Samantha Hearne from Egham, Surrey is celebrating after been announced as ‘Inspirational Achiever of the Year’ as part of their SuperAchievers awards, after hundreds of nominations from across the globe were submitted, to the business superbrand.
Samantha is a secondary school teacher by trade and has been teaching for seven years, as well as being a Head of Year for four years. Around a year ago, Samantha also launched an anxiety coaching business, ‘A Happy Mind’.
The UK’s leading independent training provider, Pitman Training launched the SuperAchievers Awards to show anything is possible and to help reward people committed to driving their careers forward in a bid to inspire more of the British workforce to strive for more. The ‘Inspirational Achiever of the Year’ award is for someone who has dedicated themselves to achieve, be that personally or professionally.
Samantha is open about her own mental health struggles saying that she has experienced anxiety for over 10 years, and has been through some very traumatic experiences as a teenager and young adult from the divorce of her parents, her Mum and brother moving away and sadly, the unexpected passing of her Dad, who she lived with at the time. Samantha says that following these events “anxiety, abandonment and panic were very common worries and emotions in my life.” Throughout her teaching career, Samantha has had to learn a lot about herself and her emotions. She found that anxiety caused a lot of stumbling blocks early on in her career and this was very hard to cope with at the time. When she didn’t get her first ever promotion, she says that “it nearly broke her - until a better opportunity came along. It is funny how things work out and how the hardest of times, can become the best lessons we have ever learnt.”
Samantha says her biggest challenges were learning how to be emotional within her job, but in a way that helped - not hindered. Her coaching business helps her to follow one of her biggest passions. She carries out public speaking engagements, coaching and one-to-one sessions. She goes into companies and delivers coaching and workshops to staff, designed to help make a difference to their mental wellbeing. Samantha also shares her solutions and journey in podcast interviews, writing for a mental health magazine, and in a Facebook group and with 1:1 clients all over the world.
“Anxiety is something so many people experience and feel burdened by and I LOVE being able to shed light, love and support on this topic for people in a human, realistic and genuine way.”
Winners of Pitman’s SuperAchievers are determined by a combined judges vote and the public vote. This year’s judging panel included Han-Son Lee, founder of DaddiLife – a parenting website for dads which focuses on a range of areas to help, celebrate and inspire the modern day father. After reading Abigail’s application, Han-Son Lee says; “It takes a lot to be a great secondary school teacher, and even more to deal with one of the most important issues of our day, anxiety, which can be caused by so many areas. Setting up her own coaching business show’s incredible dedication to an area where Samantha is clearly making great impact.”
The judging panel also included and Claire Young, entrepreneur, media specialist and government advisor who appeared on series four of BBC’s The Apprentice alongside Lord Alan Sugar, she says; “Through her role as a teacher Samantha has seen first-hand the need for students to receive help on mental health and wellbeing. I applaud her for taking action and starting A Happy Mind. There is no doubt that this organisation will be helping young people. Inspirational!”
Claire Lister, Managing Director at Pitman Training Group, said:
“We are honoured to be able to highlight such incredible stories, across a really varied set of professions and showcase those who are striving to achieve. Each year, I look at the entries submitted, and it inspires me to see what people are achieving in their careers through hard work and ambition.”