Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, UK
"Teaching is not a job or chore, but a passion and love-affair with learning, a ‘performance’ of life which I gladly share with others." Me, 2014.
That's right. I started my adult learning career on 28 April 1974, aged 17, at the Prince of Wales' Orthopaedic Hospital, Rhyd-Lafar, Cardiff. After five years nurse education, then ten years with the Catholic Church (ordained priest 9 May 1987), I returned to nursing, for 7 months on an HIV ward, before commencing teaching on 6 April 1990.
I have been facilitating sexual health and HIV learning ever since: in colleges of nursing; the NHS; in a freelance capacity across health, social care, professional nursing (The RCN) and military welfare services, through to Higher Education. I am fortunate enough to back up these experiences of life with a shed load of academic and professional qualifications, ultimately receiving the highest award for 'excellence in teaching' in 2014 (https://drdavidtevansntfhea.wordpress.com/).
Nothing gives me greater personal and professional satisfaction than to share learning and my passion for life with others, of whom there have already been a few thousand others over these past years.
The real icing on the cake happened in 2017, when Her Majesty The Queen was "graciously pleased" to appointed me Officer in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, "for services to nursing and sexual health education".
In 2018 I added a PFHEA - Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (for "strategic leadership of learning and education") - to my CV.
"Ad moltos annos" - many happy years, to us all!