Passionate teacher goes the extra mile

Queen Elizabeth's High School teacher Miss Kelly Kenny has been nominated for the Standard's Teachers Roses Award. Pictured with pupils Amy Bere and William Cawte. G110111-2a
Queen Elizabeth's High School teacher Miss Kelly Kenny has been nominated for the Standard's Teachers Roses Award. Pictured with pupils Amy Bere and William Cawte. G110111-2a
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A DEDICATED and relentless teacher from Queen Elizabeth’s High School has been awarded the Gainsborough Standard Teacher’s Rose.

Miss Kelly Kenny has been a teacher for three years and has been at QEHS for just over a year.

She said she was thrilled and honoured to have been awarded the Teacher’s Rose.

“It’s absolutely lovely,” she said.

“The fact that it’s a year 11 class who nominated is wonderful.”

“I’m just really grateful and so overwhelmed. To be honest, they are just a pleasure to teach.”

Miss Kenny said that she especially loved teaching at Queen Elizabeth’s because she used to go to school there herself when she grew up in Gainsborough.

“It’s a privilege to be here because I came here as a student and it’s lovely to teach alongside some of the teachers that used to teach me. I love working in a school that has such a good work ethic.”

So much so, that Miss Kenny even returned from maternity leave four months early to help her GCSE class after giving birth to her daughter Gracie Mae last year, and now endeavours to go far beyond the call of duty to achieve the best results possible.

“The maternity cover that they provided was only temporary and they had difficulty finding someone to take up the post so I came back early because the school had been really good to me, so I just felt that it was right that I was here to help the students.”

She added: “My year 11 students all have a fantastic personality, and they are so ambitious and they know where they want to go. The reason that I’m willing to stay behind and help them is because they will meet you half way because they are so hard working.”

Miss Kenny added that her main ambition was simply to share her love of the English language with a new generation of youngsters.

“I loved English as a student and I just want to be able to give the students some of that passion when reading Shakespeare,”

William Cawte is one of Miss Kenny’s year 11 pupils who nominated her.

“Last year when she went on maternity leave we had a teacher who didn’t get us through the year and Miss Kelly came back early and basically did two years’ work in one,” he said.

“She’s just so dedicated and a truly great teacher. Why shouldn’t she win Teacher of the Year? She’s brilliant.”

To award your favourite teacher a Teacher’s Rose and nominate them for Teacher of the Year, please write to newsroom@gainsboroughstandard.co.uk or call 01427 615323.