OOB star Annamma Lucy wins regional ‘Dedicated Teacher’ award

And with your help, we can make her the global winner!

Annamma Lucy receiving the Mariamma Varkey Award in 2019

Annamma Lucy, Social Studies Teacher at GEMS Our Own English High School – Sharjah Boys (OOB), has won the ‘2021 Dedicated Teacher Awards’ by Cambridge University Press for the Middle East and North Africa region.

This prestigious award recognises teachers from around the world that have gone the extra mile in providing care and support for their students, especially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annamma is one of only six winners of the newly-launched regional categories of the global award, chosen from a record-breaking 13,000 nominations from 112 countries. Among the criteria, the judges looked at whether a teacher demonstrated innovative practices, provided fantastic pastoral care and prepared students for their futures beyond school.

Speaking of the award win, Annamma said: “This is a huge recognition not only for me and my years of dedication as a teacher, but for OOB and GEMS Education. I am proud to be a GEMS OOB teacher and I truly believe that this success is because of ‘We’ GEMS Education and not because of ’Me’. I am happy to see my school’s name echoing across the globe.”

Principal/CEO of OOB, Srivalsan Murugan, had this to say about his award-winning teacher: “We are delighted that Annamma Lucy is the regional award winner of the Cambridge University Press Award. It doesn’t come as a surprise because she has demonstrated her commitment to her students here, as well as to students elsewhere, through her work.

“In my opinion, she works very hard to exemplify the statement, “the heart of education is the education of the heart”. She won the Mariamma Varkey Award in 2019, but she believes that awards and recognitions are incidental. We have no doubt that teachers such as Annamma Lucy are the ones that will change the world for the better.”

Annamma, has been a teacher for 23 years and has truly dedicated her life to uplifting and developing others. After losing her parents at the age of three, her upbringing was under the tutelage of the Good Shepherd nuns in Mysore, India, whose example, she says, has guided her life and attitude to teaching. Inspired by her guardians, Annamma then started her teaching career in 1997 at Good Shepherd Convent Girls’ High School Mysore, after which she moved to the UAE in 2007 to teach Social Studies at OOB.

During the pandemic, Annamma created a free ‘Learning Journey’ virtual programme for students across the UAE. She invited experts from various fields and colleagues to coach students in art, coding, augmented reality videos and other areas. Students were also trained in public speaking and soft skills, and soon pupils from other schools also joined the programme.


We’re obviously delighted that Annamma has been rightly recognised with this award, but now she needs all of you fellow dedicated GEMSters to vote for her to win the overall award. The public vote for the overall Dedicated Teacher Award by Cambridge University Press is now open and will close on 7 May, with the winner to be announced in mid-May.

So, if you only do one thing today, click here and vote for Annamma: