Learning Enrichment Coordinator at Lumen Christi Catholic College in NSW, Helen Comerford, has been named as one of six finalists in Cambridge University Press’s 2020 search for the world’s most dedicated teacher.
Primary and secondary teachers from across the globe were nominated by their students, who detailed an inspiring story about the hard work they do each day.
This year, over 6000 award nominations from 97 different countries were received. Six finalists were selected out of a shortlist of 50 released in December (which included an additional two Australian teachers).
Finalists were selected based on whether nominations met the awards criteria. Among the criteria, the judges looked at whether a teacher demonstrated innovative practices, provided fantastic pastoral care and prepared students for their futures beyond school.
Ms Comerford (pictured below) was named a finalist thanks to her ‘love and concern for every student’.
She also has over a decade of experience as a secondary science teacher and is currently studying for a Master of Education – Inclusive Practice at Australian Catholic University.
The other finalists are Tiffany Cavanagh, Trident College Solwezi, Zambia; Stanley Manaay, Salvacion National High School, Philippines; John Nicko Coyoca, University of San Jose-Recoletos, Philippines; Patricia Abril, New Cambridge School, Colombia; and Meera Rangarajan, RBK Academy, India. To read their stories, please click here.
“Teachers say and do life-changing things every day – often without realising it,” said Michael McGarvey, Director of Education at Cambridge University Press. ”This could be something as simple as a kind word at a difficult time, or explaining a concept in a way that suddenly makes everything click into place for the student. For that, we’d like to join with people around the world to say thank you together.”
A public vote is now open to determine the winner. Voting will close 26 January 2020. Cambridge University Press will announce the overall winner on 3 February.