TEACHER Steve Hill is renowned for his far-flung charity treks and runs.
From the Amazon to the Arctic, the desert to the jungle, Steve has been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
But for his next journey the intrepid deputy headteacher of St Joseph’s RC Primary School only has to journey down to the M62 to Liverpool.
Steve is one of five shortlisted for ‘Teacher of the Year’ at this year’s Educate Awards.
The year six teacher has been nominated for his unrivalled commitment to pupils, the school and also the wider community.
The citation says Steve “encourages every child to fully realise their potential and under his guidance, they grow in confidence.
“He also regularly dedicates his time to arranging unique experiences for his pupils to enjoy and learn from, both after school and at weekends.”
Known for his motivational quotes, he has even banned the word ‘can’t’ in his classroom, ensuring his pupils follow his motto “I can, I will, watch me!”
The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its seventh year and is the largest education awards in the North West.
From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognises the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.
Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly, now recognising schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
Commenting on the shortlist, Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “We are delighted to finally reveal the shortlist ahead of the awards ceremony in November. This year’s shortlist includes schools and colleges from all across the region.
“The awards recognise the arts, careers, sport, literacy, STEM and so much more – we believe it’s so important to celebrate all aspects of school life and champion the teachers and school support stars who bring learning to life!
“Many congratulations and good luck St Joseph’s RC Primary School and Stephen Hill.”
In total there are 21 award categories, from Community Partnership, Career Aspiration, School Support Star of the Year and Outstanding Commitment to Sport.
The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday, November 16 at Liverpool Cathedral.
Steve’s competition comes from Peter Kelly, Lister Junior School, Liverpool; Jay Bradley, The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Liverpool; Suzanne Gardner, Academy @ Worden, Leyland; and Margaret Banks, St Damian’s RC Science College, Greater Manchester.