A language teacher at Winstanley College has been honoured with an award from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) for her outstanding contribution to local education.
Viv Hawksworth, who has taught Spanish for over 37 years, was nominated by her friend and colleague Isabel Jiminez. The judges were impressed to hear of Viv’s dedication to Winstanley College, having never taught anywhere else.
Isabel said: ‘I have only had the pleasure to work beside Viv for the last 11 years and during this time there hasn’t been once when she wasn’t ready to help you with any query you might have. Viv has also been a great head of department leading us all and ensuring that we have all shared her values and desire to excel. One of her most admirable qualities is her optimism: nothing fazes her! Viv just gets on with it, and will ensure that everything is really well done, perfection is what she strives for.”
Viv was presented the award at a ceremony at The Bellingham Hotel in Wigan. Making the award even more poignant is that Viv is just two months away from her retirement.
A delighted Viv commented: ‘It is a fabulous time to receive the award; it feels like I have some recognition and thanks for all the years which is just lovely. I’ve enjoyed every moment of my career and having such brilliant students and colleagues has certainly helped.’
Isabel added: ‘For her brilliance and devotion to teaching, she will be missed in our department and in the whole work place by everyone. Viv is irreplaceable.’