A WOMAN described as the “most caring person you could ever meet” has been nominated for a Worcestershire Education Award.

Amanda Mason, from St Clement’s C E Primary School, has been nominated for New Teacher of the Year Award.

Speaking about her job, Mrs Mason, 41, said: “I love seeing the difference you can make in the children’s lives. It’s amazing to see their learning, confidence and self-esteem progress – it is a very rewarding role. I feel very strongly about building positive relationships with children and valuing them as unique individuals. I have and continue to take great pleasure in helping children to gain confidence and be the best they can be.

“I feel truly honoured to have been nominated.”

Mrs Mason began her career in the education field 14 years ago as a volunteer at the school in Henwick Road, Worcester, before taking on the role as a teaching assistant to then a higher-level teaching assistant. She officially became a teacher and gained her NQT qualification in March 2018.

Mrs Mason is the class teacher for year 4, which she says is her favourite group to teach, adding: “It is a lovely group to teach. I love the relationship you can build and getting to know each child individually. Every year group is very special to teach.”

Eight years ago, Mrs Mason and her mum created a project in Africa at Kyeleni Primary School which focuses on global learning. A classroom has recently been converted into a library, which was the first library introduced to the village in Kenya.

Mrs Mason added: “The project has made a massive impact. The children learn about culture and we share the skills we have with them.”

Sandra Jennings, who nominated Mrs Mason said: “Mandy is one of the most caring, thoughtful and positive person you could ever meet.

“She spends copious amounts of time ensuring her classroom is an exciting and welcoming environment which constantly changes to the learning topic.

“Being the main link for our partner school in Kyeleni, in Africa, she has organised for staff to go out there and teach and for their staff to come to England for a visit. Mandy supports the teaching school by having work experience candidates who want to teach in her classroom, training and helping coach school direct trainees, keeping the relationship with Kyeleni alive and promoting British values.”


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