Weston pair named ‘inspirational’ teachers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 June 2014

Tanya Gardener, Dr Paul Phillips and Joe Abdulgani.

Tanya Gardener, Dr Paul Phillips and Joe Abdulgani.


TWO Weston students-turned-lecturers have scooped major honours in a national teaching awards programme.

Joe Abdulgani and Tanya Gardener’s success has made Weston College the only establishment in the UK to have two people among the five further education category finalists.

The duo have been named as Silver Teaching Award Winners in the 2014 Pearson Teaching Awards.

Joe, a lecturer in computing, and Tanya, a care and early years lecturer, were selected from 20,000 nominees across the UK.

In their citations, Joe and Tanya were described as ‘outstanding’, ‘innovative’ and ‘inspirational’.

Tanya said: “To receive recognition like this for something I love doing is just amazing. It tells me that I am getting things right, and really helping our learners with their studies and development.” Joe added: “What’s even more touching is the fact the award has come about mostly because of nominations from the students I am teaching.

“The fact that they have felt moved to nominate me gives me a tremendous sense of job satisfaction.”

The pair, who both live in Weston, will attend the UK final in October, where 10 silver award winners will receive a gold prize in a ceremony broadcast by the BBC.

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