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Anoria Simmons won Teacher of the Year at the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards
A Tottenham primary school teacher has been crowned ‘teacher of the year’ at a national awards ceremony.
Anoria Simmons, a maths teacher at Devonshire Hill Primary School, received the Plato prize on Sunday night at the at the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards.
Mrs Simmons, who is originally from St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, has taught in London for 20 years.
According to her colleagues and pupils, she is respected and admired for her ‘strict but fair’ approach.
Julie D’Abreu, the school’s headteacher, nominated for her for the award and said: “Anoria really does stand out from the rest.
“Parents call her ‘Super Simmons’ and teachers say she’s ‘like sunshine on our corridor’. Children simply love her.”
Mrs Simmons was part of the senior management team that resulted in the Weir Hall Road school attaining ‘good’ status following the most recent Ofsted inspection.
Ms D’Abreu said: “Anoria has unique relationships with some of our hardest to reach children and their families and has achieved this over the years by a refined balance of fairness and strictness.
“Anoria is always smiling and says she feels ‘blessed’ to be a teacher.”
The awards were hosted by TV presenter Clare Balding at the Theatre Royal, in Drury Lane.
Mrs Simmons was presented with her award by Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, and he was joined by a host of celebrities including Olympian Mo Farah and comedian Ronnie Corbett.
The winners were chosen from a record 24,000 nominations and were treated to an evening of celebration.
A television programme showing the ceremony and the award winners at work in their classrooms will be broadcast as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” on BBC2 on Sunday at 5.30pm.
Speaking after the awards ceremony Ms D'Abreu added: “I'm delighted that Anoria has won this prestigious award and we are all so very proud of her.”
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