Teacher David’s award for ‘an incredible job’

Limavady High School teacher, David Young has been celebrated as one of the most pioneering educators in the world.

The teacher was awarded the ‘Knowledge Building Category’, as part of Microsoft Corp.’s annual Global Forum Educator Awards last Saturday.

During the ceremony, held in the prestigious Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic to mark the culmination of the 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum, Microsoft announced 18 winners, narrowed down from more than 250,000 teachers registered across national and regional forums throughout the year.

School Principal Mr Laverty congratulated Mr Young for achieving this International Award. Mr Laverty said: “We had a really good feeling about David’s project - Infinity Architecture - not least because it was created by harnessing the talent of our students, liaising with students on a cross sectoral basis from the Primary, Special and Post Primary sectors. The final Nurture Centre design if it were to be built would be used by students in a special school setting in their pursuit of excellence. We are exceedingly proud of Mr Young and of the pupils of Limavady High School who worked with him and were guided by him on this project.”

Speaking about his success David said: “I am proud to represent Limavady High School, my students and Northern Ireland at such a highly acclaimed international educational event. Having dedicated long hours and a great amount of effort to developing architecture which would advance teaching methods it is amazing to be recognized as the winner of this category. As educators our priority is making sure that our work has impact outside of the classroom and prepares students for the next stage of their lives, so to be recognized as educators making a difference was important to us. Through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program, we plan to share our experiences with other teachers and hope our work can help others in classrooms around the world.”

Tom Jackson, Microsoft Education Business and Programme Manager NI, said “We are honoured to recognize David, amongst the winners for the work that has been done to enrich the educational experiences of children around the world. David has done an incredible job in inspiring his students and colleagues so far and we congratulate him on this award. We must continue to invest in the development of enhanced learning environments that lead to better outcomes for the future.”