AN IMAGINATIVE and inspiring teacher from Morton has received the Gainsborough Standard’s Teacher’s Rose.
Peter McLane from Morton Trentside Primary School has been a teacher for over 17 years, and has been teaching at the school for three years.
The deputy headteacher is famed for being creative and enthusiastic about maths, and said he was overwhelmed to be awarded the Gainsborough Standard Teacher’s Rose.
“This is very surprising, I’m a bit self-conscious now but I’m quite pleased,” he said.
“Teaching is a very enjoyable job, the kids can be very entertaining and every day is different.”
He went on: “I just love children, and doing and making things with them.”
“It’s very satisfying when a child is happy with something they have made or achieved and it’s a brilliant feeling to know you have helped them do well.”
Mr McLane is also renowned for finding inventive ways to get children interested in maths.
“Before I came here I was a maths consultant for the local authority and my job was to go around other schools to champion maths,” he said.
“It became a big issue when I came here. We try to do lots of problem solving to make maths the centre of almost everything.”
“I live to try to do everything from a maths-based perspective, whether it’s making a model to scale or science or just day-to-day problem-solving.”
Mr McLane continued: “My year 4 class has a lot of girls in and girls are not always enthusiastic about maths, but we try to make sure that they get as much out of it as they can.”
He said that he was touched to receive the Rose, but also wanted to highlight the efforts of other teachers at Morton Trentside.
“I’m very honoured to be nominated,” he said.
“The staff here are all very good and any one of us could have been nominated, and I just feel proud to be making the kids happy enough for them to nominate me. This means everything.”
Headteacher Mrs Riddle was also keen to sing Mr McLane’s praises.
“He makes everything he does fun and is just an excellent teacher - particularly with maths,” she said.
“Any child that might not like maths will think that it’s fantastic by the end of the year.”
She added: “He’s also helped the school through a difficult time.”
“I’ve really only just got here, but he worked very hard as a deputy head to get the school out of special measures and now it’s a great school.”
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