AN inspiring teacher from Ringwood School who was nominated by his students and colleagues has picked up an award for being their teacher of the year.

Maths leader Steve Trubacik was one of 55 finalists selected from more than 20,000 nominations in the Silver Pearson teaching award.

Mr Tubacik will attend a ceremony in London’s Guildhall in October, which will be filmed by the BBC, where ten of the silver award winners will receive a gold award.

Mr Trubaciks’ Year 12 group said in their nomination: “He makes you believe you can do well. We recognise that he gives us 100 per cent and want to give the same back.

“He is a legend in his own lifetime.”