A NEWLY qualified college science teacher has been praised for her hard work and proactive attitude.

Emily Roberts, who works at Heart of Worcestershire College in Redditch, has been nominated for New Teacher of the Year at this year’s Worcestershire Education Awards.

Her manager, Nicola Warner has applauded Emily for being ‘extremely adaptable’ and for working so hard to support students.

Emily, aged 30, teaches biology and biochemistry to 16 to 19-year-olds as well as teaching BTEC access students.

She completed her teaching training on the job and qualified last year.

Nicola said: “She has made admirable strides in her development as a teacher as Emily is excellent at reflecting on her own teaching.

“She is eager to improve and readily takes on board and encourages constructive feedback, she has been proactive in her own development working with a mentor, developing her teaching style and resources and the use of the college systems and online delivery.

“Emily has made valuable contributions to the teaching team and is someone the team can rely on for support, she collaborates with her peers during development of the curriculum, peer observations and internal moderation, you would not know how recently she has qualified as a teacher.”

Emily formerly taught undergraduates at Portsmouth University while completing a PhD.

She said: “I am so pleased, it’s nice to be recognised for hard work.

“This is my first proper teaching job I really enjoy it – and love my students.”

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The Worcestershire Education Awards in partnership with the University of Worcester has 12 categories and runs across all of our Worcestershire titles – the Worcester News, Malvern Gazette, Evesham Journal, Bromsgrove & Droitwich Advertiser, Redditch Advertiser and Kidderminster Shuttle.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, February 13.

The awards will culminate in a black-tie event on Thursday, April 20, at 7pm at the Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern.

Nominations take just a few minutes. To nominate someone, click here.