And there were plenty more winners
Drama teacher Ruth Williams won the Guardian award for secondary teacher of the year (see story above). Outstanding newcomerwas former wine-merchant-turned-secondary-school teacher Phil Jones, from Eirias high school in Colwyn Bay. Winner of the lifetime achievement award, head Allan Evans, from Queen Elizabeth Cambria comprehensive, Carmarthen, joked: "I think this award is a hint that it's time to retire."
During the coming weeks, TES Cymru will be profiling not only these outstanding teachers but all the Welsh winners: teaching assistant Sharon Bowen, Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen; Julia Buckley-Jones, Ysgol Gwaenynog infants, Denbigh, for working with business and community; Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerffili, Caerphilly, for healthy schools; secondary head Alun Griffiths, Cefn Saeson comprehensive, Neath; primary head Peter Jones, St David's Church in Wales school, Cardiff; primary teacher Valerie Luxton, Model VA primary, Carmarthen; teaching assistant Liz Norman, Moorland primary, Cardiff; Morwel Palmer, Spittal VC primary, Haverfordwest, for Welsh language; and special-needs teacher Meinir Rees, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, Cardiff.