A TEACHER described as ‘dedicated and passionate’ has been nominated in the Worcestershire Education Awards.

PE teacher Danielle Pemberton was nominated for Teacher of the Year after her efforts coaching dance students at the school.

Mrs Pemberton, 33, has been at North Bromsgrove High School since 2010 and teaches BTEC dance to Year 9 pupils at the school.

She said: “It is a real surprise to be nominated but it is lovely to be recognised in this way.

“As part of my job, one of the most important things is being inclusive.

“We have girls who have been dancers all their lives and do it every week as well as complete novices so it is really important to make lessons that can help both groups.

“One of the things we do is go on regular trips to places like the West End and the Hippodrome in Birmingham and that is really important as it gives them a chance to see how the professionals do it and get a taste of the real thing.”

The nomination for Mrs Pemberton describes her as dedicated and passionate about her job, even taking the time to contact parents outside school hours to make sure everything is right, even organising trips and lesson plans while on maternity leave.

It goes on to say she is: “The most down to earth teacher you could ever meet.”

The deadline for nominations for the awards, run by the Worcester News, in partnership with the University of Worcester, is just a week away and nominations close on April 18.

Finalists are chosen by a panel of judges and the winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the University Arena on June 20. To nominate someone, go to worcesternews.co.uk/awards/worcestershire_education_awards