Shaun gives up time for pupils

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By David Broome [email protected]­

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.

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