Regional winners are chosen by an experienced panel of judges comprised of current teachers, educational specialists and authors, as well as the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press & Assessment board members. 

Judges are looking for nominations that are about one thing a teacher said or did that meant a lot to you. Tell us about a specific time or memory. The more focused you can be about that one thing, the more your nomination will stand out to the judges. 

Teachers often have a profound effect on their learners, sometimes without really knowing the legacy they have. Our judges are looking for the impact of a teacher's actions, both on their students and on themselves. Remember, actions don't have to be grand to make a big difference to a learner's life. It can be as simple as a kind word at a difficult time.    

To help you to focus your nomination, we have the following criteria: 

1) Going ‘beyond the classroom’ – giving up spare time or promoting charity work
2) Fantastic pastoral care – showing empathy, care and personal support  
3) Making the ordinary, extraordinary – innovative lesson ideas and practices
4) Shaping lives – preparing learners to be ready for the world

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Meet the judges

Mark Winterbottom

Mark joined the Faculty of Education in 2002, and teaches on the Science/Biology secondary PGCE course (for which he also acts as Senior Examiner) and on the MEd course for science teachers and practitioners. Mark’s current research interests are in teacher education, assessment, inquiry-based science education, use of technology in teaching and learning, and classroom environment.

Rod Smith

Rod is the Managing Director of International Education at Cambridge University Press & Assessment. During this time, he has launched an Education Reform business, which is establishing a position of practical thought leadership in this rapidly changing sector- winning substantial contracts with Governments in countries that include Kazakhstan, the Maldives, UAE and Oman.

Who better to judge the 2024 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards than the 2023 winner! Akeem is a primary teacher at St Michael RCM Primary School in Nigeria. Teaching in a one room-school without electricity, Akeem caught the judges’ eye with a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) project that combined model making to promote inquisitiveness, creativity and critical thinking, and for his work as TeachSDG (sustainable development goals) Ambassador. 

Akeem Badru

Farhat Deeba

Farhat is an educationist and researcher with distinctions in B.Sc. Hons, M.Sc. & CAIE PDQ teaching & learning. She has a PGC & PDQ in Educational Leadership and has had publications in Phytochemistry (UK), Planta Medica (USA) and Cambridge Outlook Magazine. Farhat is a former Head of Biology at Karachi Grammar School, lecturer at Hamdard University and Cambridge Assessment International Education teacher trainer, and has reviewed books and developed teachers resources for Cambridge University Press. She is interested in education, bioinformatics, neuroscience, AI and blockchain.

Kennedy Ombuni

A seasoned mathematics and further mathematics teacher with a decade of experience, Kennedy has dedicated his career to cultivating a passion for mathematics among students in Kenya and Tanzania. Recognized in the top 50 Dedicated Teacher Awards in 2019, he brings a wealth of expertise to the classroom. Kennedy's commitment extends beyond traditional teaching, encompassing innovative approaches to make mathematics accessible and enjoyable for learners, fostering a love for the subject that lasts a lifetime.

Dr Brian Li

Brian has been teaching Lower Secondary science and chemistry for more than ten years and is currently teaching at Invictus Secondary School in Hong Kong. His goal as a science educator is to ignite students' enthusiasm for learning science. Brian focuses on nurturing students' practical skills, cultivating a positive learning mindset, and fostering an appreciation for the role of science in our daily lives.

Shaheen Shaikh

Shaheen is a dedicated and accomplished educator, serving as the First Language English Teacher at RIMS International School & Junior College, India. She has a rich academic background: Bachelor’s in Computer Science; B.Ed.; Master's in English Linguistics; M.Ed.; recipient of the Cambridge University Press award for Impactful Classroom Learning; a Certified English, math, and science tutor and a freelance graphic designer. Shaheen's commitment to education is evident through her contributions to curriculum design and teacher training.

Michael Mawutor Agordzo

Michael is a dedicated and passionate educator with a wealth of experience in teaching and academic support for over 14 years. He is a Cambridge-trained teacher at DPS International, Ghana. Michael also spearheads prestigious events like the Spelling Bee, Hippo English, All Girls Debate, The Orators Competition, and The Queens Commonwealth Essay where he has achieved notable success on both national and international levels.

Chris Green

Chris is Director of the English and Drama faculty at The Perse School, Cambridge, UK. He is also Principal Examiner for A-Level English Literature with a major UK awarding body, and Co-editor of the English Association’s journal, The Use of English. Chris is the author of a number of publications - including a recent edition of The Merchant of Venice. In other roles, Chris contributes towards the work of the English-Speaking Union, the Chartered College of Teaching and the National Association for the Teaching of Drama.

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