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Moray teacher Sheena nominated for national award

By Alistair Whitfield

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A Moray primary school stalwart who’s set to retire after four decades of service has been nominated for a national teacher of the year award.

Sheena with pupils at Dyke Primary School.
Sheena with pupils at Dyke Primary School.

Sheena Tulloch, who teaches the youngest two classes at Dyke, has had her name put forward by Mhairi Ironside, a grateful parent.

Mum-of-two Mhairi said: “Sheena has been teaching at Dyke Primary for 33 years out of her 40-year career, and her mum taught at the school before her.

“As well as a great teacher, Sheena is a community hero, who plays a big part in everything from the community council to the village hall committee.

“My daughter was taught by Sheena in primary 1 during the pandemic. We’d just returned to Scotland after living in France and it was Sheena who taught my daughter to speak, read and write in English.

“My son was also taught by Sheena and is doing brilliantly well. When he left her class he said he hoped for another teacher as good.

“It’s hard to describe what Sheena is like but she has a wonderful presence and nothing ever seems to faze her. The children love her and the same goes for parents. Sheena is always happy to chat, reassure and welcome.

“Dyke Primary is a lovely, small school with around 70 pupils out in the Moray countryside and all of the teachers are great.

“As Sheena is retiring this year and is so popular, well-known and well-loved, it seemed fitting to nominate her.”

Stephen Simpson, Dyke’s headteacher, said: “Sheena is passionate about early years education and is known right across the wider area as the go-to person for help and advice.

“She’s always happy to pass on her experience and to welcome colleagues into her class to share her knowledge.

“Sheena is unique in so many different ways and is loved by everyone.”

The teacher of the year contest is organised by a company called Miconex and sponsored by GiftRound.

Nominations can be made at teacheroftheyear.co.uk untli the end of August.

The winner will be announced during September.

Both the teacher and their school will receive a £500 Scotland Loves Local gift card, such as the Moray Gift Card.

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