Teacher and GAA footballer Rory Kavanagh this week launched a national awards programme honouring primary and secondary school teachers across Ireland, and in doing so invited parents, students and friends to nominate teachers they feel deserve the accolade.
Teacher of the Year Awards 2012 is being spearheaded by www.abcbooks.ie and is sponsored by David McConville Specialist dentistry and will showcase the shining lights that are, our primary and secondary school teachers right across the country.
Speaking at the launch, Rory Kavanagh said ’This awards programme is a great way to publicly acknowledge and honour our hard-working teachers. As teacher myself I understand the dedication and depth of connection that teachers have with their students’.
The programme allows students, colleagues, family members or friends to nominate teaching heroes based on commitment to teaching standards, creativity, innovation, extra curricular activities and rapport with students.
Speaking about his own role as a teacher, Kavanagh said ‘Teaching is such a rewarding profession. What inspires me most is watching my students progress. If I can say that I have made a small difference to them in a positive way, then I feel very rewarded. I would encourage everyone to think about a teacher that they know and if they believe they are deserving of this award they should nominate them.”
Programme organiser Mark Bundschu of abcbooks.ie says, “We deal with teachers daily and have great respect for the job they do. When we realised there wasn’t a national awards programme to honour the great work of our primary and secondary school teachers we decided to take on the mantle. We will ensure the great work of teachers the length and breadth of the country will be publicly documented and congratulated.”
Each person who votes will receive a 10% discount on orthodontic treatment from sponsors of the programme David McConville Orthodontists. Based in Donegal and Sligo, David McConville specialises in all brace treatments (fixed and invisible). “We’re delighted to be partners in this programme. As parents we entrust our children in the care of teachers each and every day and very often we privately thank them for that, but we rarely do so publicly. Therefore, we believed this awards programme will give parents, family members and students a unique opportunity to say a public ‘Thank You’.”
Nominations are now open for the title of Teacher of the Year and will close on 15th June 2012. Entries will be judged based on submissions of 500 words or less on why the nominated teacher should receive the accolade Teacher of the Year 2012, as well as any primary evidence including videos, photos, anecdotes or stories.
As a guide, entries are asked to consider the teacher’s excellence in the following areas:
ability to teach and explain a difficult topic, commitment, creativity, innovation, rapport with students and involvement in extra-curricular activities.
Nominations can be completed on www.abcbooks.ie or you can find out more details on the ABC Books facebook page.
You can call David McConville Specialist Dentistry on 074 97 23506 for details on how to redeem your voucher for 10% off treatment.
Nominate a teacher today!!