Winners of the 2016Teachers of Physics awards

Theresa Conlong

Theresa Conlon
Kendrick School, Reading

Theresa Conlon is an outstanding teacher and educator, and her motto, “Physics is Fun”, reflects her approach. As head of physics at Kendrick since September 2010, she has brought in many changes, led and trained her staff and provided a real excitement and enthusiasm for the subject. Supported and inspired by Mrs Conlon, students participate in Olympiad competitions and have staged the physics play Copenhagen. Also Space Club, run by senior students, promotes events for the whole school, such as the Transit of Mercury. The initiatives have resulted in large numbers of students studying physics at A-level and a significant number taking physics or engineering at university each year. She is innovative and embraces new approaches that enable students to enjoy seeing physics in action in everyday life.

 

Maire Duffy

Máire Duffy
Clonkeen College, County Dublin

Máire Duffy is a highly committed and dedicated professional who has an excellent relationship with her students. She is hard-working and selfless in giving her time, often meeting students to provide one-to-one help. As a mentor to younger colleagues and an advocate for continuing professional development of physics teachers she is confident and generous in sharing her experiences and resources. As well as being the school's public relations officer and serving on its Advisory Board of Studies, she has facilitated many workshops to support local physics and science teachers, who have noted her friendly, energetic style. She is always willing to try out new strategies to convey physics concepts and she has created a fantastic reputation for physics in her school.

 

Martin Guy

Martin Guy
St Albans School, St Albans

Martin Guy is an excellent teacher who came to St Albans School with a broad background in academia and industry as well as experience in other excellent schools. He has recruited and developed a very strong team with a balance of male and female staff that has helped students at the school to achieve exceptional results in IGCSE and A-level – the best in the school, along with maths – and inspired many to read physics and engineering at top universities. He has strongly supported the Stephen Hawking Society, which brings eminent scientists, including the man after whom it is named, to the school to lecture to students from St Albans School and from many schools in the area.

 

Jennie Hargreaves

Jennie Hargreaves
Lockerbie Academy, Dumfriesshire

Jennie Hargreaves is an enthusiastic classroom practitioner who is popular with students and highly respected by her peers. Her students consistently do well in exams and she actively addresses barriers to learning for all pupils. As well as mentoring younger colleagues within her school, she has been keenly involved in regional events, both helping to organise the IOP’s workshops and separately running meetings and residential weekends for physics teachers. With tireless good humour and impeccable organisation she has worked with agencies beyond the school to bring physics to the wider public and to produce resources, including a road safety package developed with Police Scotland. She shows great imagination in generating ideas and has the resilience to see them through.

 

Shane Jenkins

Shane Jenkins
Gwernyfed High School, Brecon

Shane Jenkins is an inspirational, enthusiastic and committed teacher. He commands the respect of students with teaching that is contemporary, relevant and rigorous and as head of science he leads and inspires his team to achieve their best. His support and care for his students is matched by his tireless work to encourage them to improve, and since he has been at the school, numbers taking A-level physics have continued to increase. He has enthusiastically supported the school's astronomy club and its participation in the Faulkes Telescope Project, and through his keen involvement in the IOP's Physics Teacher Network he has helped to increase its impact in the local area enormously.

 

Ralston West

Ralston West
London Academy, Edgware

Ralston West is an exemplary practitioner, planning coherent, well-structured lessons that inspire, stretch and challenge. His commitment extends beyond the classroom, supporting staff and students to improve their knowledge and understanding of physics. His enthusiasm and passion for science is clearly demonstrated by his consistently high examination results.