Forty-six year old Mark Franklin from Hornsey, London recently appeared as a contestant on the popular Channel Four show, ‘Deal or No Deal’.
For those of you who are not familiar with the show, a contestant is allowed to bring personal treasured items to help bring them luck to “beat the banker” in a game of elimination to try to win up to £250,000.000!
Together with a cherished family photo of his parents, Mark brought along and showed off his Jack Petchey Leader Award Medallion with great pride and it is safe to say that luck was on Mark's side as he walked away from his game with well deserved winnings and a true champion.
So let’s tell you a little bit about Mark and his Award...
Mark is an exemplary role model for the youth in today’s society; he started his career in education as a Teaching Assistant and has worked hard to climb the career ladder to become a Learning Mentor for Holloway School, Islington. As Mark’s career has progressed over the years, his enthusiasm for doing his utmost to guide students on to the right path has developed tenfold.
Aside from teaching, Mark is a DJ and Football Coach and claims that his biggest achievement to date that he is extremely proud of is being a Learning Mentor. In 2007, Mark was nominated by his pupils for a Jack Petchey Leader Award, to recognise his commitment to mentoring and his ability to make breakthroughs with some of the most challenging students at his school.
It is obvious that having a positive impact and helping to set the youth of today on the right path is something that Mark is extremely passionate about: so much so that he used his Leader Award grant to pay for a workshop at the school [a representative to enter the school to talk with the students], raising awareness of the dangers out on the streets, drugs and unprotected sex.
Mark Said: “The award has galvanized my belief in my ability as a learning mentor and has encouraged me to do everything to the highest standard. The award means the world to me as you are nominated by the students. It is a very special award - the certificate is in pride of place on my living room wall and the medal is with my football trophies and coaching awards.”
Mark is still happily working at Holloway School and is working hard at accomplishing his dream of one day becoming a Headmaster.
We wish you every success with your future aspirations Mark!