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

Nagammai Murugappan

Nagammai has been an educationist in Zambia since 1997. She has been a Cambridge Examiner for English, as well as an active member of the Cambridge Panel for English. Nagammai has taught and managed schools across a wide range of curriculum. She has founded the Indian School of Lusaka, In Zambia. She is passionate about improving reading and writing among children and her areas of expertise lie in innovation and use of technology in teaching English and Literature.

Joan Hope-Jones

Joan has taught chemistry for the past 47 years, holding positions from Principal, to Director of Studies in many prestigious schools. During her teaching career, she has also been an Examinations Office for Cambridge Assessment International Education, as well as a teacher trainer. Joan is currently the Head of Science at Lonehill International Academy in South Africa. 

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 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.

Linda Fisher

Linda is Reader in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her current research interests are in multilingualism, multilingual identity, creativity in language learning, metaphor in relation to belief schemata, second language teacher education, motivation, and the academic and social integration of English as an additional language learners. She is also Co-Investigator and Education Strand Lead on the MEITS project (Multilingualism Empowering Individuals Transforming Societies), investigating participative identity construction in the language learning classroom.

Carolus Sadsoeitoeboen

Carolus is the Head of the Mathematics Department, and Deputy Principal at the Anglo Chinese School (ACS) Jakarta, Indonesia. He has many years’ experience in international schools, teaching both Cambridge and International Baccalaureate curriculums. Carolus is an incredibly active member of the Cambridge Panel, sharing his knowledge of best practice and contributing to educational research. He feels very strongly that the best resource for learning different approaches to teaching and learning is teachers themselves.

Ahmed Saya 

Who better to judge the 2020 awards than the winner of the Dedicated Teacher Awards 2019? Ahmed is a secondary mathematics and accounting teacher in Karachi, Pakistan. Having started teaching at a very early age, he has been teaching for 18 years now, currently at the Cordoba School for A Level.  He is also one of the founders of a school for underprivileged children in Karachi. The Bridge School's mission is to give every child a chance of education, with a view to eradicating illiteracy in Pakistan.

Mel Hitchcocks 

After studying her first love, history, she went on to become a teacher at a school for young people with emotional and behavioural problems. Although this was a challenging environment in which to educate young people, she experienced first-hand how instilling a love of learning in young people could radically change their lives. After spending several years as an Assistant Head Teacher and a SEN assessment teacher, she eventually left the UK to come to the British School of Ulaanbaatar where she is now the Academic Director responsible for raising standards throughout the school.

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