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UK Teacher of the Year honoured at City vs Birmingham

  • 14 April 2010 11:19
  • Posted by Damaris Treasure

When an 11-year-old schoolboy contacted the Club about his Stockport born, City mad teacher, he never imagined that it would result in a behind-the-scenes visit to Manchester City FC and congratulations on his teaching from former England player Mike Summerbee.

Pupil Ben Hankin emailed City after his teacher, Steve Mills, won the UK Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School. A lifelong fan and season ticket holder, Steve received his honours at the City vs. Birmingham game last Sunday.

Ben told us that his classroom had an MCFC plaque and that Steve, who was born in Stockport, was such a devoted fan he should be honoured by the club. Steve commented:  "Ben is a persistent chap and a really good pupil. It wasn’t until the Club got back to him with dates that I realised this was serious stuff. It’s an honour to be recognised in this way. I’ve been a fan all my life and meeting Mike Summerbee was amazing.

"The UK Teaching Awards was one of the best days of my life and I’ve been having a great time ever since. Thanks to Ben here’s another golden opportunity. Another dream has just come true."

According to Ben, "Mr Mills is funny and loves his sport. He makes lessons really fun and interesting so you sometimes learn things without even realising it. He encourages everyone to do their best. And he has a great saying pinned up on the wall, 'The harder you work, the luckier you will be.' You can tell he really enjoys teaching and helping us to achieve great results in all we do, either in lessons or in sport.

After meeting Mike Summerbee, Steve watched players warm up from the side of the pitch and then took his seats for the match with his family– all devoted City fans.

The judges who watched him teach last year said: "Steve Mills is a truly gifted teacher, a role model for the children, a credit to his profession and an extraordinary human being. It was a pleasure to see him teach."

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