A TEACHER has been recognised as one of the best in a prestigious awards ceremony.

Corbridge Middle School teacher, Meryl Batchelder won the Most Inspirational North East Secondary School Teacher at the North East STEM Awards.

The awards ceremony was on November 3 2023 and celebrates and recognises North East STEM Ambassadors, STEM organisations and teachers who, through their interaction, have inspired, engaged and enthused many young people and their teachers in STEM over the past year.

Meryl was praised for empowering students through encouragement, mentorship, and a supportive learning environment, instilling curiosity, and a love for STEM subjects.

Meryl said:"I was a little surprised by the announcement. Although I've become quite used to seeing my pupils get accolades for their work, it still feels strange to be on the receiving end of an award myself!

"Running clubs & competitions, organising experts to visit the classroom, and taking pupils on school trips add to the busy workload of a teacher but they are all absolutely vital.

"Children must develop the knowledge and skills for sustainable futures and STEM education promotes hands-on problem solving, encourages teamwork, develops critical thinking, gives opportunities for collaboration and enables young people to understand that technology solutions are possible.

"It is joyful to watch those lightbulb moments, and it's fabulous to work in a school that supports STEM enrichment so enthusiastically."

Also speaking of her staff members achievement, Adele Brown, Headteacher of Corbridge Middle School said: 'We could not be more delighted for Meryl and her achievement. We are so lucky and proud to have her as part of team at Corbridge Middle School."

Organised annually by the North East STEM Hub, delivered by RTC North, this event boasts a dedicated team of seasoned education and STEM professionals committed to providing the best possible experience for our region's schools and Ambassadors. Their collective passion drives STEM education forward, igniting curiosity in every young learner they engage with.

Claire Willis, Team Leader at the North East STEM Hub, remarked: “The North East STEM Awards shine a spotlight on the remarkable dedication and passion of those who are lighting the path for the next generation of STEM enthusiasts. Their commitment is the driving force behind our mission to inspire and nurture young minds, creating a brighter future for STEM education in our region."