Nigerian teacher in Cambridge Prize top 60

A Greensprings School chemistry teacher, Mr Lanre Oguntoye, emerged in the top 60 of 7,000 nominated teachers from 113 countries in this year’s Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Award.

Oguntoye, according to a statement on Wednesday, also received national honors as the Lagos State Champion of Professor Maltina of the Year 2021 and Inspirational Teacher of the Year 2019 from the Meadow Hall Foundation.

“To get the award, he was nominated by the school’s Anthony campus manager, Emmanuella Ilok, and in the nomination video sent to Cambridge University Press and Assessment, the organizer of the award, the student spoke about Mr. Oguntoye’s ability to break down complexes. Chemistry concepts in easy-to-understand chunks of knowledge.

“As well as this she revealed how he has been her support system, influenced her interest in chemistry at A level and how the teacher always makes sure all students are coached when teaching. She also discussed how Mr. Oguntoye is helping to expand chemistry literacy beyond Greensprings School through his YouTube channels and other online platforms,” the statement read in part.

Reacting, Oguntoye said he dedicates the honor to all members of Greensprings School.

He said: “I am happy to have been shortlisted for Cambridge’s Top 60 Dedicated Teachers award. Recognition is a great way to start this third quarter, and I dedicate the award to Ms. Lai Koiki, our CEO; Dr. Barney Wilson, our Deputy Director of Education; and all students and staff in our school community.

The Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards are a global competition in which primary and secondary teachers are recognized for something wonderful they have done.

Nominations are submitted by students, parents or fellow teachers, and the quality of nominations is determined based on four criteria: going above and beyond; a fantastic pastoral; do the ordinary, the extraordinary; and open the world.