High­est rec­om­men­da­tion a teacher could hope for

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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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.”

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