Naghma Shaikh

Naghma has been teaching CAIE English Language and Literature for 29 years. She was associated with Arab Unity School, UAE, and VIBGYOR High, India. A Reviewer of books for Cambridge University Press, UK, a Teacher Trainer for the Press in India, and the First Gold Level Panellist of the Cambridge Panel, currently she is with JBCN International, India. Teaching is her calling and passion. She believes it is a beautiful, collaborative, and lifelong journey of learning.

Ros McLellan

Ros taught psychology and mathematics in the secondary schooling sector for a number of years before joining the Faculty of Education. Her background is in psychology and she is a graduate member of the British Psychology Society. She has always been interested in student motivation and her Masters and Doctoral projects were in this area. In recent years, she has also worked on a number of projects focusing not only on achievement motivation but also on student wellbeing, mathematics anxiety, and creativity.

Annamma Lucy 

Who better to judge the 2022 Dedicated Teacher Awards than our previous winner! Starting her teaching career in 1997 at Good Shepherd Convent Girls’ High School Mysore, in India, in 2007 she moved to UAE as an oversea teacher, to teach Social Studies at Our Own English High School, Boys’ Branch Sharjah, UAE. Annamma presently teaches grades 7 and 8 social studies and this is her 23rd year in teaching.

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.

Meet the judges

Finalists are chosen by an experienced panel comprised of current teachers, educational specialists and authors, as well as the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press board members. They are looking for stories that fit into one or more of 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) Opening up the world – preparing students for their futures beyond school


Mark Beales

Mark Beales is a highly-experienced school leader who has taught internationally since 2004. Originally from England, Mark has been Head of Secondary and IB Diploma Coordinator at schools in Thailand and Vietnam. He has a Master of Education (Distinction) and National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Before teaching, Mark was an award-winning journalist and newspaper editor and has written numerous articles about education.



Rod Smith

Rod is the Managing Director for Global Education at Cambridge University Press. 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

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Reuben Ayube

Reuben holds a master’s degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Manchester and also a master’s degree in Managing Environmental Pollution and Climate Change from the University of St. Andrews. He teaches mathematics, physics and chemistry to high school students in Naples – Italy, engaging them in how to use scientific concepts in dealing with different problems.

Becky Lovell

Becky is Head of Formative Assessment in the Press publishing team and has worked with Cambridge teachers for 8 years, visiting Cambridge schools around the world to understand their needs. She leads our research on effective pedagogical practice and ensures that all our product and services for schools embed and enact the principles of active learning, assessment for learning and metacognition in a clear, consistent and accessible way.

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