Cognita celebrates teaching excellence

Cognita celebrated the best and brightest of our staff at the Cognita Awards for Excellence 2015 gala and ceremony in Singapore on 14 May 2015. Between them, the 16 finalists in this year’s Awards hailed from every corner of the Cognita world – Brazil, Chile, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. They attended the prestigious event, held at Stamford American International School, along with over 300 teachers, leaders and other Cognita staff.

“Recognising our very best teachers and support staff is at the heart of our drive for excellence,” said Chairman Ralph Kugler, who spoke at the event along with Chief Executive Rees Withers. “Tonight is a time for celebration, recognition and honour – and for you, our finalists, pride.”

He continued: “Only with teachers like you, who push the boundaries, who use their creativity and who have a passion for excellence, can our children achieve more than they ever thought possible.”

In Cognita’s annual Awards for Excellence, leaders from each of Cognita’s schools are invited to nominate teachers and staff who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards of academic provision in the areas of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Learning/Specialist Support. There are also categories for non-teaching school support and head/regional office support.

Cognita’s educational leadership teams in Asia, Europe and Latin America selected finalists for their respective regions, after which a judging panel comprised of Cognita’s leaders and experts in the areas of education, human resources and school management selected the overall winners.

The Awards for Excellence 2015 winners were:


Early Years Practitioner of the Year:

Alison Moy, Classroom Teacher, Stamford American International School, Singapore


Learning Support Person of the Year:

Deborah Duffield, Learning Enrichment Teacher, Australian International School, Singapore


Primary Years Teacher of the Year:

Joel Heagney, Primary Teacher, Hastings School, Madrid, Spain


Secondary Years Teacher of the Year:

Lara Boyer, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, North Bridge House Senior School, London, UK


Non-Teaching School Support Person of the Year:

José Carrasco, Doorman, Colegio Manquecura Ciudad de los Valles, Santiago, Chile


Head/Regional Office Support Person of the Year:

Berioska Vaccaro, Office Manager, Regional Office, Chile


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