Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Elena Samson

Featherstone High School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Southall, Middlesex

Elena Samson has a passion for education and she shares this passion in a quiet, diligent and determined way every day. Elena’s dedication can be seen in her daily routine. She runs a breakfast club for students every day. To do this she leaves her house to travel to work at 5am. Her classroom is bright and busy and full of students eager to learn from 7am. She has a positive energy, which cannot fail to impact upon all who come into contact with her. She clearly believes that we can all achieve greatness. As one of her tutees puts it, she “inspires me and my fellow pupils to become better people. I believe this is an amazing characteristic.”