Irene Megaw, Lecturer at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has been announced as the winner of The Pearson Award for FE Teacher/Lecturer of the Year in Northern Ireland for 2012. Following the judging Irene will now go on to compete for the overall UK award, which will be announced in July.
On winning the award Irene said ‘I’m both surprised and delighted to be given this award, it’s humbling to think that the students thought so much of me that they would nominate me for an award and I would like to sincerely thank them’
Irene teaches on courses including Training for Success (TFS), Steps to Work and other administration programmes. These courses are designed to help young people make the transition from education to employment and to assist the long term unemployed in finding jobs and so they are often a demanding and challenging course to teach.
This year’s awards generated a record number of nominations from 100,000 pupils and parents from across the UK. Irene was nominated by student Roberta Mills, who said,
‘I nominated Irene because she is so supportive and encouraging to all her students, she really brings the best out in all of us. Personally Irene has been a great inspiration to me, and has encouraged me to apply for other courses to improve my skills, it’s great to have someone who believes in me’
The Pearson Teaching Awards are now in their 13th year and give recognition for the unsung heroes of education, including teachers, head teachers and lecturing staff from across the UK
Will Wyatt, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust adds: “No one ever forgets a good teacher. They provide guidance to help their pupils reach their potential, set them on the right path or steer them from going down the wrong one. If you ask a current or former pupil to name their favourite teacher, almost all will have fond memories to share and it is this which the Pearson Teaching Awards champions.
Irene will now travel to London in July to collect her award and also find out if she has been successful as the overall winner of her category for the UK.