Leon said about his role at d'Overbroeck's and the surprise award, "I am a teacher of Mathematics and Director of studies with the majority of my teaching based at the Sixth Form. I am also lucky enough to be the staff coordinator to our Student Representative Council, working with them on representing student views as well as creating the Yearbook and Leavers' Dinner. The University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award took me totally by surprise but was thanks to a nomination put forward by one of my Further Maths students Sasha. Sasha will be joining the University of Chicago this year and was offered the opportunity as an incoming student to nominate someone they believed was an 'outstanding educator'. I am very much touched that Sasha felt I was deserving of such an honour and even more so that he took the time to write about why he thought I was deserving. Naturally, it is a lovely award to receive, especially as it comes from a student nomination. I hope that I can continue to be deserving of such an accolade from now on. I always speak to others of how lucky I am to work at d'Overbroeck's. The ethos of our school engenders the perfect environment for encouraging our students and preparing them for the independence that comes with the next stage of their lives. Fundamentally, it is the students who make the difference and I think the general atmosphere of our school encourages these types of students to flourish. I look forward to what the coming years bring here and the new challenges that come with every new year group.We are delighted that Leon has received this honour, and it is a great example of the transformational impact our incredible teachers have on our students here. The web page and past winners can be viewed here.