What are the Dedicated Teacher Awards?

All around the world teachers do fantastic work. They don’t just teach a curriculum – they instil values, encourage, support, befriend and truly impact the lives of their students and colleagues around them.

The Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards is a global competition in which you can nominate a current primary or secondary teacher for something wonderful they have done.

In April 2022, a panel of judges will decided on six regional winners who will all appear on a thank you page at the beginning of new Cambridge University Press educational books from September 2022. They will also win a class set of books of their choice, as well as promotion throughout the year. 

The public will then decide the overall 2022 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards winner in a vote. The winner will receive professional development opportunities for themselves or their school.  

So, what does it take to be a dedicated teacher? Listen to our 2019 winner, Ahmed Saya, to find out what he thinks!

The winner for the 2022 Dedicated Teacher Awards is…

Khalifa Affnan – Keningau Vocational College, Malaysia!

Click below to read about Khalifa's story.


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How to nominate

Anyone can nominate a current teacher - whether you are a pupil, parent, or even another teacher. However, please remember that it is one nomination per person and we will not accept nominations for relatives, partners, or spouses sorry. 

Please tell us about a specific time your teacher did something that you really appreciated - it can be as big or small as you like, just make sure to tell us why it meant so much to you. To help, we have given you four different categories when thinking about what your special teacher did: 

  • Going above and beyond – e.g. giving up spare time, or charity work
  • Fantastic pastoral care – showing empathy, care and personal support
  • Making the ordinary, extraordinary – innovative lesson ideas and practices
  • Opening up the world – preparing students for their futures beyond school

Nominations are now closed for 2022

2021 winner, Annamma Lucy, receiving her award from Cambridge University Press Director, Education and ELT (CAMENAT), Kenan Barut.  

ShortlistRead nominations

How to vote

The judges have now decided on the 2022 regional winners! Congratulations to:

  • Noemi Falcon – Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School, United States
  • Uroosa Imran – Beaconhouse School System KG-1 branch, Pakistan
  • Temitope Adewuyi – Fountain Heights Secondary School, Nigeria
  • Khalifa Affnan – Keningau Vocational College, Malaysia
  • Jeenath Akther – Chittagong Grammar School, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Mary Shiny Ponparambil Paul – Little Flower English school, Italy 

To read their nominations, click below now!

Voting for the 2022 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards is now closed.

Come back on 24 May 2022 to see who the winner is!