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 students behind bars comes with challenges at the best of times – let alone during the double-lockdown brought about by the pandemic. José Aguiar is a teacher at HMP Pentonville, and has had to work twice as hard as teachers in the community to make sure his learners could access the teaching and educational
"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.”
Evripides works for Derby Adult Learning Service teaching English and maths from entry level through to level 2. His innovative, creative and functional lessons have supported many vulnerable and marginalised people to reach their potential and surpass their own expectations.
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.