The EDUCA platform and ABANCA Social Work have made known the names of the winners of the fourth edition of their awards in which the professional work of teachers from all over Spain is recognized in the different educational stages. In the category of higher education, the professor of the University of La Laguna David Perez Jorge has obtained the second national place out of a total of ten finalists, after Javier Cachón Zagalaz, from the University of Jaén. The awards ceremony will take place online on February 27.
This call, of which its fifth edition is already underway, recognizes the teaching work and good educational practices. Any student can present one or more teachers to the contest that they admire for their good practice through the form available on the web www.mundoeduca.org. In the case of Infant and Primary stages, the families will make the proposals.
With a degree in Pedagogy from the University of La Laguna, David Pérez Jorge is also a graduate in Primary Education and a Doctor of Philosophy and Education Sciences from this academic center. It has a ten postgraduate master’s and expert degrees, such as the University Master’s Degree Educate in Diversity; Expert in Evaluation of the Quality of University Education, the Master in Sleep, Physiology and Medicine; Master in Intercultural Mediation or Master in Educational Competences and Intervention with Minors.
David Pérez is currently a professor in the Department of Didactics and Educational Research at the University of La Laguna, in addition to teacher at UNED, teaching subjects related to the design and development of educational programs, psychological processes and learning bases. He has been researching since 2006 in the field of evaluation of academic and professional competencies and learning of both teachers and students. Finally, since 2012 he has focused his line of research on education for diversity, the processes of academic guidance and educational advice and in the field of health education. At the moment he directs the University Master’s Degree in Psychopedagogical Intervention in contexts of Formal and Non-Formal Education at the University of La Laguna. The professor also collaborates in research with the universities of Crete, Krakow, Prague, Chile and several Spanish universities.
“Has been an award of the most important of my life, because it supposes a recognition of the students to the work and daily delivery. My teaching experience has been very long and extensive in the non-university environment, in fact, I taught for twenty years in Primary and Secondary and I always felt the warmth, support and recognition of both classmates and parents, but especially I have been in the heart the constant gratitude and affection of my students ”, assures the awarded teacher.
Eight years ago he entered college full time. “I still remember the affectionate farewell to my school, with a human corridor applauding to the door the day I left, to face the challenge of getting to university train future teachers and pedagogues. This is an award shared with all of them because without the mark that each one has left on me, none of this would have been possible ”, says David Pérez.
“Beyond what the award means, what really fills me with this recognition is feeling that what I teach and how I teach it interests and likes my students.” The teacher is aware of his short university degree. “There is no greater challenge for a teacher than to continue feeling the desire to learn, this is my maxim today. Thanks to my university, my students and thanks to all those who encouraged me to live the challenge and responsibility of teaching ”.
These awards seek to give visibility to good teaching practices, while giving students a voice when it comes to recognizing teachers who stand out for their good teaching. The purpose of this initiative, launched in 2017, is to praise the figure of the good teacher and give them the social recognition they deserve.
Among the finalists of this year’s edition are another ten teachers from the Archipelago, although in different school stages. Thus, in the case of Secondary Education and Bachelor, the teacher of the La Cuesta Salesian School, Juan Francisco Falcó, is in fifth place in this award. Meanwhile, Professor Esteban Gabriel Santana, from CEIP Santa Bárbara de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is in sixth place among the best Early Childhood Education teachers.