December 13 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Sunday, September 1, 2013
A teacher from Rainham passionate about encouraging girls to take up “geeky” subjects has been nominated for an award.
Carrie Anne Philbin, who works at a school in Dagenham, has been selected for TalkTalk’s Digital Heroes Awards for the second consecutive year.
She was nominated for her website and YouTube channel Geek Gurl Diaries, which features videos about using technology and interviews with inspirational women.
The initiative received more than 100,000 hits in its first year.
Carrie Anne said: “At GCSE computer science isn’t a compulsory subject so most of my GCSE students were boys.
“I used to have four girls and 20 boys, but now I have got seven girls. When we go back I am hoping to have even more.
“Will.i.am is making being a geek cool, he is learning how to programme. Girls are seeing that.”
Carrie Anne will be competing in the London heat, which is down to a public vote.
If she wins, she will get £5,000 and go through to the national finals.
The teacher added: “It would mean so much, I don’t do it for the awards, I do it in the hope to inspire kids.”
To vote for Carrie Anne, visit www.talktalkdigitalheroes.co.uk.
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