A lecturer from Corby has been named as one of the nation’s most inspirational educators after winning a prestigious award.

Steph Lee-Vae, who teaches art and design at Tresham College’s Kettering and Corby campuses, was announced as a winner on BBC One’s The One Show tonight (Wednesday).

Selected from thousands of nominations, Steph won a coveted gold award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for further education lecturer of the year and will be honoured at a ceremony on Saturday (November 26).

Steph said: “As teachers, we don’t expect recognition, we just do our job. Often this includes wearing different hats and going the extra mile.

“To be recognised and honoured with this award, is truly humbling and a huge privilege. Not only is this a reflection of me, but of my team and college, and the community I have grown within.”

The lecturer was nominated for their boundless energy, prolific ideas and ability to network, having driven an extensive list of opportunities for their students. Steph’s courses have a track record of 100 per cent retention and achievement over the past few years and a YouTube channel, set up in lockdown with video tutorials and digital workshops for students to access at their own pace, remains in place in 2022.

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