Highest recommendation a teacher could hope for
a teacher, although OFSTED results and league tables are an official way of judging your success, surely the most heart-warming praise must be come from your pupils. If so, Kelly Stephens from Dogsthorpe Junior School has every reason to feel proud of herself, as her pupils hold her in very high regard indeed.
Two of her pupils have nominated Kelly for the Outstanding Teacher Award. On their nomination form, Sinead
Rayner and Lauren Saunders, who are both 11, said: “She’s been our teacher for two years and she is just a brilliant teacher in everything.”
Lauren added: “She’s a lovely lady. She always lets us help her out, she never says no. She’s a kind lady and she’s really funny.”
Sinead said: “She’s a really good teacher, she makes all the lessons fun, she tries not to make it boring. She’s really generous and kind in all the things she does.”
Kelly (28) has been teaching for seven years, and has been at Dogsthorpe since she began her career.
She has a class of 31, and takes them for all subjects, including maths, English, music, science and French.
Kelly became a teacher because she loves working with children and seeing them learn. Even from the outset, she knew what her approach to teaching would be.
“I just wanted to be a caring teacher, a fun teacher, a teacher the children feel they can trust and talk to,” she said. “The teachers I remember from my primary school were like that, they were ones I could talk to and felt understood me.”
Kelly was chuffed to bits by her nomination for the award.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed because I didn’t know anything about it,” she said.
“It’s really exciting. I’m leaving the school this year and I’ve had this class for two years and it’s really nice because I’ve made a real bond with them.”