Tutor Award Winners
This award recognises inspirational tutors or trainers who have supported learners, in a range of contexts, to go on to lead successful and rewarding lives. The 2018 Tutor Award is sponsored by ETF.
A trained actress, Michelle was never supposed to be a teacher. However, after 15 years of acting she started to facilitate and lead community workshops for vulnerable adults and found her true calling.
“Do something for yourself, for your self worth and self esteem - you will feel so empowered and it will lead onto other things.”
Sonia Ritchie-Park BEM
Sonia teaches at Swan Lodge, a Salvation Army lifehouse in Sunderland. Her engaging and inclusive approach to teaching has empowered learners to maintain their tenancies, gain jobs and progress their learning at college and university.
Growing up, Sabeena was not encouraged to study, let alone think about teaching. When she graduated with a Law degree in 2011, she decided she wanted to teach students who may have faced similar challenges.
"Teaching offenders is a big responsibility. My aim is that one day my learners can stand out amongst others, confident, knowledgeable and with a better understanding of themselves and of others.”
Christine already had a successful career in catering at North Staffordshire Combined Health Care NHS Trust. However, after being given the opportunity to become a support worker she started to realise her true calling was in teaching.
Jackie Bryant and Manda Lambert
Jackie and Manda teach Level 1 and 2 British Sign Language (BSL) at Cornwall College. Both are profoundly deaf, have full time jobs, and passionately engage their students without communication barriers.
Maria started teaching functional skills to apprentices at Greater Manchester Mental Health Hospital. Wanting to demonstrate that learning is for everyone, she now also leads courses for Recovery Academy service users with great success and passion.