Recognising our Teachers at Leeds East Academy
Each week, teachers are asked to nominate their colleagues to be featured on our all new 'Teacher Feature' page. At Leeds East Academy, we value each and every one of our teachers who work tirelessly to support our students, taking their learning to the next level. Read about what makes our teachers so special below:
#9 Riffat Ahmed
Andreea Nan, Head of EAL, has nominated Riffat as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Mrs Ahmed is always going above and beyond to help these kids see their full potential. She is very creative in making sure that she is allowing each student to participate in lessons and it is clear that she really cares about these kids!
Mrs Ahmed practices positive reinforcement and also corrects students when needed. You never see her without a smile on her face, or attentively listening to what the kids have to say.
I can say I honestly feel she genuinely cares about each of her students. She has rules, but allows some flexibility to teach kids not to take her kindness as a weakness. I think this is a huge strength when it comes to the student/teacher relationship. Just like any other relationship, she builds trust with each one of her students.
#8 Jasmine Clarke
Louise Barton, Head of English, has nominated Jasmine as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Jasmine is truly one of the greats! She embodies the department ethos of teamwork. She is driven to reach perfection and she can always be relied upon for stepping up when the going gets tough. Jasmine is determined to make all she does successful and her resilience shines through. She loves a bit (a lot) of competition and as such has motivated the team further to succeed, be the best they can be both on a personal level and in the classroom.
Jasmine’s role has further developed by the mentoring of other teachers and is giving her time freely to support others develop their practice in the classroom. Jasmine is also tutoring students out of lessons to support progression in their learning and encouraging their personal ambition to succeed.
Jasmine is a committed, valued member of the team, who often doesn't fully see her worth - I hope now she understands how amazing she is!
#7 Becky Cheetham
Shery Milner, Head of Maths, has nominated Becky as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
The relationships that Becky has built with students make it hard to believe that she started at Leeds East Academy just over a year ago. This is testament to Becky’s commitment to spending her break and lunch time speaking with students and getting to know them personally. She can often be found wandering corridors supporting our young people – when not teaching of course! In the classroom this is continued, and her engaging personality captures students’ minds. Becky’s classroom is a safe and happy environment where every student has the confidence to participate and aim for the stars – ‘mistakes are proof you are trying’. I regularly go in for year 7 lessons for some light relief and to watch our young people thrive.
Becky is relentless with her high expectations and in turn our students rise to them. This applies to her own practise – consistently having the highest expectations of herself, and being in her lesson or looking through her books and the work of her students is always a great pleasure, a reflection of her effort, hard work and diligence.
And back to the positivity… a constant ball of energy and warmth. A great support to students and colleagues. Thank you so much for your outstanding contribution to Leeds East Academy and for representing our core values all day every day.
#6 Mhairi Torr
Michelle Waite, Area Zone Leader - Active and Vocational, has nominated Mhairi as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Mhairi is highly regarded both by staff within the department and students too. Mhairi has recently worked extremely hard to produce a range of resources for a new circus project that her Year 10 GCSE art students are currently working on. Mhairi's lessons are always engaging, students enter the classroom excited to learn and her room is always vibrant and welcoming.
#5 Kristina George
Louise Barton, Head of English, has nominated Kristina as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Kristina is not only a phenomenal teacher, but the care, attention and dedication she places in every student in her care is outstanding. Anyone visiting her classroom can testify to her love of the subject, from the "chains.. (Marley's Ghost) .. forged in life", to the candles to make it "enchanted like the night sky" from Harry Potter. Her energy and enthusiasm for all she does exudes to those around her and has a huge impact in our students' development.
Kristina loves to bring fun and the excitement of the world into her teaching and introduce students to the riches of our world and although only joining us since September she has made a huge impact on the students, the department and the school
#4 Kamil Gwozdz
Andreea Nan, Head of EAL, has nominated Kamil as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Kamil is always a committed teacher. He works hard to build strong relationships with our EAL learners. He is always going the extra mile by learning their native language in order to differentiate more effectively. Thank you Kamil.
#3 Natalie Watson
Shery Milner, Head of Maths, has nominated Natalie as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Natalie joined the Maths team in September and has already made a great impact on the progress and personal development of our students, and the department. Natalie has the highest expectations of herself and her students, and consistently teaches challenging lessons that deepens understanding and develops resilience, with a clear vision for every child to enjoy and succeed in Mathematics. Natalie continually strives to develop her practice and supports the practice of others to ensure that our students are receiving the best possible learning experiences. She is currently mentoring one of our fantastic NQT’s in Maths and does this diligently. Everything that Natalie does is to the highest standard, be it resources, feedback in books or in her role as a form tutor. Natalie’s passion, dedication and organisational skills are exemplary and we are lucky to have her in the department – thank you Natalie for all your hard work and commitment!
#2 Mwape Katebe
Danielle Ord, Head of Science, has nominated Mwape as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Mwape is an excellent teacher, supportive and dedicated colleague. Mwape works tirelessly to ensure her lessons are perfect and books are marked thoroughly and allow her students to make excellent progress. Mwape has stepped up this year to co-ordinate our Physics team, ensuring that the Physics schemes of learning, lessons and resources are all planned and delivered to very high standards. Nothing is ever too much to ask, and I am grateful for her support and commitment to ensuring the Science department is successful.
#1 Olivia Hunter-Robinson
Louise Barton, Head of English, has nominated Olivia as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Olivia has shown absolute dedication to her classes, the department and the school. She is always willing to support colleagues, both as part of her role as NQT mentor and also as a buddy of other colleagues. Olivia shows ambition to succeed and works tirelessly to support our students in their academic and well being developments. Even after a long day in teaching, Olivia will also offer to improve the department further by taking on link roles to other departments.
#2- Amanda Smithson
Pascoe Gill, Head of Maths, has nominated Amanda Smiths as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
"Amanda has worked tirelessly this year to develop her teaching practice. She stepped up from learning mentor to maths teacher in September, a steep learning curve, and yet she has made this transition appear seamless. Her work ethic is exemplary and she welcomes and acts on feedback expertly. I am thrilled that Amanda’s hard work this year has been rewarded as she has recently been accepted on to an assessment only route to qualify as a maths teacher. In her first observation, Amanda was ‘Outstanding’. Amanda is a caring and diligent teacher who has high expectations of her students. She utilises all available resources and CPD to her to ensure that she improves with pace, and for this she is a role model to our students and other colleagues within the team. Thank you for all of your hard work this year Amanda, you’re amazing!"
#1- Chelsea Wood
Louise Barton, Head of English, has nominated Chelsea Wood as this week's 'Teacher Feature' because:
Chelsea is a unique teacher and with such a thoughtful and caring attitude towards others, that she is highly valued, by not only the department but the students too. When support is needed, she will be one of the first to step up and offer her support. When planning and creation of resources are needed, she will be there to lend a hand. When something needs organising Chelsea is there to guide and lead on ideas. Chelsea is one person in the department that makes the planned success a reality.