EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Retired staff member from Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, takes her place on the judging panel
Nominations for this year's Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards close in two weeks' time.
Just eight days later, a panel of judges will meet to decide which pupils, students, teachers, support staff and schools will be invited to our awards evening at Spalding's South Holland Centre on Thursday, July 4, at 7pm.
One of the judging panel will have been a familiar face to students at Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, where she was a staff member for a number of years.
Fay Baillie (formerly Houltby) worked at schools in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire for more than 35 years before retiring in 2014.
Her ties with south-east Lincolnshire also include a spell as churchwarden at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Kirton.
Mrs Baillie said: "I was born and grew up in Grantham, but because my mum was from Spalding, I spent a lot of time in the south-east Lincolnshire area.
"I went to university in Derby where I trained as a primary school teacher, then lived and worked in Nottinghamshire for 21 years before returning to Lincolnshire in 1999 when I settled in Kirton.
"Although I have held other jobs, I have a lot of experience in education, having worked with children from nursery to secondary ages.
"I have taught and also worked as a support staff member, most recently worked to support students with physical disabilities and special learning needs in their education.
"As an ex-school governor as well, I think the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards are great.
"When you work with children, you don't do it for praise or recognition.
"But it is wonderful, and a great boost, when what you have been doing is recognised.
"Likewise, it is a wonderful boost for children and young people to have their achievements praise, something that they thrive on."
You can nominate an individual, group, pre-school and/or school in one or more of the awards’ 11 categories.
Nomination forms are available by emailing Denise Vickers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01775 765400.
The closing date for completed nomination forms is Wednesday, May 22, at 5pm.
The categories are Contribution to the Community, sponsored by Bakkavor Group; Environmental Award, sponsored by South Holland District Council; Pre-School of the Year, sponsored by Riverside Training; Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary), sponsored by Springfields Outlet Shopping and Leisure; Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Secondary), sponsored by Produce Industry Expo 2019; Most Improved Student, sponsored by Worldwide Fruit; Student of the Year, sponsored by Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers; Outstanding Sporting Achievement, sponsored by Double G Clothing; Primary School of the Year, sponsored by Moore Thompson Chartered Accountants; Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by Freshtime UK; Support Staff Award, sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors.