ANGELA Smith has been crowned Scarborough’s best teacher.
Mrs Smith, who teaches at St Martin’s Primary School, landed the title after beating more than 55 fellow classroom heroes to the honour.
The 27-year-old, from Newby, was chosen after impressing judges with her effervescent attitude in providing youngsters in her reception class with fun activities and lessons as well as exciting school trips.
Mrs Smith, who has taught at the school for five years, was yesterday presented with the title in a special ceremony and received a commemorative certificate and trip to Scarborough’s Sea Life Centre for her whole class to mark her victory.
She said: “This is a really lovely way to end the year.
“I was shocked to find out I had won and a little overwhelmed but it is such a wonderful feeling to be nominated by the children.
“I was due to leave a little earlier this year but I’ve hung on to see them through to the end of their year and see them move on.
“They are all so bubbly and outgoing and great to teach.”
Mrs Smith, who will shortly leave the school to have a baby, was praised by her colleague and school headteacher Stephanie Brown.
She added: “We are delighted Angela has won.
“She is extremely hard working and absolutely loves the children.
“Nothing is ever too much trouble for her and we are all going to miss her next year.”
Mrs Smith was nominated by three pupils, Grace Mellor, Joshua Rigg and Benjamin Walters-Hardy.
Five-year-old Benjamin said: “Mrs Smith once built a den for us in the classroom and I love the sports she teaches us.
“She has also taken us on a trip to the beach and gives us stamps and stickers for good work.”
Joshua, also aged five, said: “Mrs Smith is wonderful and I don’t want to leave her class as it is an amazing classroom.
“It has sand, water, lego, trains, a dressing up area and Mrs Smith thinks learning is done through play and we learn so much as we play all the time!”
Five-year-old Grace added: “I think Mrs Smith is the best.”
The competition also saw four runners-up, including Hinderwell School’s Sarah Dew.
Mrs was praised by pupils for her musical skills and work with the school’s choir and productions.
Kenny Young, of Wheatcroft School, was also put forward.
His nominators Melissa Sanderson and Lexy White enjoyed his teaching of bird calls and survival tips and his Friday Facts game.
Cayton School’s Mr Kirby was another teacher who came close to lifting the title.
He was singled out by pupils Taylor Atkinson and Olivia Hall for his use of electronic gadgets and models in lessons and how he always went to school sports days to cheer on the youngsters.
The final runner-up was Mr Drewell from Filey Junior School.
Kyhannah Hamilton nominated him for his caring and helpful ways.