A WOMAN who has been teaching just a few months has been given a top award.
Jo Grant, of The Crescent, Easton-on-the-Hill, only achieved her qualifications to teach in the lifelong learning sector in February.
But earlier this month she was named tutor of the year as part of an awards ceremony Lincolnshire County Council held to recognise the achievements of adult learners.
Jo received a glass engraved award, a certificate and a Marks and Spencer’s voucher.
Jo said she was incredibly proud to receive the award.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it that I was the overall winner. It is something I never would have dreamed of but I am very proud.”
As a single mum, Jo was looking for something to occupy her time so she began volunteering at Easton Garford School where her 10-year-old son Shane is a pupil.
She still helps out part-time as a learning mentor helping the children to read.
After achieving her adult learning qualification, she contacted Rutland Adult Learning based at Casterton Business and Enterprise College to ask for work experience, which she did between April and July.
When the tutor retired from Rutland Adult Learning, Jo was offered a part-time position to teach book keeping.
She also teaches courses in accounting and crafts with Live and Learn, a community interest company which has a range of courses available across Stamford and Bourne.
It was Jo’s boss at Live and Learn Jane Schofield, who nominated Jo for the award because she was impressed not with her tutoring but also because Jo helps with administration work.
Jo said: “It was a complete surprise to find out my boss had nominated me. She showed me a letter she had written about me and at the bottom it said I had been nominated for an award, which I didn’t expect at all.
“It is nice to be recognised because I think I have achieved so much in a short amount of time. Teaching has built up my confidence a lot and the award just builds on that.”
Lincolnshire County Council’s learning and improvement manager Kaye Rushbrook said Jo was a worthy winner.
She said: “It’s all too easy to take the efforts of tutors like these for granted. This event was a chance to show them how much their work is appreciated.”
For more details on adult learning opportunities visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lifelonglearning.