photo of anna murray, British Council teacher in France Wednesday 28 April 2021

Out of 13,000 nominations, Anna Murray, English Teacher at the British Council in France, has been selected in the top six of global nominees for the Cambridge University Press Dedicated Teacher Award.

The Dedicated Teacher Awards are a global competition in which people can nominate teachers from all subjects, not just English language teachers, to say a well-deserved thank you for outstanding work and professional practice.   

Anna Murray has worked as a teacher at the British Council in France for four years and on her nomination said:

“All teachers deserve an award for trying to meet their students’ needs despite all the challenges that came with Covid.”

 Laura McWilliams, Anna’s manager, who nominated her for the award, said:  

"Anna demonstrates our diversity values in everything she does; she leads our school book club, for which she has developed a diverse book list featuring authors and protagonists of colour, and tackling contemporary topics - and all while making sure these are accessible to students learning English as a foreign language. The impact on students is incredible. One commented this is the first time she has felt “seen” for her identity as a PoC [Person of Colour].’ 

‘Anna embeds EDI in the lessons she makes and shares. Her extraordinary work with one of her students who has an SEN and is nonverbal has led to the student making her first attempts to speak in English after several years of studying."

Voting is now open for the 2021 Dedicated Teacher Awards! Fill out this form to vote for your favourite regional winner. If you know Anna, have been taught by her, or have loved her Mini English Lessons, please support her by casting your vote.

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