UA PhD in Mathematics Pedro Martínez receives his award as Best Secondary School Teacher in Spain 2018
UA Nursing senior lecturer José Ramón Martínez Riera was also nominated as a finalist in the University category.
Alicante, Tuesday 27 February 2019
On 23 February 2019, the Gala EDUCA ABANCA Awards for Best Teacher of Spain 2018 in the categories of Childhood, Primary, Secondary, Vocational Training and University Education took place in th ecity of Santiago de Compostela.
University of Alicante PhD in Mathematics and Scientific-Technical Applications Pedro Martínez collected his statuette, an economic prize of €1,000 and an accrediting diploma as Best Secondary Teacher in Spain.
The University of Alicante lecturer and member of the research group in Popularisation of Mathematics DIMATES, reminded us that only that which passes through the filter of emotions and touches our heart deserves a space in our brain and insisted on the relevance of putting an end to segregation, exclusion and overcrowded classrooms. Students need teachers who can give them a hand and guide their learning. According to Pedro Martínez, they need a consistent law on education for their present and future.
During the prize-giving ceremony, which was attended by a good number of authorities from the fields of education, business and politics, statuettes and diplomas were also awarded to the 10 finalists in each category. As a finalist in the University category, University of Alicante senior lecturer from the Department of Community Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Public Health and History of Science José Ramón Martínez Riera, the only professor selected in the University of the Valencia region category, also received his award.
The Gala was preceded by the presentation of the book "50 Historias de éxito docente” which gathers all the personal and professional life history of the finalists and winners of the EDUCA ABANCA Awards for Best Teacher in Spain 2017 and 2018. The work includes the experiences of Pedro Martínez and José Ramón Martínez Riera of the UA, shows the strengths of its protagonists, but also the obstacles they have encountered in the path of teaching.