Brentwood teacher scoops Yale Educator Award

Jonathan Barfield-Moore was nominated by a former Brentwood School pupil who matriculated at the Ivy League institution last month

The deputy head (academic) at Brentwood School, Essex, has been rewarded for his teaching by an Ivy League university.

Jonathan Barfield-Moore has won a 2021 Yale Educator Award, which ‘recognises outstanding educators from around the world who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels’.

He was nominated by former Brentwood boarder, Din-Ammar Tolj, a HMC scholar from Bosnia, who started his fully-funded, four-year means-tested scholarship at the New Haven university last month. The award takes the form of a desk set and congratulatory letter.

Barfield Moore joined Brentwood School in 2014 as director of the IB Diploma Programme.

“This award comes as a great surprise, but also a great honour,” said Barfield-Moore. “It will take a special place on my desk and remind me of Din, who was a wonderful student to teach. I have always wanted to enable my students to become the best they can be.”

Matriculating students at the Connecticut institution are invited to nominate their former teachers for the award, before a committee composed of Yale admissions officers reviews the nominations individually and designates recipients.

Of this year’s 305 nominees, spread across 17 countries, 50 teachers and 21 counsellors were selected to receive the award.

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