by MARY MAGEE
Alison Knox with her class. US2408-109A0
Picture By: Aidan O'Reilly
Laura in the final three for
Outstanding New Teacher award
young pupils of Pond Park Nursery will be cheering on their
teacher Laura Knox on Monday when she takes part in the finals
of the Teaching Awards.
Laura is one of three finalists in the search
to find the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year. The winners
will be announced at a special event at the Waterfront Hall and
will receive a coveted 'Plato' - the Teaching Awards symbol of
excellence in education.
Laura was nominated by the parent of one of
her pupils, Maeve Falconer who is trained in child care and was
hugely impressed by her son's teacher .
"What impressed me about Laura was how she
has adopted to each individual child and knows each child in the
class and seems to understand that individual child," said
"My child James attends the school and we
felt that things she has done have really helped me with him,
both in and out of school. "For example my child was having
nightmares about monsters and I happened to mention this to her.
Our house is near the army watchtower and she told him that he
was safe from monsters and that the army were keeping our house
safe. Since then there have been no nightmares and he sleeps
"I feel that Laura has such a natural ability
with children and she understands them. It is also important to
know that when you are dropping your child off at the school
they are going to be so well cared for.'
Laura said that she was 'honoured' to be
nominated for the award.