Pearson English Global Teacher Award 2020: meet the judges

Pearson English Global Teacher Award 2020 judges

Every year we aim to find interesting stories from teachers who have a real impact on their learners in the world of English language teaching. We want to shine a spotlight on those who improve their students’ lives and make a difference in their community – and then celebrate their achievements in the Pearson English Global Teacher Award.

Teachers from all corners of the globe submit short videos explaining how they are making an impact through teaching. Five winners, each from a different region, will be selected by a panel of specialist judges.

The prize? An unforgettable, all-expenses-paid trip to attend IATEFL or TESOL 2020.

If you want to tell us your story and be considered for the award, please hurry.

The deadline for the fourth annual Teacher Award is just around the corner: 10th January.

Who will be selecting the winners? Take a peek behind the curtain to find out who the judges are for this year’s competition. 

Jeanne Perrett

Teacher award judge Jeanne PerrettJeanne has been working in the language teaching sector for over thirty-five years as an educator, school owner, publisher and writer. She is the author of many acclaimed courses, including Now I Know

“I feel very honored to be one of the judges for this year’s award,” she says. “In the classroom, the saying ‘it’s not what you do, but how you make people feel’ is particularly true. So I’ll be looking for teachers who are enabling a learning environment where students can try things, make mistakes, and flourish.” 

Mike Mayor

Teacher award judge Mike MayorMike Mayor is the Director of the Global Scale of English (GSE) at Pearson. In this role, he leads research into creating learning objectives aligned to the GSE. He ensures that these learning objectives form the foundation of all new courses. On leaving university, Mike worked as an English teacher in France before entering the world of publishing as a lexicographer. 

Currently, one of his key areas of interest is on the ‘soft skills’ that students need to succeed in life and work. He is looking for teachers who are modeling creativity, collaboration and teamwork in their lesson planning –  and is interested to see how this work translates into impactful teaching.

Mike Solly 

Teacher award judge Mike SollyLet us introduce you to the second Mike on our panel. Mike Solly has almost 30 years’ experience in ELT. His roles have ranged from a classroom teacher to a teacher trainer. He has also designed teaching materials and managed projects and networks for the British Council. He’s currently responsible for the British Council’s approach to languages for migrants and refugees. 

When it comes to the Teacher Award, Mike is looking for teachers who inspire their students. 

“Inspiring teachers stay with people forever, in ways the teacher cannot ever fully know,” he says. “These teachers have a spark that is infectious and, I think, ultimately cannot be learned. It is partly innate and partly acquired through an inquisitive and open mind. I’ll be looking for this spark.”

Clare Walsh

Teacher award judge Clare WalshLast but not least is Clare Walsh, a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. She’s worked as an author on Gold and Expert, as well as numerous other books and online tools. She’s also an examiner and exam writer and is interested in the possibilities of new technologies, particularly games, to allow more complex skills to be assessed and introduced into classroom practice.

Clare is thrilled to be one of this year’s judges and is excited to hear all your interesting stories about how you’ve made a difference to your learners or colleagues. “Everything we do in education is about supporting the person who’s there to greet children and learners as they walk into the classroom” she says. “We know that teachers are there, in person, and they have the opportunity to make real and lasting difference to children and adult learners.”

Apply for the Pearson English Global Teacher Award

Now that you know what our judges are looking for… we want to hear from you! 

The application process is simple. Just tell us about how teaching has enabled you to make a difference to your students or colleagues. There will be five winners chosen, one each from the regions of Africa & the Middle East, South America, North & Central America, Europe & Central Asia, Asia & Oceania. 

Apply now!

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