proud to teach 5 finalA new campaign to celebrate the commitment, hard work and expertise of teachers has been launched by Northampton College.

‘Proud to Teach’ is being rolled out from April and will be turning the focus firmly on teachers and support staff – who strive to shape and create the leaders of tomorrow.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal at Northampton College, said: “Celebrating student success and achievements has rightly been our focus for many years. Indeed, we run an annual awards ceremony every year to recognise the exceptional achievements of our students.

“This campaign turns the spotlight on to our phenomenal teachers who, of course, are the driving force behind so much of our student success. They teach, motivate, inspire and encourage students to achieve their absolute best and to then move on to higher education or into the career of their dreams.”

Northampton College employs around 500 permanent members of staff and a further 300 who work on a flexible basis.

Proud to Teach will include films, blogs, news stories and an extensive social media campaign, running online, in the media, on Facebook, Instagram and much more.

Teachers being profiled include Lesley Stevens, who is an Advanced Practitioner in Science and Geography and has worked at Northampton College for 27 years. Outside term time Lesley travels and brings her experiences back into the classroom. “A highlight was crossing the Himalayas, from Srinagar to Ladakh via the highest navigable road, which stood at 6,500m,” said Lesley. “I did this to experience the impact altitude sickness has on the body and have used the findings to show students how geography affects physiology and genetic diversity.”

Former senior prison officer Helen Russell is a Public Services lecturer at Northampton College: She said: “Seeing former students working in the sector – as police officers, in the army and navy and even as pilots – is a huge buzz and to know I have been part of this is a real privilege.”

Music lecturer Johnny Mattock is passionate about helping his students perform and work in the music industry. The drummer, guitarist and singer has worked at Northampton College for 17 years and his former students are now working on cruise ships, as full time in sound engineers and on stage.

Course leader Rachel Maughan has been teaching at the college for more than 17 years as part of the School of Arts fashion team. In the last five years she has never achieved lower than a grade 1 (Outstanding) for her teaching and learning observations and students have commented that she is ‘the best teacher’ they have ever had.

Another teacher to be featured in the new Proud to Teach campaign is Curriculum Manager for Engineering Neil Tobin. Neil, who has worked in teaching for 10 years, was a silver award winner in the coveted Pearson ‘Lecturer of the Year’ award and draws on his outstanding links with local employers to secure placements for his students.

Beverley Davies, Assistant Principal of ESOL Foundation and Supported Learning, said: “I’m really proud that we have about 150 young people from all over the world, about half of whom are seeking asylum. The commitment of these young people to their learning, the time and effort they put into their learning is outstanding. I am immensely proud to teach.”

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