A Co Down woman has been named as one of the UK’s most inspirational teachers, with her achievement recognised on the BBC’S ‘The One Show’.

SERC lecturer Stefanie Campbell

SERC lecturer Stefanie Campbell

Stefanie Campbell from Saintfield, a lecturer at South Eastern Regional College (SERC), Lisburn, won a Pearson National Teaching Gold Award for Digital Innovator of the Year.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Stefanie was recognised as a “force of nature” at school due to her drive to use technology to enhance learning at all levels.

She created one-minute Continuing Professional Development sessions for all staff to learn new skills and become better teachers and has a constant supply of digital innovations to support her colleagues.

This groundwork was essential when the college moved to online teaching in March due to Covid-19, with no delays in learning, and some departments even reporting better engagement online than they had previously had in person.

Stephanie (pictured) said: “The Teaching Awards highlight some of the fantastic teaching happening every single day in classrooms across the UK and it is an honour to be recognised as part of this celebration of teaching.”

Alex Jones, presenter of ‘The One Show’, who announced Stephanie’s award this week, said: “We all know the value of a great teacher, and Stefanie has proven herself to be both outstanding and inspirational. There has never been a more important time to celebrate the hard work that happens in our schools.”

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