Shaun gives up time for pupils
TEACHER Shaun Mitchell has inspired pupils to national engineering success – with the help of green-powered cars and Lego robots.
In just three years the product design teacher at Endon High School has increased the amount of children taking the subject at GCSE from two to 60.
In that time Shaun’s students reached the national finals of the First Lego League – a science and engineering competition – after winning through regional heats.
In the Bristol final their Lego robot was tasked with negotiating an obstacle course and was edged out in the knockout stages by just half a second. The talented pupils also picked up first prize in engineering firm KMF’S Young Engineers Awards thanks to their green-powered car.
For the inspiring work that Shaun does, he has now been nominated as in the Special Recognition category in Moorlands Heroes Awards.
The 33-year-old, of Longton, said: “I have just been doing what I love to do and that is teaching children.
“It has been an honour to teach them because I honestly think they are geniuses.
“I enjoy watching them work things out and solve problems. “Since we have been building the robots I have seen children come out of their shells and enjoy coming to school.
“I do give up 12 hours of my day, working in breaks and at lunchtime, but honestly the time just flies by.”
Shaun always wanted to become a teacher and he is delighted to be living his dream.
He added: “It has taken me a while to get where I am today and I have worked a number of different jobs but teaching is what I have wanted to do.
“I hope I can carry on teaching and working with the children for as long as I can because it is ace.
“It is an honour to be nominated as a hero and a shock because I have just been doing my job.
“I had some phenomenal teachers who inspired me and I hope I will be one of the teachers the students remember.”
Endon High School teacher Shaun Mitchell.