On Saturday I attended the Adult Education Learners Award ceremony for Gloucestershire. I had been nominated for Outstanding Tutor of the year, which had really shocked me!
Much to my amazement I actually won!
Receiving my award was so nerve wracking! This is the Head of Education and Libraries in Gloucestershire!
The person who had nominated me had written a statement about me that was read out. I had to fight back the tears! She praised my relaxed teaching manner that helped learners to settle into my groups. Not only that, but she highlighted that my biggest skill is the fact my relaxed manner is backed up with rigorous planning and in depth knowledge of each of my learners achievements, skills and needs. Learners feel confident in my classes because they know I know them.
It was a lovely morning out which involved getting my nails done and having a cuppa with some of the learners who also got an group award.
I had invited my lovely friend Helen and my eldest son came too!
When the ceremony had finished the husband of one of the learners came over to talk to me. With tears in his eyes he explained that I would never know how much my lessons had changed his wife's life. That she had regained some of the confidence she had lost 5 years before following a major life changing event. She now has friends and leaves the house. He thanked me for giving her so much, and for helping him too...
I had to fight back the tears.... I was so moved and pleased that I had been able to help them both.
That is why I love my job as a tutor. I love working with people who previously had found a classroom environment stressful. I love helping people to learn a new skill whilst building their self-confidence.
I love working with people who have struggled with things in their life, but have taken the risk of coming to my classes. Watching them change and grow is incredibly rewarding!
That is why I spend hours completing paperwork for classes and making sure everything is organised.
It is quite simply the best job in the world!
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