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TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Nominations roll in for your heroes




The Teacher of the Year awards are well under way with scores of nominations coming in every week.

We took another look at two teachers who have been put forward by parents, other teachers and children.

Ryan Noonan currently teaches a Year 1 class in All Saints’ Primary School in Lawshall.

Ryan Noonan of All Saints' Primary School in Lawshall. PICTURE: Mecha Morton
Ryan Noonan of All Saints' Primary School in Lawshall. PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Mr Noonan, from Great Barton, has worked at the school since 2017.

“I’m really touched to have been nominated,” he said.

“I am really lucky to be in a job I love – it’s brilliant.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher since I was young. I never found learning easy, so when I met a teacher that inspired me I thought it was what I wanted to do and give back. It was always my ambition ever since the age of seven.”

One nomination for Mr Noonan said: ‘It’s ‘so refreshing to have a young, enthusiastic male’, another said, ‘teaching is a true vocation for this wonderful man’.

“I try to be really creative,” he said.“The way we’re learning, the enrichment does link to all of our topics. I try to give the children a real sense of this and context. I let them have a hands on approach, a chance to link the learning to real life.”

Nominations also commented on Mr Noonan’s approach to the SATs examinations.

“We don’t add any pressure to it, we keep it as calm and normal as we can, I do it as a way for them to quiz me. We call it ‘Secret Agent Training’ that really gets them into it. It went down really well.”

Sam Goody is an Early Years teacher at Howard Primary School in Bury St Edmunds.

She has worked at the school for nearly 13 years.

Nominations for Miss Goody said she ‘goes above and beyond for students’, ‘always has time to speak to parents’ and ‘despite the adversity Howard has faced, Sam is an unsung hero’.

“I am very surprised,” she said, “I feel very honoured to actually have such lovely comments. I just feel I come in and do my job, it is part of my job to have a good rapport and support the children with their learning.

“It is important to consider the children’s interests and I try and use a lot of their interests in class.

“Every workplace has their challenges so you absolutely need stability.

“I really love my job I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was little, my teacher at the time actually said to my mum I would be a teacher.”

Miss Goody also said she thinks it’s important to work closely with parents, aswell as help the transition to school life for the nursery and reception class children by doing home visits.

Sam Goody class teacher has been nominated several times for the teacher of the year award. Picture by Mark Westley.
Sam Goody class teacher has been nominated several times for the teacher of the year award. Picture by Mark Westley.

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