Source – Cambridge News
Reception teacher Faye Facer from Meadow Primary School has won a silver award and will go through to the national finals in October.
A teaching who has transformed the learning environment has been recognised with a prestigious award.
Faye Facer, reception teacher at Meadow Primary School, in Balsham has been awarded a silver Pearson Teaching Award, and is a national finalist for Teacher of the Year.
Headteacher Nicola Connor surprised Faye on Friday (June 16) by presenting her with the silver award at school.
Faye, originally from Wales, began her teaching career at the school four years ago as a newly-qualified teacher (NQT), and is now Head of Reception.
She is one of just 56 winners selected from thousands of nominations to be recognised in the the UK’s ‘Oscars for Teachers’.
The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, created to recognize the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.
Headteacher Nicola said: “Faye was nominated by one of our parents for the teacher of the year award.
“It has been a really rigorous process. I was asked to complete a lengthy form about Faye.
“After that, on May 5, she was paid a visit by three members of the national teaching awards panel, who observed her teaching, spoke to her, her colleagues, and interviewed some of her current and former pupils. It was an intense day for her!
“I eventually got a phone call from them saying that she had won a silver award, and would therefore be going through to the national finals on October 22, which will be broadcast by the BBC.”
Faye said: “I think more than anything I am absolutely shocked to have got this far. I was stunned when Nicola gave me the news on Friday.
“When I found out I had been nominated it was very overwhelming, but I also feel almost embarrassed because I don’t work any harder than any of the teachers I know.
“The parent who nominated me is also a teacher, and I think she had been watching me teach for quite a while.
“She actually requested that her son be put in my class and was really pleased with the amount of work we have done with him.
“It is really lovely to be nominated, let alone to get this far.
“It is great that people are recognising teachers for doing super things.
“Teaching is not really a career you go in to to get awards. Being recognised is above and beyond my expectations.”
Nicola added: “We are just all immensely proud of Faye. There are thousands of entries every year and it’s a huge achievement.
“She has gone from being a newly-qualified teacher to being fully-fledged and holding her own.
“You can’t compete with her passion and enthusiasm for early years – she is an early years teacher through and through.
“The way she works with children and the way she has transformed the learning environment is amazing.”