Geography teacher Michael Smith from The Deepings School was lost for words after winning Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Secondary) 2015.
But Mr Smith was still gracious enough to share his success with fellow finalists Rachel Capper, colleague and history teacher at The Deepings School, and Sunit Keshwara who teaches science at Bourne Academy.
Mr Smith said: “I can’t believe it and I can only think that my passion for geography made the staff and students nominate me.
“I am absolutely astounded to have won this award and feel truly flattered, even though I really enjoy my job and there’s nothing better than seeing young people share my passion for geography.
“I feel very privileged to have been nominated by the pupils and staff at The Deepings School and it is fantastic to know that the work I put in is acknowledged by them.
“The colleagues that work around me are my inspiration and I am thankful to them for their support.
“My congratulations also go to Rachel Capper for being put forward for the award as she is an absolutely outstanding teacher and is loved by all of us at The Deepings School.”
Mrs Capper said: “I was delighted, as was Mike, to be nominated by the staff and students of our school because to be considered inspirational by the children I teach is a huge honour and truly humbling.
“Mike and I work closely together and I am delighted that his commitment to the school and students has been recognised. I am proud to say that Mike is a worthy winner.”
The judges said: “Michael’s rapid promotion after just two years to head up the school’s geography department, his ability to champion the subject with his students day in and day out, and the lengths he is prepared to go to encourage and motivate those alongside him speaks of a teacher who is truly inspirational.