THE WOMAN in Education Award in The News Women of the Year Awards went to a stunned Shona Marshall.
The 55-year-old head of year and PE teacher, at Cowplain Community College, in Waterlooville, has been teaching for 33 years.
The News received lots of entries for the education category but Shona, from South Harting, was picked for being a truly remarkable teacher.
She was nominated by Anne Warren who said the relationships Shona develops with the students is truly unique.
Anne said: ‘On first greeting, the students probably believe they have a hard nut in front of them. But all she is doing is setting her discipline requirements.
‘If these are followed and not crossed, each student will them find themselves working with a teacher who will support them throughout good and bad times, never failing to be on their side and always ready for fun.’
At Thursday night’s ceremony, which was sponsored by luxury accessories brand She Who Dares, Shona was overwhelmed to have been chosen.
She said: ‘I was completely gobsmacked and I’m very humbled, it’s a bit of a shock.
‘I enjoy teaching very much, it’s great being with the children.
‘I’m very proud to receive this award.’