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Moray and Banffshire Heroes: 'Becoming a teacher was best decision I ever made'

By Chris Saunderson

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HELPING young people take the first positive steps into the world of work is all the reward Jenna Ogg needs as a teacher.

Jenna Ogg (left) receives her award from Marion Martin, Senior Production Manager of Associated Seafoods.Picture: Beth Taylor
Jenna Ogg (left) receives her award from Marion Martin, Senior Production Manager of Associated Seafoods.Picture: Beth Taylor

The Buckie High School teacher – she is head of the business studies and computer department – is passionate about supporting the students to make the transition from school to work.

She is also the Career Ready co-ordinator at the school, supporting pupils to gain confidence and

prepare for when they take the big step into the workplace.

Jenna (30) was named Secondary School Teacher of the Year (sponsored by Associated Seafoods) at the Moray and Banffshire Heroes awards.

One of her nominations said Jenna had a “fantastic rapport" with the students and "always seemed to go the extra mile" to ensure they felt supported.

Jenna said of her award: "It's amazing. I never expected it and I feel so privileged to accept this award."

After doing a business management degree at Robert Gordon University, Jenna then completed a teaching qualification at Aberdeen University.

However, she admitted teaching had not initially been in her sights.

"It was a bit of a change. I left school to do a business management degree because I didn't know what I was going to do and I thought that would open a lot of doors.

"Personal circumstances led me to not being very sure of what to do. My family spoke about teaching and what an aspirational career it could be to get into, so I decided to go for it and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Jenna, originally from Aberlour but now living in Urquhart, has been teaching for seven years. She taught at Milne's High School in Fochabers and Lossiemouth High before moving to Buckie.

"It's fantastic supporting the kids and building relationships with them. Helping them to go on to a positive destination is really rewarding.

"I do the Career Ready programme where I support kids going out to local employers to do work experience and build skills."

She paid tribute to all secondary school teachers when lifting the award.

"I feel all secondary teachers do an amazing job. It is a very challenging career, every day is different and there are lots of things that test you, but when you see pupils develop it is so rewarding.

"I am really chuffed and honoured to be here," she added.

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