Congratulations are in order for David Massiah (94-96) on winning the annual ESU Global Best Teacher Prize, beating teachers nominated from across the globe! The ESU (English Speaking Union) is a prestigious society that was founded in 1918 for the advancement of education in the English-speaking world and has 55 branches around the world.
In his application, David highlighted how the role of oracy (speaking and listening sills) is not just about giving individuals skills, but empowering them to bring about social change: “The values of leadership and service are made central to an active and activist culture of oracy.”
David, who is based in Chile with his wife Corina, has many fond memories his time at Bedford and thanks his old English Master for inspiring him: “Dr. Palmer was my English teacher and the key teacher who inspired me and believed in me at Bedford School.” He even returned to Bedford in 2008 and had his wedding reception at the school.
When asked about his approach to teaching, David stated: “I try to help every student see what kind of leader they are in classes and develop the ‘nobility of excellence’ in the full school community and wider region.”
We hope to welcome David back again in the near future.