Blackboard Awards 2021

Teaching Heroes of the Pandemic

When: 7-9pm  Friday February 26 2021

Where: Homes Across Belfast (Register now to book your place) The pandemic has proved a tough time for charities which have had to abandon their fundraising events and street collections. That’s why we’re proud to be linking up with Cancer Lifeline to ensure this community-led project based in North Belfast gets a boost from the Blackboard Awards. £2 from every £5 ‘ticket’ for the Blackboard online gala celebration will go to the charity. Thank you for your generosity.

Book a Hamper: Bring our celebration of Belfast’s teaching heroes right into your living room with a delicious, eight-item deli hamper from our partner Lidl – complete with a mouthwatering bottle of Rioja.

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Ninth Annual Blackboard Awards to honour Teaching Heroes of the Pandemic

In the best of times, being a teacher requires resilience, patience, humour, genius and compassion. In a global pandemic, it also takes guts and grit. And that’s what the teachers of Belfast have in spades.

When the Coronavirus struck in mid-March 2020, the pivoted swiftly to home learning, developed teaching materials, eased pupils – and parents — into the new normal and prioritised provision of digital devices to ensure the less well-off did not fall behind.

In short, teachers were an anchor for society during the Covid storm, going above and beyond to ensure the education of our children did not fall victim to the virus.

When the call came to reopen schools safely, teachers were not found wanting. Our classrooms were repurposed to enable social distancing, sanitiser and mask became as much a part of the schoolroom kit as the pencil case and rubber, Teams and Zoom entered the lexicon and bubbles were no longer something your classmate blew.

Throughout it all, teachers answered the call. Their courage and resolve has been an antidote to the fear and confusion which Covid engenders.

Their commitment a boon to a community under siege from the coronavirus.

Now we give you an opportunity to nominate your Teaching Hero of the Pandemic at the Ninth Annual Blackboard Awards.

We welcome nominations for teaching assistants, teachers, principals and support staff at our schools. In this uncertain time, all are schoolroom Samurai, all are essential workers, all are frontline workers. All deserve our praise.

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Meet the 47 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR 2021

Meet the 47 teachers of the year 2021

In the best of times, being a teacher requires resilience, patience, humour, genius and compassion. In a global pandemic, it also takes guts and grit. And that’s what the teachers of Belfast have in spades.

Fiona George

Fiona George

Gaelscoil na Móna

Maureen Dowds

Maureen Dowds

Glengormley high school

Julie Young

Julie Young

Belfast Boys' Model School

Conor Kennedy

Conor Kennedy

All Saints College

Emma Beattie

Emma Beattie

Wheatfield primary school

Brian Mac An tSionnaigh

Brian Mac An tSionnaigh

Coláiste Feirste

Caitlín Ní Ruanaidh

Caitlín Ní Ruanaidh

Colaiste Feirste

Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds

Ballinderry Primary School

Siobhan McTaggart

Siobhan McTaggart

St Therese of Lisieux PS.

Oisin McVicker

Oisin McVicker

Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain

Jim Salt

Jim Salt

Glenveagh

Dylan Sloan

Dylan Sloan

Hazelwood Integrated College

Deborah Sweeney

Deborah Sweeney

Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School

Tish McCann

Tish McCann

Oakwood School

Aodán Mistéil

Aodán Mistéil

Gaelscoil Éanna

Christine Mhic Colaim

Christine Mhic Colaim

Scoil na Fuiseoige

Ríoghnach Hall

Ríoghnach Hall

St Peter's Nursery School

John O'Boyle

John O'Boyle

St. Paul's Primary and Nursery School

Naoimh Fegan

Naoimh Fegan

Holy Cross Boys' Primary School

Emma McGuigan

Emma McGuigan

Ballymacward Primary School

Siobhan Scott

Siobhan Scott

Taughmonagh Primary School

Ríanna Drain

Ríanna Drain

Hill Croft School

Caitlín Ritchie

Caitlín Ritchie

Emma McCully

Emma McCully

All Saints College

Paul Devlin

Paul Devlin

St Oliver Plunkett PS, Belfast

Terry Rodgers

Terry Rodgers

St Teresa's Primary School, Belfast

Cara Gilleece

Cara Gilleece

Malone College

Claire Boylan

Claire Boylan

Blessed Trinity College Belfast

Clare Donnelly

Clare Donnelly

Holy Trinity Primary School, Belfast

Clare McAllister

Clare McAllister

St Michael's Nursery School

Deborah Carson

Deborah Carson

St Teresa’s Nursery School

Deborah Mc Cann

Deborah Mc Cann

St John The Baptist Primary School

Fiona McGoldrick

Fiona McGoldrick

Lough View Integrated Primary School

Rhona Grant

Rhona Grant

Oakwood School and Assessment Centre

Hilary Cunningham

Hilary Cunningham

Fane Street Primary School

Joanne Quinn

Joanne Quinn

Hazelwood Integrated College

Karen Kelly

Karen Kelly

Glenveagh special needs school

Kathryn Warren

Kathryn Warren

St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School

Kellie Kesoglu

Kellie Kesoglu

Malone College

Lee Kelly

Lee Kelly

Edmund Rice College

Louise Bradley

Louise Bradley

Louise Bradley

Louise Hanvey

Louise Hanvey

Ashfield Girls' High School

Mark O'Hare

Mark O'Hare

Edmund Rice College

Niall O'Flaherty

Niall O'Flaherty

St. Louise's College, Belfast

Niamh Maskey

Niamh Maskey

Bunscoil Phobal Feirste

Orla McCarthy

Orla McCarthy

Blessed Trinity College

Sinead Clarke

Sinead Clarke

St. Joseph's Primary School, Lisburn