LESLEY Hunter from Creavery Primary School has been recognised as one of the most talented science teachers from across the UK.
She received the award during the Primary Science Teaching Awards hosted at the recent Association for science Education (ASE) Annual Conference 2012, held in Liverpool and supported by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust.
One of eight winners from across the UK and the only representative from Northern Ireland, Lesley was recognised for achieving excellence in her primary science teaching.
The judges were impressed by Lesley in her role within the rural school as a dynamic science co-ordinator. She was recognised as an extremely creative and innovative teacher who inspires and motivates students and teachers with a passion for science.
As a demonstration of her successes to date, Lesley’s pupils have won numerous Science Awards from Rolls Royce, The Belfast Telegraph and Queen’s University Chemistry Department, and have also taken part in Young Engineers and Sharing Science Across Ireland presentations at W5, Stranmillis College and The University of Ulster.
In recognition of her contribution to the STEM agenda, Lesley has also recently joined the ASE Regional Committee and will now bring her experiences to bear on the work of ASE across Northern Ireland.
Speaking about the award Norman Apsley, President of the Northern Ireland Region, ASE and Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Lesley and just reward for her hard work and absolute commitment to the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. This award is further proof that in NI we have an enviable education system with highly qualified science teachers and parents who recognise the strategic importance of the STEM subjects.
“We know that our economic future is bound up with the need to develop and maintain skills within the STEM subjects. To this end, within the ASE we are focused on delivering a curriculum that is fit for purpose and which keeps our young people engaged and enthused about STEM subjects.
“We will also continue to develop partnerships with industry to ensure we capitalise on these important skills for the economic benefit of the whole region. With people like Lesley on board we are confident that we can provide the youngsters we teach with the best opportunities, experience and advice - enabling them to be inspired to succeed and achieve in the world of work.”