‘Humble’ Redditch teacher shortlisted for best education award


A REDDITCH teacher said he was “completely speechless” after being nominated for a Worcestershire Education Award.

Mark Abbott, third and fourth grade teacher at St George’s C of E First School, was named teacher of the year.

Mark, who has been teaching for 15 years, was appointed by Tarryn Golding, who recently moved to Redditch.

“Mr. Abbot deserves to win this award because he made us feel welcome and helped my son settle into the new school very quickly,” Tarryn said.

“We had just moved to Redditch in August 2020 during the pandemic and my son has special needs and was undergoing assessments at the time.

“In his previous school he never felt out of place, but with Mr. Abbott he finally felt like he belonged somewhere and he couldn’t wait to go to school.

“He took the time to make sure my son understood the work offered to him in class when he struggled to understand some tasks.

“If my son got agitated or frustrated, he defecated by the time he met and supported him, which is hard to do when you have 15 other kids in class.

“He’s a very humble person, and I would often say thank you and he would quickly say that you don’t need that too, but I am doing it because he changed my son’s life.”

Responding to the nomination, Mark, who is also the Mathematics Officer at St George’s, said: “I am totally speechless, I am really touched.

“I am very lucky to have one of the best jobs in the world.

“It sounds like a cliché, but I’m just doing my job.

“I don’t think I’m doing more or less than the teachers at St George’s. We all do it because we care about ourselves.

We have partnered again with the University of Worcester to renew our education awards in all of our titles – Worcester News, Redditch Advertiser, Bromsgrove Advertiser, The Shuttle and Evesham Journal – which recognize and celebrate hard work, passion , the quality and dedication of our educational institutions in Worcestershire.

Nominations can be made by visiting the awards section on the advertiser’s website to submit suggestions in any of the categories that range from Director of the Year to Lockdown Hero.

If your company or organization would like to sponsor any of the awards, contact [email protected]


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