StagePro Academy owner and singing coach Joanne Edwards was in total shock at the Warrington Inspiration Awards as she was crowned the winner of the teacher of the year.

Joanne who has been in the music industry for over 25 years, said:

I wasn’t expecting this. It’s quite overwhelming as you don’t do it for the recognition. I was just made up to be nominated.

Joanne was praised in her nomination form for always encouraging children to reach their potential and was hailed as a ‘true inspiration’.

When you see the progress they make it makes it all worthwhile. I am just so happy that I get to do this as a job. To see some children go from being quiet and timid to singing in front of a big audience is really rewarding. When I see them on stage I can get quite emotional.

Joanne faced tough competition from two fellow teachers in the category.