I am thrilled to have been chosen as one of the top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2019.
It has been amazing to receive recognition for the work that I have done, particularly for creating and running Girls in Physics events. It has been lovely to see my work and my name in print in articles like the ones in the Independent and Guardian newspapers, and it was very enjoyable to be invited onto London Live TV to be interviewed about teaching and the prize.
One of the best things about being chosen for this award is the conversations that it has started – I have had numerous discussions about girls and their participation in Physics and Engineering, what we can do to make changes in girls’ attitudes, what makes great teaching and so much more! I have seen in action what the Varkey Foundation aimed to do in creating the prize, which is to “underline the importance of educators” and education. It shines a spotlight on the incredible things that so many teachers are doing and creates a dialogue around how to continue to improve education.
The 50 teachers selected represent an inspirational cohort of which I am privileged and honoured to be part of. In March, I will be attending the Varkey Foundation’s Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai where I look forward to meeting everyone else involved, and sharing my experiences as part of the forum.