Ilford teacher scoops national award for inspiring girls

PUBLISHED: 15:03 16 July 2016

Rosemary Russell from Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, Ilford

Rosemary Russell from Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, Ilford

Thomas S.G. Farnetti

An “exceptional” teacher has won a national award for her work inspiring young women to enter traditionally male-dominated careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

Rose Russell, a design and technology teacher at Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, Ilford, won the Technician in STEM in the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards 2016, last week.

The passionate teacher said she felt “truly humbled” to receive the award.

Ms Russell said: “Just being shortlisted is a great honour, then to hear my name announced by MP Neil Carmichael as a winner was a real surprise.

“I felt truly humbled to be up against some really worthy nominees and in amongst what I consider to be the crème de la crème of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“It’s been an eventful year for myself, my school and the pupils, with three awards, first nominated by my headteacher Ms Keran Reilly for the Jack Petchey Leaders award, then winning the Data award for exceptional support for Design & Technology and now this.

“It’s a year I won’t forget for a while.”

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