Meet the judges

We have assembled a fantastic panel of experts and industry-insiders representing different facets of English language teaching.

Learn more about this year’s judges, what they're looking for and why they’re excited to be part of the Teacher Award.

jeremy harmer

Jeremy Harmer

Author and Methodology legend in the ELT arena, Jeremy has been working with Pearson for many years and has most recently been involved in some work representing “voice of the teacher,” so he is an ideal person to have as a judge.

Jeremy will be looking for a teacher who demonstrates ongoing curiosity about the world around them. ‘Together with genuine care for the students they work with, this shouts ‘great teacher’ at me,’ he explained.

freya thomas monk

Freya Thomas Monk

Recently appointed Senior Vice President of English & Schools, Freya had these uplifting words to say, ‘Teachers can transform lives- millions of learners around the world learn English in a classroom and their teachers inspire them to become proficient communicators of the English language.’ 

emily gale

Emily Gale

BBC Editor of English content, Emily is very excited about being a judge, and explained that what she’ll be looking for when reviewing this year’s submissions is ‘examples of teachers using digital resources in exciting and innovative ways, to support the different learning styles of their students.’

nick robinson

Nick Robinson

Co-founder of ELT Jam, with his finger on the pulse of all things ELT, Nick commented, ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be asked to work with Pearson in recognizing the amazing work that teachers do.’

Nick will be looking for teachers who demonstrate they are putting the learner at the centre of the decisions they make in class.