Everyone remembers their favourite teacher – those who went above and beyond to get us through exams, made maths fun or blew our minds with cool science.
And now parents, pupils and governors across Surrey and Sussex are being asked to nominate a star teacher from their community, to recognise all they do for the next generation.
As part of its Star Awards, estate agent Roger Coupe is on the look-out for top teachers who go the extra mile for their students. The agent, which has served the south Surrey/West Sussex border area since 1991, launched the awards in October and is now keen to find a deserving recipient for its next accolade – star teacher.
James Britton, partner at Roger Coupe, said: "The work teachers do is so important, helping to mould, guide and inspire future generations. But they also work under great pressure with government targets, Ofsted visits and exam results all adding to their mounting to-do lists, so we thought they deserved to be recognised."
"As a community-focused firm, we launched the Star Awards to honour those in our neighbourhoods who go above and beyond – and now it is the turn of those unsung nursery, school and college workers to have their time in the limelight."
"Perhaps your drama teacher stays late every night for a month to ensure the annual summer play is ready for curtain up, your PE assistant comes in early to offer extra football coaching, or your head teacher gives up their breaks to help youngsters with revision or homework."
"Whoever it is, and whatever it is they do that makes them a teaching star, we want to hear from you. And our award is not just for teachers, but anyone who works in the classroom including assistants and special educational needs support staff."
Nominations are now open for the star teacher category and pupils, parents and governors from schools in and around Roger Coupe's catchment area, which includes Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Rudgwick, Dunsfold, Alfold, Shamley Green, Wonersh, Forest Green, Loxwood, Ifold and Kirdford, are invited to put forward the name of who they think should take the title.
To make a nomination email firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of your nominee, why they deserve to win, their contact details and where they live. Please also include your own contact details.
Nominations can be made until midnight on 28 February 2017.
Updated 9 February 2017