A 'creative' and 'passionate' teacher at Mount Junior School in York is one of eight shortlisted from thousands in this year’s national Pearson Teaching Awards.
Jan Wilson, who has taught at the school for 26 years and delighted staff, pupils and parents over the years by helping to stage a raft of colourful productions including Oliver and the Lion King, was nominated anonymously in the 'Teacher of the year in a primary school' category.
Her skills in bringing a range of benefits to the school - from outdoor learning to the use of iPads in her classroom - also led to her being singled out and these will now be observed by a judging panel. Silver winners will be announced on 'Thank a Teacher Day' on June 22 and will attend a celebratory tea at the House of Commons.
Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School congratulated Jan on her shortlisting, saying: “I am delighted for Jan. To be selected from the thousands of teachers nominated to the final eight is a fantastic achievement that is thoroughly deserved.
"Jan inspires children, parents and colleagues with her passion and dedication to educating young children. She is a creative person who works tirelessly to provide children with opportunities and experiences in the classroom and beyond. We are looking forward to the judges visiting the School and witnessing Jan’s enthusiasm and dedication in action.”
A parent from The Mount Junior School added: “Jan Wilson is a dedicated, caring and passionate teacher. Her enthusiasm for teaching is reflected every day on the smiling faces of her pupils. We wish her the best of luck at the awards.”
Jan said of the announcement: "It goes without saying that it is an honour to be nominated and to have reached the final eight candidates is a very humbling experience. Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with supportive colleagues who seek to nurture in our pupils that greatest and most powerful of things: an enthusiastic child with an enquiring mind."
The awards were founded in 1998 by oscar-winning film producer and politician Lord Puttnam and recognise the impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach. The ultimate winners of each category will receive a gold Plato award, known as the Oscars for teachers, in London this autumn.