Monday, 1 August 2011

Steph Smith Award goes to Sally Michie

Sally Michie (23) of Aberdeen has followed a lifelong ambition to work with children and her commitment to education saw her receive the Steph Smith Award for 2011.
The award was created in memory of University of Aberdeen BEd student Steph Smith, from Nairn, who died in April 2009.

It is presented to the fourth year student on the Bachelor of Education course recognised by peers and tutors as exemplifying excellence in their values and commitment to community learning, life and laughter.  

Sally was presented with the award by Steph’s parents. She said: “I felt privileged to receive such a special award and I’ll never forget that day. It meant a lot that her mum and dad presented the award. It’s so important to keep her memory alive.  I was overwhelmed and it was a very emotional day.”

While studying for her degree, Sally, a former Oldmachar Academy pupil, was also working for the charity Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) to support autistic children.
She plans to teach in Aberdeen and will undertake her probationary year at the city’s Braehead Primary School.

She said: “My heart has always been working with children and I’m so excited to begin my probationary year at Braehead in August.”
Sally will be graduating, with a 2:1 degree classification.

Steph's mum Liz speaking about her daughter to the Aspergillosis Support Group, Edinburgh

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