Certificate of Teaching Excellence awarded to Liz Bowen

A huge congratulations to Liz Bowen, Head of English Combined and Film Studies, who has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Pearson Teaching Awards were established in 1998 to recognise and celebrate excellence in education. “Teachers are the quiet hero’s. We should honour them, for they have in their care the next generation, our whole future” Michael Morpurgo, President, The Teaching Awards Trust.

In her 19 years of teaching at Greenhead College, Lizzie’s passion and enthusiasm has made such a positive impact on her students as well as her colleagues, who have nothing but fantastic words to say about her..

“Without fail, Liz will always say hello to everyone in the class as we walk in and tell us how pleased she is to see us. As the lesson progresses she will tell us how highly she thinks of us and that as long as we continue to push ourselves everybody will get the grades that we are both capable and deserve. In addition, she places the focus on the end result rather than sole essays marked throughout the course; Liz recognises that hard work is needed to achieve one’s best and that every low mark across the way carries lessons to be learnt.” 

– A current Greenhead College Student

“If it wasn’t for Liz, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It was Liz who introduced me to the Young Reporter Program which has given me amazing opportunities that will help further my career. Liz would arrange for people from the industry to come in and talk to the class about what we needed to do. She made us aware of every opportunity out there and encouraged try and get as many as we possibly could, helping us along the way.”

– A former Greenhead College student

“She is quite possibly the most generous colleague I have ever worked with – nothing is too much trouble – from making a cup of tea to taking a session to accompanying me to London to celebrate our students’ successes. Her positivity and ‘can-do’ attitude is infectious and her combination of intellectual acumen and intuitive understanding of students’ (and colleagues) needs have provided some of the most rewarding and enjoyable working experiences I’ve ever had.”

– One of Liz’s Colleagues

Liz was awarded her certificate in a presentation at a presentation in College last week by Principal, Simon Lett who commented:

“It’s superb that Liz has received this Certificate of Excellence. It shows how much her hard work is valued and appreciated, and recognises the life-changing impact she has had on young people.”