The 2022 Tutor of the Year award has today (5 July) been presented to a deserving winner by ETF Interim CEO Jenny Jarvis during the Festival of Learning.
The winner, Helen Sonnenfeld, was recognised for her work supporting individuals with learning disabilities, mental health illnesses and those with personality disorders.
Helen began working in the NHS as domestic over 20 years ago, became an adult learner, and started night classes to become a teacher in adult education.
She now works in a secure care setting for of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
Helen has been described by colleagues as being “so supportive of her students”, and “always going the extra mile”. One student said she has “changed her opinion about learning and education”.
ETF Interim CEO Jenny Jarvis commented:
“At the Education and Training Foundation, we strongly advocate the importance of lifelong learning and the vital role tutors play in this agenda.
“We are delighted to continue our collaboration with the Festival of Learning through our sponsorship of the Tutor of the Year Award.
“Many congratulations to this year’s richly deserved winner, Helen Sonnenfeld, of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.”
Helen’s personal commitment to learning can be seen from the fact she has just completed the Society for Education and Training’s Advanced Teacher Status programme.