Sally Obertell was awarded an MBE for her services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sally was presented with this accolade recently at Buckingham Palace by The Prince of Wales. She has worked for John Ruskin College for 26 years and in Croydon for a total of 38 years with 12 years at Sylvan High School (now Harris Crystal Palace) where she had been an English and Drama teacher, Head of Department and Head of Year, joining John Ruskin College in 1990. She was part-time for two years, alongside another part-time job-shared post as Drama Adviser for London Borough of Croydon, going into primary schools and training teachers in how to embed drama into their teaching.
Sally commented in response to achieving this accolade, “I was totally overwhelmed by the occasion. I would like to thank the College for putting me forward for this award. I feel both privileged and very flattered at receiving this honour. The various roles I have undertaken have always been student focussed, whether it is through teaching, organising student activities, holding student focus groups or imparting information and advising prospective students about the College courses. I have loved every aspect of my career. The most rewarding part each year is seeing the faces of students at the College who have achieved their goals and are waiting to progress on their next step of their journey.”
The Principal and Chief Executive, Mohammed Ramzan, concludes “This honour is exceptionally well deserved. Sally has supported young people at John Ruskin College since 1990 and has worked tirelessly to develop the links with local schools and community groups. She is truly the students’ champion!”