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Video: ‘Inspiring’ Dagenham teacher is top of the class

PUBLISHED: 16:25 20 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:41 21 May 2013

Fiona Goodwin with Yasmin Alsaady, 11, Richard Abdulajevas,10, Frankie Hastings, 11 and Omotola Animashaun, 11

Fiona Goodwin with Yasmin Alsaady, 11, Richard Abdulajevas,10, Frankie Hastings, 11 and Omotola Animashaun, 11

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A teacher who has dedicated almost 40 years of service to one school has been named runner up in a national competition.

Fiona Goodwin, deputy head at William Ford C of E Junior School, in Dagenham, was awarded a distinction in The Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement category at the Pearson Teaching Awards.

The 59-year-old started at the school when she was just 22 and has enjoyed it so much she’s still there almost four decades later.

Fiona, who has taught two generations of a number of families, said she was delighted to receive her distinction: “I didn’t expect it at all – it’s defintely come as a surprise,” she said.

Asked what she loves most about her job, Fiona replied: “No two days are the same and the children are fantastic.”

Omotola Animashaun, 11, told the Post: “Miss Goodwin is a good teacher because her lessons and assemblies are inspiring,” while Frankie Hastings, 11, said “she is a brilliant teacher because she works extremely hard to give us a good education.”


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