Ruben Mottart is Best Teacher in Brussels 2020

Ruben Mottart is Best Teacher in Brussels 2020

Under the umbrella of EduXL project of the Universitaire Associatie Brussel, the Brussels teacher training colleges of the Erasmushogeschool Brussel and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have again been seeking the Best Teacher in Brussels. More than 1,200 people nominated ‘their best teacher’ via Brussels media hub ‘Bruzz’ from April to June 2020. From this list of nominees the jury selected three candidates: Kim Hoste, a kindergarten teacher at De Windroos elementary school in Molenbeek; Ruben Mottart, a second-year teacher at Hendrik Conscience elementary school in Schaarbeek; and Hamid Boughdir, an English teacher at the Atheneum GO! for Business in Molenbeek. People could vote from this three laureates and it was “Mr Ruben” who won the title of Best Teacher in Brussels 2019-2020. Two nominees will receive book vouchers from Passa Porta, and Mottart received a new bicycle from Vélofixer.

Pupils, parents and colleagues describe Mr Ruben as a very passionate teacher with a lot of energy for his pupils and the school, with an eye for every child. He is pleased with this award and stresses the importance of teamwork in education.

The annual prize was created by the teacher training colleges of the Erasmushogeschool Brussel and VUB and the Universitaire Associatie Brussel (UAB) in collaboration with media partner Bruzz. Its aim is to reward ‘all’ Brussels teachers. Ruddy Verbinnen, general coordinator of the UAB: “Every day, Brussels’ kids need motivated and dynamic teachers who are ready to support them as best they can. Teachers who wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else and see the challenges of the capital as opportunities. Teachers who want to make a difference and get the best out of every pupil. Teachers who not only teach fantastically, but also see Brussels as the place to learn. This school year, of course, has been extraordinary and required even more commitment and creativity from teachers and school teams. The accelerated digital transition brought many challenges. Many teachers made an effort to maintain contact with their pupils through digital lessons, films, assignments, telephone calls and door-to-door collections. This year, therefore, we’d love to reward all teachers!”

In view of the corona measures, the prize-giving ceremony took place on Wednesday 25 November at 14.00, in a limited circle at Vélofixer, which sponsored the first prize of a brand new bicycle.


Dr Ruddy Verbinnen

General coordinator, UAB



Best Teacher in Brussels

Ruben Mottart


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