Perth teacher nominated for School Superhero award

A Perth teacher has been nominated for a School Superhero award as part of a national campaign to recognise staff working in schools.

Principal teacher at Pitcairn Primary School Mrs Sharlene Burns was nominated by Jennifer Stalker, whose children attend the Bridgeton Brae school.

The award is backed by Perth-based fintech company Miconex and gives families until August 31 to nominate their school superheroes who have made a positive contribution to their community.

All school superheroes are eligible to be nominated for an award, including teachers, teaching assistants, catering and lunchtime staff, administration teams, caretakers, coaches and volunteers.

Speaking on Mrs Burns’ outstanding dedication, Jennifer said: “My son Danny was taught by Mrs Burns in primary one and primary two.

“It was clear from when Danny started school that he really excelled in reading.

“Mrs Burns picked up on this straight away, and encouraged and developed this love of reading, organising a weekly paired reading session for Danny with an older child in primary six or seven, so he could discuss the books he was reading.

“Everything Mrs Burns does is above and beyond what could be expected of a teacher because she cares so much, and wants the best for the children, even if it means more work for her.

“Before the summer holiday, Mrs Burns sent out a video she’d made of photographs taken on a recent activity day at Willowgate.

“Needless to say, the majority of parents shed a few tears watching it and Mrs Burns admitted she shed a tear too while making it.”

She added: “Remote learning was new to everyone in 2020 but Pitcairn Primary School was brilliant.

“Mrs Burns has always been at the end of the phone for anything and goes out of her way to make sure each child is supported to achieve the best they can.

“She has been there throughout the children’s whole primary school experience and I can’t think of anyone better to have by their side.”

Fiona Lowson is the head teacher at Pitcairn Primary School and commented: “Mrs Burns is an excellent teacher and a first rate principal teacher.

“She sets high standards and is an example to all staff as well as being my right hand woman in school leadership. She has excellent relationships with pupils and staff.”

One school superhero will receive a £50 Town and City Gift Card for their choice of over 60 schemes around the UK and Ireland, including 17 schemes in Scotland such as the Perth Gift Card and the REDS Rural Gift Card, with their school or class receiving a £250 cash prize.

The Perth Gift Card can be spent with over 80 businesses in the city.

Managing director of Miconex Colin Munro said: “Teachers like Mrs Burns show the dedication, commitment and care that goes into teaching, and how valued teachers’ efforts are by the children, and their families too.

“We’re hearing stories from all around Scotland, but it’s particularly special to hear of this School Superhero in our home town of Perth.”

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