A LEEDS teacher who is deaf and teaches British sign language to students, has won a top teaching award for her tireless efforts.
Elizabeth Bojas has been named 2014 Regional teacher of the Year for Yorkshire and the Humber, in the annual Signature Awards, which is the governing body for all sign language qualifications.
She recently achieved a PGCE and helps candidates who are undertaking interpreting qualifications, up to level 6.
Elizabeth, who runs her own company called Reflect British Sign Language in Leeds, said: “I provide services for the deaf community; consultation, interpreting and training.
Elizabeth, who was nominated by her students, is determined that communication barriers faced by deaf people every day should be removed and services be more accessible to deaf people.
As part of Deaf Awareness Week 2014, she provided free training in deaf awareness and BSL to charities and local authority organisations.
The awards ceremony will take place in October at Durham Cathedral.
The Signature judges citation reads: “Elizabeth teaches Signature qualifications up to Level 2 at her own centre, Reflect BSL.
“She is warm and kind and puts students at ease using her wonderful sense of humour. She is a consummate professional who can teach British Sign Language (BSL) to anyone, those who want to learn for fun and those who want to learn so that they can work with deaf people. Her teaching style creates a positive learning environment, providing a strong foundation on which to learn, resulting in very high pass rates.
“She is passionate that her students are able to communicate to a standard as close to a first language BSL user as possible. She is happy to provide additional one to one support to those who need extra help.
“Her place of learning which is synonymous with quality, high standards and excellent results.”