Jayne is the people’s champion

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SHE was the People’s Choice, but teacher Jayne Dunn didn’t realise she was the most popular person in the room at this newspaper’s Pride awards.

The Lord Grey School teacher scooped the top prize at the Citizen event in December.

Jayne, who teaches P.E at the Bletchley school as well as coaching both its and Milton Keynes’ netball teams, won the People’s Choice award, as well as being highly commended in the Service with a Smile category.

And Jayne, who is also an assistant head of house at the school, said: “I was absolutely thrilled to bits. I was aware I was up for one award and I was delighted to be highly commended. It was so nice to be walking around the school and have some of the children shouting out that they and their parents had voted for me. It made me feel really special.”

On the night Jayne said that she was listening to host Adam Woodyatt talking about the winner of the overall People’s Choice award and her friend turned to her and said it was her who was going to win it.

She said: “All the way through the speech my friend was looking at me and saying ‘this is you, you’ve won this’ but I was sure it wasn’t me.

“But she said Adam was looking at me the whole time and I didn’t even realise it. When he read out my name I was frozen, it felt surreal.”

And Jayne reserved her last and biggest thanks for the team of people she works with on a day to day basis, including fellow teachers, the pupils and their parents.

She said: “I am so lucky that I work with some amazing people doing what I do. I work with a big, fantastic team at Milton Keynes Netball Club as well as the school and you can’t win awards without the help and support of a great team.

“I would also like to say a huge thank you to my talented netball players. They are so amazingly talented and they are the reason I love doing what I do.”