Mathematics and ICT Teacher, Dr Susan Kerridge, was nominated by her class of Fifth Form pupils for the best teacher in Kent award in April 2015.
She was awarded a highly commended certificate.
Sue has been teaching for over 30 years, specialising in mathematics. She has taught in the state sector, private sector and schools with educational and behaviour difficulties.
During her time teaching in the state sector, she was awarded a teacher fellowship from the Gatsby Foundation (closely linked with the Royal Society) to develop teaching materials for pupils who struggled with maths. Sue has also had the opportunity to give lectures at the Royal Society on her research in this area.
Whilst researching and teaching at a state school, a pupil told Sue ‘I am going to do well in my exams Miss, just for you.’ This prompted Sue to embark on her doctorate at Durham University, focusing on how to teach pupils who find maths difficult to learn.
Sue sums up her approach to teaching with this saying: Children are born with wings, teachers help them fly.