By Lucy Glynn
Lauren Binnington is Head of Sixth Form at the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, a Nord Anglia Education school. One of her main responsibilities is to help students maintain a healthy balance as they go through the challenging IB Diploma Programme in preparation for university and a life beyond school.
Lauren’s role demands far more than her job description and her commitment to her students goes beyond what is expected, but don’t take our word for it. One of our outstanding students Hikaru Hotta, now studying at Stanford University, nominated Lauren for the Stanford University Award for Exceptional Teaching.
After receiving a perfect score of 45 (out of 45 points) on his International Baccalaureate Diploma, and graduating from the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Hikaru nominated Lauren for the prestigious award.
“Ms. Lauren Binnington worked closely with me while I was Head Boy of BIS HCMC. She supported the development of the head student team and helped many ideas come to fruition. Moreover, she approached me countless times before I asked for help when I faced traumatic events and a substantial workload in term one of Year 13. Always one of the last people to leave school, she went out of her way to motivate her students. With deep appreciation, I owe my high school success to her,” Hikaru told Stanford Class of 2020.
Upon learning that she was nominated for the award, Lauren said that she was shocked and overwhelmed, commending her fellow teachers who also demonstrate passion and dedication to their students each day.
“This award is particularly important to me because it tells me that it is not only the academic guidance that students receive that is remembered beyond school; the pastoral support that we give really does make a difference to the lives of the students that we work with,” she told an audience of students at BIS HCMC.
Lauren went on to applaud BIS HCMC alumni for their continued success.
“Myself and the rest of my colleagues are incredibly proud of what [Hikaru] and other BIS HCMC alumni have achieved both in their time in school and since leaving us to attend some of the best universities in the world,” Lauren said.
Lauren’s nomination by a BIS HCMC alumni exemplifies the dedication, commitment and innovative methods that make Nord Anglia teachers leaders in education.