Sarah Probert, Business lecturer at North Shropshire College (NSC), has been nominated for the Best Teacher Award at this year’s Dyslexia Awards, the award is for the teacher who has inspired and encouraged dyslexic students. The awards were founded by The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant (The DDC) and are being awarded for the first time this year, the awards recognise the contribution of dyslexics to life in Shropshire and those who support and inspire them.
Sarah Probert talked about her personal experiences from school, saying, ‘When I was a teenager I met with my school’s careers adviser who informed me that it was probably best to lower my career expectations as I was unlikely to get a ‘proper or good’ job due to my lack of ability and skills. I decided to prove her wrong and I somehow got myself into college.’
It wasn’t until age 18 the Sarah’s dyslexia was identified, Sarah continues ‘I had such an inspiring tutor, to whom I will always be grateful, he helped to get my dyslexia formally identified. When I received the results of the assessment, it felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Suddenly I understood why. I love learning and I knew that despite what was said to me at school, I wasn’t stupid. From that moment on, I have been on a mission; dyslexia is not a barrier to learning it just means I learn in a different way. I never want any young person to feel excluded from learning because they think and learn in a different way. What makes us who we are should always be celebrated and everyone has the right to be successful.’
Sarah added ‘To be nominated for the Best Teacher Award means such a great deal to me both personally and professionally. I am proud to work at North Shropshire College and I hope that in some small way my success may help encourage others out there who might doubt their own abilities, you can do it! Thank you to those of you who have nominated me.
If you would like to join the nomination party for Sarah Probert, you can do so at The DDC website: www.theddc.org.uk/dyslexiaawards, there is still time to apply for Business qualifications at NSC. You can apply on the College website at www.nsc.ac.uk, or the College Admissions Team by calling 01691 688080 or emailing email@example.com.