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Inspirational Maths Teacher at The Totteridge Academy Honoured

Inspirational Maths Teacher at The Totteridge Academy Honoured

Sammy Kempner has won a Silver Award in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2020, in the category of ‘Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School’. Sammy’s award is the latest in several national awards for The Totteridge Academy’s maths department.

Students and staff at The Totteridge Academy in Barnet have been celebrating one of their own – maths teacher Sammy Kempner – becoming one of just 76 Silver Award winners across the country in this year’s Pearson Teaching Awards.  

Selected from thousands of nominations, Sammy was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School for his outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the young people he works with every day.  

Sammy was nominated for the award in recognition of being an exceptional practitioner in a department of exceptional maths teachers – a department which itself has already received national award success. 

Sammy’s colleagues described him as a humble teacher who focuses on prioritising the classroom and the progress of his students above all else. Alongside his teaching practice, he is a very active member of the school community including delivering sports coaching, tutoring and mentoring trainee teachers.
Sammy is now in the running for one of just 14 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country. 

Chris Fairbairn, Principal of The Totteridge Academy, said:  
“Sammy is a brilliant teacher, colleague and role model and really does deserve to be recognised for his contribution to our academy. He is relentless in his efforts to get the best out of his students and is known for his innovative approach and outstanding lessons. This is reflected not only in the outcomes his students achieve but how much they enjoy their maths work and take pride in the skills they are developing. We all wish him the very best of luck for the Gold Awards later in the year.” 

Sammy Kempner said of his award: 
“It is an honour to have won such a prestigious award and I would like to thank The Totteridge Academy for helping transform my teaching since I joined the school three years ago. I am particularly indebted to my colleagues in the maths department, who inspire me to be better every single day. I would also like to say how proud I am to work at a school where the students take such pride in their work and are so actively engaged in their maths learning – it is a pleasure to teach them.”

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:   
“Over the past year, we have, all of us, come to appreciate and respect the value of teachers. They have so often been taken for granted. Not any more. Parents know now what it takes to teach, and teach well, and how much commitment, dedication and enthusiasm and knowledge and understanding, yes – and patience.  
“Children know it too, if they didn’t before. So many missed their teachers as well as their friends. We all honour them today. Let’s now praise them, wish them well and above all, thank them.” 

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said:  
“Congratulations to all of our Silver Award winners for their commitment, dedication and passion for their work. Despite the incredible challenges they have faced over the past few months, school staff have risen to the occasion time and again.  
“It is so important to recognise and celebrate teachers, teaching assistants and lecturers for the impact they have on our young people every year, and that is why Pearson is delighted to support these Awards.” 

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: 
“My warmest congratulations go to all this year’s silver award winners. They should be proud to receive this recognition of their commitment to the profession, and the outstanding education and guidance they provide for their students. 
“Teachers and school staff up and down the country consistently go above and beyond for their students, and this is especially true over the past few months. It is down to their hard work that schools have been able to open their gates to all pupils again for the start of the new term, and I cannot say thank you enough for everything they have done.” 

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