The winners of the second Essex Teaching Awards have been revealed by Essex County Council with AET academy staff topping two of the 12 categories.
Congratulations to Maltings Academy's Laura Dowsett, winner of the Teaching Assistant Award who is 'an inspiration, a role model for everyone in the (Witham secondary) school who provides consistency and trust for disaffected students, dedicating her own time to enabling them to access the curriculum and believe they can achieve.'
Laura's sister Helen works in the AET Finance Team and her mother, Beverley, was the former Director of Finance.
Tendring Technology College's Steve Lever won the honours in the Student Choice Awards; a new category for students and young people to nominate their own personal winners. Steve is described as 'kind, caring and incredibly trustworthy, and has helped so many students to be more comfortable within themselves, feel happy about what they are doing with their lives and to have led them in the right direction.'
Both academies have proud records as recent winners in the top teaching competitions. Richard Rodd of Tendring Technology College won the national History Teacher of the Year Award in 2011 and Claire Baldwin of Maltings gained the national Teaching Assistant of the Year Award in 2013.
Special mention also to Ed Seagar from Clacton Coastal Academy who achieved Highly Commended in the Student Choice Award (Secondary).
Laura's Principal, John Szynal, was Highly Commended in the Secondary Head Teacher of the Year Award.
Laura and Steve both now go forward to the regional finals of the Pearson Teaching Awards.