Friday Hero

11th May 2001 at 01:00
Janet Thomason is head of modern foreign languages at Longsands College in St Neots, Cambridgeshire,where she has worked for 19 years.

Last year, Janet acted as a mentor to three newly-qualified teachers in her department, and they all sing her praises. One of them, Jennie Hall, has nominated Janet for this week's flowers, champagne and chocolates, saying she is "a positive symbol of how good mentoring keeps potentially good teachers in the profession. Those who start well are more likely to stay - I'm planning on staying". She says Janet never pretends to be superhuan "but her enthusiasm is the key to creating a happy department".

Robert Gynnne, principal of this 1,600-pupil foundation school, says the languages department has played a part in the school's success, and that Jennie's praise is "an eloquent and appropriate testimony to a warm and generous teacher".

Please send the name of your Friday Hero - and why he or she should get our goodies - to Sarah Bayliss, Friday magazine, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX, or email kindly supplied by Marks amp; Spencer

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