Adam Purland, who graduated from Kent in 2009 with a degree in Mathematics and has taught at Hartsdown Academy in Margate for the past four and a half years, has been named as district champion in the Top Maths Teacher category at the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards. The Awards, organised by the KM Charity Team in partnership with the KM Group, celebrate excellence and achievements in schools.
Adam was nominated by a Year 11 student, who was able to improve his grade from F to B in just 6 months thanks to his after school learning sessions with Adam.
Adam said: “Being nominated was a complete surprise. The most important thing for me is to build strong relationships with students so that they really enjoy Maths, which is a great subject. The reason we all teach is to make a positive difference and it is really gratifying when you see students reach their potential, even if it takes a lot of perseverance.”
Executive head teacher of Hartsdown Academy, Andy Somers, said: “Adam’s reward is richly deserved. He is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher and the Hartsdown family are very proud of his achievement.”