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Two Outstanding Teachers Strike Silver As They Strive For Gold

posted Jun 28, 2016, 5:52 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 5:52 AM ]
Sharon Crowe, has been presented with a Silver Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, and Bill Lynn, the Silver Award for Lifetime Achievement at special ceremonies at their respective academies in Hampshire and South Yorkshire.

The Silver Awards were two of just fifty ceremonies held in schools and colleges across the United Kingdom to reward local heroes in education who will compete at the Pearson Teaching Awards in London in October. Titled 'Britain's Classroom Heroes,' ten of the Silver Award winners will be presented with a Gold Plato Award at the glittering event which will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

"Sharon's energy, enthusiasm and commitment to professional learning is second to none," said Karen Godsall, Principal at New Forest Academy. "On every level, Sharon displays commitment, integrity and investment in the people around her. She is a very personable colleague who believes wholeheartedly in the power of education to transform the lives of young people."

Sharon Crowe is Head of Science at the Holbury based academy near Southampton. Mrs Godsall added: "Sharon's relentless focus on high quality learning for all students make her a true ambassador for the teaching profession."

Despite ‘retiring’ six years ago after a 36 year career in schools, Bill Lynn truly remains one of the greatest ever teachers at Firth Park Academy in Sheffield. Principal Dean Jones, said: "Bill is loved and respected by students, staff and parents - many of whom are Bill’s former students- alike. Tens of thousands of students have left schools having achieved beyond expectations as a direct result of Bill’s inspirational teaching."

Over his career he has been Head of English, Assistant Headteacher, Head of PSE and for many years a Head of Year. His career is one demonstrating fusion between a pastoral and academic focus, leading to tremendous achievement for generatio
ns of students as a result of his teaching and leadership.

Sharon Crowe will be one of nine secondary teachers competing in her category for the Gold Award and Bill Lynn will be one of just four. We congratulate them on their outstanding achievements and wish them every success at London's Guildhall on 23 October. AET teachers have a remarkable record in the Pearson Teaching Awards having won four Gold Plato Awards in the past five years.