Top teacher Dr Debbie Eldridge has the most nominations of any of our awards winners.
The head of biology at King Ecgbert School in Dore was put forward by more than a dozen pupils.
She has worked at the school for 17 years and was praised for ‘inspiring many students to study biology at higher levels’ by student Alice Birch.
Dr Eldridge, of Dore, told The Star: “I am really shocked – I didn’t expect to win this.
“I think the really nice thing is that the students nominated me.”
A special recognition award was also handed out to teacher Richard Owen, of Montenay Primary School.
He was nominated for being the ‘kindest teacher there is’. He was also said to ‘help every child even if they are very shy. You can go to him any time of day if you have a problem.
‘What this man doesn’t know about is not worth knowing about’.
Leading education staffing specialist ITN Mark Education works in partnership with many local nurseries, schools and academies.
Services include the recruitment of primary and secondary teachers, SEN specialists and support staff on a short-term, long-term and permanent basis.
A spokesman said: “Because ITN Mark works closely with many local schools, we often hear about the incredible dedication of a wide range of school staff.
“In addition to teachers, this also includes teaching assistants, administrators and caretakers.
“All these members of staff deserve recognition for the wonderful job they do, which is why ITN Mark is supporting The Star Education Awards.”