Posted on: Wednesday 2 December 2020
A teacher at Coed Eva Primary School has just won 'Teacher of the Year' at the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2020 which took place on Sunday 29th November.
Stacey Harris, who is a Year 6 teacher at Coed Eva Primary was one of three finalists in the 'Primary School Teacher of the Year' category after being nominated for the award by parents and families for her commitment to learners and families and her passion for teaching and learning.
The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru take place each year and honours the achievements of teachers up and down the country who are championing success in education, and demonstrating the utmost dedication and commitment in the process.
Miss Harris has been teaching at Coed Eva school for the past 10 years, and in that time, has been able to create an inspiring vision for her learners and families, and share this with the wider Federation leadership team and colleagues.
Miss Harris said, 'It is an honour to be a finalist in the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru. It is a privilege to work alongside the children and staff in our Federation daily.'
'I am extremely grateful to my colleagues, learners and their families for the tremendous support during the judging process and beyond. Staff in our Federation and across Wales, inspire and motive me daily.'
'I wouldn’t be the teacher and person I am today without us all working collaboratively together, supporting one another and sharing ideas. Teaching is far more than a job to me; it is about positively shaping the lives of young people daily.'
10-year-old George Taverner, who is a learner in Miss Harris' class, said: “Miss Harris is an outstanding teacher and I feel really happy and proud of her. Miss Harris really deserves the award. She is always enthusiastic and always tries her best to put a smile on everyone face. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.”
Executive Headteacher of the Federation of Blenheim Road Community & Coed Eva Primary Schools, Paul Keane, said: 'We are delighted for and so incredibly proud of Miss Harris for winning the award of Teach of the Year at the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2020.
'Miss Harris is an incredibly talented colleague, teacher and leader in our school and provides inspiration to her class and to all of our colleagues every day with her skill, passion and constant enthusiasm. She has deservedly done brilliantly in winning this award and it is testament to her incredible skill, passion and vision both for her learners and for our wider Federation and families.'
Torfaen's Executive Member for Education, councillor Richard Clark said, ‘I would like to congratulate Stacey on winning this prestigious award. Stacey is a fine example of a teacher going the extra mile for her pupils and this award is an acknowledgement for the hard work and dedication she puts in all year round to ensure her pupils get the best start in life.
‘So often we recognise teachers who have made a positive difference to our own lives. Whether helping pupils find their voice, providing guidance or setting them on a pathway to success; a teacher plays such an influential role in shaping the lives of young people.'