Teacher of the Year 2017 is announced

18 July 2017

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Alex Crutchley voted Brock Teacher of the Year by students

Physics teacher Alex Crutchley has been named Brock Teacher of the Year 2017 following a student poll organised by the Students’ Union.

Alex was the clear winner in terms of both the number of votes cast and the reasons given in the online vote.

In 22 years at the College he has seen many changes and helped hundreds of students get the grades they needed for university.

Among his achievements is leading annual trips to CERN in Switzerland – home to the world’s most advanced particle physics laboratory.

This year Alex and his colleagues secured special access to the facility, enabling students to visit the famous Atlas Detector.

He also encouraged students to submit a special application to conduct experiments alongside leading researchers – something that was ultimately successful.

One student wrote: “Alex’s lessons are relaxed and well-structured, and while Physics is a pretty hardcore subject, he still manages to make it fun.”

Meanwhile, another student wrote: “Alex has inspired me to pursue my ambition of teaching… I know that if I do half as good a job as he does, then I will be doing amazingly well.”

After all the excitement died down we contacted Alex to get his thoughts on winning the coveted title.

He said: “Brock students are always so enthusiastic and loyal, and I am honoured that they have voted me Teacher of the Year.

“Teaching is fun. You get to talk all day about the subject you are passionate about, and, most importantly, help students realise their potentials.”

Alex wasn’t the only teacher to be honoured in this way. Creative Writing teacher Brendan McCusker won the title of Community Teacher of the Year for his work as part of Brock’s Adult Learning & Leisure provision.