excitement in her classroom. Marie takes each new challenge in a positive and constructive way so that all pupils continue to feel valued and expectations are always high. As well as being an outstanding teacher, Marie runs an extra-curricular drama club and leads the deaf choir – which she was a member of herself as a child. She also runs literacy workshops for parents, develops methods to encourage reading and leads the filming of a weekly BSL Newsround video, which allows parents and pupils to know what is happening in school and has viewers all over the world.