This year was the 15th annual Kent Teacher of the Year Awards. Kent’s best teachers and school support staff have celebrated their achievements at an awards night at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, in Maidstone.
Fifty-four staff and teams representing 49 schools and colleges have been named as district winners in the 2018 Kent Teacher of the Year Awards, 23 were to be crowned best in Kent. A record-breaking 1,200 nominations were made this year.
The event is run annually by the KM Charity Team, celebrating the brightest individuals and teams who are eager to make their institution a success. Colleagues, parents and even pupils were able to nominate anyone who carries out paid or unpaid work in a school.
A panel of judges — including members of Kent County Council, The University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and Social Enterprise Kent, amongst others — have selected winners from the local authority areas. At Canterbury College, Clive Soord, Art & Design Lecturer, was elected a winner in the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.
These awards recognise the contribution teaching, support staff and volunteers make to a successful school or college. The awards were co-hosted by Nicola Everett, News Editor for kmfm and Simon Dolby Chief Executive of the KM Charity Team.
Following the awards dinner, it was announced that Canterbury College’s Clive Soord had become a prestigious prize winner, taking home The Gulbenkian Theatre Arts Award for Inspiring Creativity and Innovation.
A huge congratulations to Clive for the hard work he has put into teaching at Canterbury College that has resulted in winning this award. This is a great way to celebrate Clive’s 31-year career at Canterbury College.
Clive said: “It was lovely to win this award and to be recognised for my teaching. I really enjoy inspiring students and teaching them to create something different. It was also great to be supported by the College Principal, Lucy McLeod, who attended the ceremony as well.”