Dyslexic Teacher Wins U.K. Teacher of Year

By Bryan Toporek — October 28, 2009 1 min read
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Edward Vickerman, the head of business at England’s Freeston Business and Enterprise College—the equivalent of a high school in America—recently won the British outstanding new teacher of the year award despite suffering from dyslexia.

“I was told I could never be a teacher, so this award is for anyone like me who is dyslexic and wants to teach,” he said.

Vickerman keeps his students in the loop about his dyslexia and avoids any issues with writing by incorporating new technologies into his classroom.

Having received a degree in hotel management before switching to teaching, Vickerman hopes to provide his students with what it takes to succeed.

“He is the most talented, exciting and enthusiastic teacher we have ever had, with skills way beyond our expectations,” said Vickerman’s colleague who recommended him for the award.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.