Highly Commended Learning Professional: Catherine Ann Campbell

We are delighted to introduce you to one of our 2017 Highly Commended Learning Professionals, Catherine Ann Campbell!

Catherine has worked as a Librarian at Shawbost School and now works as the School Assistant at Breasclete School, both in the Western Isles. She goes above and beyond to develop a love of reading in the children she works with, including:

  • Promoting the ‘Faclan Og, Western Isles’ festival, which paired writers with schools to get children excited about stories
  • Encouraging children to talk about books and write about their thoughts in book reviews and recommendations
  • Working closely with pupils with dyslexia and other additional support needs to help them develop a love of reading

The support and attention that Catherine has shown to individual children has helped all of the pupils to progress as readers.

Feedback from pupils

Catherine made a lasting impressing on the pupils at Shawbost School:

“The school without Mrs Campbell is Easter without eggs, Christmas without trees or even school without lunch! She was practically never in a bad mood. It will be pretty hard for Breasclete to appreciate her as much as we did.” Tom, P6

“Mrs Campbell did a good job in our school. I chose my books to read and then I would take them over to her desk. Then she used her computer and she would know that I had taken (the book) out. I definitely enjoyed using the library.” Iain, P5

More Inspiration

You can find out more about inspiring learning professionals working in Scotland by reading about our 2017 winner Susan Morton, or our other highly commended learning professionals: Kirsten Hume and Lindsey Barley.

Nominate your 2018 winner

We believe that the work being done by teachers and librarians across Scotland to inspire children and young people to read for pleasure is worth celebrating, which is why we created this award.

Catherine was nominated by her colleagues at Shawbost and Braesclete Schools who recognised the outstanding impact she had made on the pupils there. Have you or one of your colleagues inspired children and young people to read for pleasure? We would love to hear about it.

Nominations for the 2018 Learning Professional Award are now open, and you have until 22 November 2017 to nominate yourself or a colleague to win. Find out more here.