Three SET members are in the running for the Teacher of the Year award for the Tes FE Awards 2020.
Mandy Gutsell, Cheryl Hall and Eleanor Turner, have all been nominated for the prestigious award.
Cheryl Hall, who teaches Health and Social Care at North Hertfordshire College, has been shortlisted for Teacher of the Year. She said: “I am totally honoured to think that my teammates and manager considered and took the time to nominate me. My students are motivated and enthusiastic about any activities I design for them and this makes all the planning time worth it.”
Mandy, who works at Fircroft College of Adult Education delivering courses on Personal Development and Volunteering for Work skills, said:“I feel humbled and privileged. When you have done the work for such a long time and it’s something you do naturally you don’t tend to think about getting awards.
“I also really love the work. I also felt a real validation from my peers who had supported my nomination. I know on one level I have a lot of respect from my colleagues. But this felt like it was that being put in action. Almost like a thank you for my hard work and efforts. If I won, it would mean a massive acknowledgement and recognition for all of my work over the years.”
Eleanor Turner is the Course Leader for Dance at Strode’s College. She said: “It feels very surreal to be nominated for the TES 2020 Teacher of the Year Award, let alone being selected as one of the finalists. It's hard to explain. I think this award is not necessarily about me, it's about the students I work with and the College I work at. I feel very fortunate to teach the students I do; they help me enjoy my subject more and they care and look out for each other.
"They are such wonderful young adults and being able to support them, help them realise how great they are and what they are capable of, is such a privilege. Strode's College has allowed me to be a better teacher, because of the opportunities they have given me and this has developed my confidence in what I can bring to my students. If I were to win this award, it would be a huge 'thank you' that I could give back to Strode's College and all my students over the years."
Martin Reid, Director of SET, said: “We want to congratulate Mandy, Cheryl and Eleanor for being shortlisted for this fantastic award. We are thrilled that their work has been recognised and we wish them all the luck on the night. Whatever the outcome, they are already winners in our eyes.”
Tes FE editor Stephen Exley added: “Making it on to the shortlist is an impressive achievement in itself. We hope you can join us for the awards ceremony to celebrate the life-changing FE sector.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on 20 March. For more information, please visit the official awards website.