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Top accolade for Castlederg teacher

Dr Hilary Levers, head of education and learning at the Welcome Trust presents Michelle Walsh, STEM coordinator at     Edwards Primary School, with the Enthuse Award for Excellence in Primary Teaching.

Dr Hilary Levers, head of education and learning at the Welcome Trust presents Michelle Walsh, STEM coordinator at Edwards Primary School, with the Enthuse Award for Excellence in Primary Teaching.

A LOCAL teacher has been honoured for excellence in primary school teaching at the first Northern Ireland STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) award.

Michelle Walsh of Edwards Primary School, Castlederg, lifted the primary school award for excellence in STEM teaching, at the Enthuse Celebration awards ceremony which was held at Stormont in recent days.

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Awarded annually by the National STEM Centre, the Enthuse Celebration awards recognise the dedication of teachers in the development of STEM subjects honouring inspirational teachers for their positive impact and dedication to the young people they teach.

Honour
On receiving this prestigious award Michelle said, “I was very surprised when I heard I had won this award, however it was a great honour for me.

“I have been a teacher for 12 years and have always taught at Edwards PS. As a school we have always worked hard to promote STEM subjects in the school as well as trying to promote the idea of future careers in these subjects among our pupils.”

Michelle will go forward to the national celebration event to be held at the Houses of Parliament, London in July.

Initiative
Speaking after the award ceremony, chief executive of STEM Learning, Yvonne Baker said, “The Enthuse celebration awards showcase the impact of great teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the difference it makes to young people and their life chances.

“These awards are testimony to the success of that initiative, and are an opportunity to celebrate the excellent STEM work being carried out in our schools. The project is having an important impact, by developing teachers we improve pupil outcomes, and that is a core value of the Education Authority.

“We are very grateful to Project Enthuse, and in particular the Welcome Trust, who generously fund this programme, and we hope to continue to work in partnership into the future.”

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