A BELOVED and imaginative teacher from Hillcrest Community Infant School has been awarded the Gainsborough Standard’s Teacher’s Rose for his outstanding contribution to improving his pupils’ lives.
Luke Lovelidge, 22, is a popular and creative teacher who renowned at Hillcrest for going beyond the call of duty to bring out the best in his pupils.
“This is such a pleasure and a real honour,” he said, receiving his rose. “I just love having fun with the children and watching them develop and grow. It’s great to be able to inspire them to be what they want to be.”
He continued: “We have a great relationship and are always having fun. That’s the main point of learning – so that the kids enjoy coming to school.”
Mr Lovelidge said that he believed all children had the potential to be a success – regardless of background.
“Although we’re in a deprived area, I always tell them that they can achieve anything, or go to uni or do something with their lives and be successful,” he said.
He added: “They have been a great class to teach and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year. This is an outstanding school and it’s great to be part of such a good team where everyone works together.”
Deputy Head Dominique Osborne said: “Mr Lovelidge is very outgoing with a very bubbly personality.”
“He’s got a great sense of humour that he uses with the children a lot, but I’m not sure whether they’re laughing with him or at him sometimes!”
She continued: “He always tries his best to make sure that every child achieves their full potential and they’re always saying that learning with him is fun. Luke is dedicated to making sure the children do their best no matter about their background or where they come from and wants their parents and the community to be involved – he always looks at the bigger picture.”
Mrs Osborne added: “We all try for the best for the children here at Hillcrest, and I think that this nomination reflects well on the whole team.”
Mr Lovelidge was nominated by seven year-old pupil Izabelle Rose Anderson who said: “He is brilliant.”
“He’s very nice to me he lets me do my spellings until I get them right. He says my spellings are extraordinary and they are very hard but I like doing them.”
She continued: “He said I can be a footballer if I want to because I am good at football and I have my own boots.”
Izabelle added: “Please can you give my teacher the rose because he is the best and I love going to school.”
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