SCIENCE teacher Danny Breen is in a class of his own - and it is not just his pupils who think so.
The Leyland dad-of-three has received a silver accolade, out of more than 20,000 nominations, after being put forward for the Secondary School Teacher of the Year award in the national Pearson teaching Awards.
Daniel, who is head of science at Bowland High, in Clitheroe, was nominated by his appreciative students, past and present, one of whom wrote, “He is the best teacher ever!!!! I would not have passed biology without him, we could do with him teaching us for every lesson.”
Daniel was described as an exceptional science teacher at Bowland High School since 1998, where he is a highly respected and greatly admired member of staff.
Pupils “think the world” of him.
With his podiatrist wife Karen, he travelled to the Houses of Parliament after winning the regional nominations and last weekend the pair were invited to the national, televised, final at The Guild Hall in London .
Judges visited Danny at school, where they sat in on lessons, spoke to pupils and staff and governors.
The judges were told: “His wisdom, dedication and sheer hard work bring out the best in his pupils who work hard for him because they respect him and don’t want to let him down.
He leads by example, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues.”
They were told that as a result of his compelling teaching style, students do well in his subjects, often exceeding their expectations and this impacts on both results and young people’s esteem and self-confidence.
Teaching Awards judges said of him: “passionate about education, deep thinking, admired and loved by both children and colleagues, Daniel is indeed an outstanding teacher and a very worthy recipient of this prestigious Award.”
Mr Breen, who is dad to Molly, eight Nathan seven and six years old Evie, said he was “delighted and flattered” to have been nominated for the accolade and said it made it extra special that it was pupils who put him forward.
The modest science tutor added: “I am only doing what hundreds of thousands of teachers do every day but it is lovely to hear that the pupils put me forward.”
Born and raised in Leyland, Mr Breen is a former pupil at Leyland St Mary’s Catholic High School.