Immingham’s IT Learning Centre staff win Teacher of the Year Award

Staff from Immingham IT Centre, pictured with Centre Manager, Ed Blanchard (second from right), and their award.

Staff from the Grimsby Institute’s IT Learning Centre in Immingham have been celebrating being named Teacher of the Year in the recent Grimsby Telegraph Community Awards 2014.

Annette Brown, Dawn Short and Jayson Anderson-Jordan were all nominated for the award by learners from the IT Learning Centre, which will is relocating to new premises in Immingham Civic Centre, in a central location in the town centre, in early 2015.

Annette, who has worked at the IT Centre as their Functional Skills Tutor for English, Maths & IT for twelve years, was over the moon with the award. Annette said:

“Even though we made it to the final three nominations we didn’t think we’d win. I was absolutely flabbergasted when our names were called out. We come to work because we like supporting people and it’s really important that we know we’ve been doing something right.”

Jayson used to coach sport to adults and young people, where he discovered his passion for education, and has been teaching for 20 years and the IT Tutor at the Centre for over 14 years. Jayson said:

“Teaching is something I have always felt passionate about. It was quite humbling winning the award, I’ve never won anything before and it’s nice to be recognised – it’s a real team effort.”

Dawn Short, the IT Centre’s Administrator and IT Tutor, has been with the Centre since 1998. Dawn said: “I love teaching because of the individuality of the learners and what we learn from them. It’s lovely to see the reactions of people, no matter what their age or ability is, when they realise they can achieve something they have set out to do. It’s an honour that the learners took the time to nominate us.”

Edmund Blanchard, the Grimsby Institute Group’s Distance Learning and Community Centre Manager, added:

“The team winning this award is an indication of what our Community Learning Centres mean for a huge number of the general public.

It’s great that they’ve been recognised and is an example of how our Learning Centres and staff are respected in our communities.”