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Top teacher gets award from Stanford

A teacher at our College has received an award for exceptional teaching from Stanford University in the USA as part of the world-leading University’s new Teacher Tribute Initiative.

Our Art teacher Andrew Strachan was nominated for the award by former student Katherine Yang, who is now studying at Stanford University in the class of 2020.

Under Mr Strachan’s tutelage, Katherine was awarded Top in the World in Painting in her Cambridge International Examinations. Mr Strachan has had 12 students place “Top in the World” in arts subjects over the last 11 years.

Katherine nominated Mr Strachan for his potential to see her ability from the beginning. She said: “Mr Strachan has lifted a dozen promising painters to this level of excellence through his 15 devoted years at Senior College, and I eventually achieved this honour, among many others, with the help of his artistic intuition and faith.”

Stanford University’s Teacher Tribute Initiative acknowledges educators who played a significant role in the intellectual, academic and personal development of its students. The award reads: Your dedication as an educator and a mentor has contributed to the future of your students, Stanford University and your community.

Principal Tracey Dykstra said: “We are delighted Andrew has been recognised by Stanford University.  We know that quality teaching is what makes the most difference to student outcomes and we are very proud of the excellent teaching provided for all our students at Senior College by our outstanding teachers.”

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