Teacher in Dubai wins Dh220,000, receives award
Dubai - He was named the 'Most Inspirational Teacher' during an awards ceremony.
A teacher in Dubai was recently named the Most Inspirational Teacher during the fourth edition of the annual Mariamma Varkey Awards for Inspirational and Outstanding Teaching. The winning teacher received a top prize of Dh220,000 during a ceremony held at GEMS World Academy on October 3, 2019.
Mohammad Abusenenh from GEMS United School was announced as the 'Most Inspirational Teacher'. Mohammad's work has been transformational over the last three years both inside and outside the classroom. His students say his classes stretch them to think, react, imagine and create, not just regurgitate knowledge, and this has had an evident impact, with a steady improvement in progress and attainment in Arabic and Islamic.
Outside the classroom Mohammad gets involved in everything from coaching soccer teams to KHDA panel participation and his commitment to educating the community about Islamic values and Arab culture is clear through numerous initiatives, particularly the school's first ever student-run National Day celebration.
Four others were awarded for their outstanding commitment to the holistic development of students. The five winners were: Annamma Lucy of Our Own English High School (Boys) - Sharjah (Early & Primary Years Teaching); Ayesha Aslam of GEMS Westminster School - Sharjah (Secondary Years); Elspeth Mackie of GEMS Wellington Academy-Al Khail (Inclusion); and Ramy Wagdy Aboudishdish of Cambridge International School-Dubai (Arabic & Islamic). Each received AED 88,080 as cash prizes along with a citation. The total cash prizes presented through the awards were over AED 570,000.
On winning the 'Most Inspirational Teacher' award; Mohammad Abusenenh said: "I feel overwhelmed with pride and joy after winning this prestigious award and it motivates me for years to come to do better and give more. I would like to thank first and foremost my dear students who are the reason behind my success, and I would like to thank my fellow teachers and my school for supporting me to get here tonight. Thank you GEMS Education for this amazing opportunity, and I am very happy to be here and celebrate between my family and friends."
Teachers were nominated based on specific criteria and had to demonstrate remarkable impact upon their students and the wider community, while also employing pioneering, creative, inclusive and innovative pedagogical practices that engage and challenge students in their learning. In addition, nominated teachers had to be reflective practitioners who continue to inspire and motivate students and colleagues while engaging parents in the progress of their children's learning.