Five GEMS Education teachers recognised for inspirational workOctober 5, 2017, 7:15 am GMT
GEMS Education celebrated 44 outstanding teachers at the second annual Mariamma Varkey Award for Inspirational and Outstanding Teaching at GEMS
Already recognised with the GEMS Teacher of the Month awards at their respective schools, the finalists were broadly classified under five categories – Most Inspirational Teacher, Early Years Teaching, Primary Years Teaching, Secondary Years Teaching and Special Education Teaching.
The teachers were nominated based on specific criteria – the ability to design and implement inclusive teaching and learning strategies; the use of contemporary knowledge and understanding of curriculum; the ability to maintain high ethical standards and exercise sound judgement; and the ability to identify, initiate and build on opportunities to engage parents/carers in the progress of their children's learning.
Sharon Robertson from GEMS Wellington Primary School won the award for Early Years Teaching while Anthony Riley from GEMS Royal Dubai School received the award in the Primary Years Teaching category. Neez Hashim from Our Own English High School, Fujairah was honoured for 'Secondary Years Teaching' while Suzie Hachez from Cambridge International School - Dubai took home the Special Education Teaching award.
Each of the winners received AED88,080 (US$24,000) as cash prizes along with a citation.
Heather Massaquoi, head of music at Bradenton Prep Academy was named the Most Inspirational Teacher and received a cash prize of AED220,000 ($60,000). She was recognised for being an inspirational role model for students and peers and for her exceptional teaching & learning activities, attitude and values.
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