International recognition for Brentwood School's top educator

Posted on 9th Sep 2021 in School News, Awards, Teacher awards

Brentwood School Deputy Head (Academic), Mr Jonathan Barfield Moore, has been awarded the 2021 Yale Educator Award which recognises teachers from around the world who inspire and support their students.

Mr Barfield Moore was nominated for the award by former Brentwood School boarder Din-Ammar Tolj, an HMC Scholar from Bosnia, who started his fully-funded, four-year means-tested scholarship at the Ivy League university last month.

The 2021 Yale Educator Award is sponsored by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions and recognises teachers who ‘inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.’

Mr Barfield Moore, who joined Brentwood in 2014 as Director of the IB Diploma Programme, said: “This award comes as a great surprise, but also a great honour. 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.”

Of this year’s 305 Yale Educator Award nominees, who represent 38 American states and 17 countries, only a handful were selected to receive the award. In their citation letter, the Yale Admissions Office said: “We attribute the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these recipients of the Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend Yale.”

Yale, a private research university based in New Haven, Connecticut, is one of America’s most prestigious and highly-selective institutions. Award winners were sent engraved desk sets and congratulatory letters, and administrators of their schools were notified of their achievement.