JO Davis ignites a spark in her students and colleagues alike.

That's the esteem in which she is held at Dudley College of Technology where Jo has worked for the past seven years.

Jo, who has been in teaching for 13 years, has a diverse role at Dudley which encompasses art, fashion, textiles and production arts.

College spokesperson Sarah Cooper said: "Her dedication to personal and professional growth, infectious enthusiasm and ability to motivate sets her apart as an exceptional educator.

"She goes above and beyond to make sure her students get a hands-on experience.

"Jo works exceptionally well with lower level learners and students with special educational needs and provides the support necessary for their success.”

She set up an entry level art and design course at the college granting access to mainstream education for students who may face barriers.

Sarah added: "Jo ensures everyone has the chance to flourish and reach their full potential.”

ROSS Nicholls has been teaching drama at Halesowen College for the past 10 years.

A former student at the college himself, Ross is considered a class act by his pupils.

Ross admits: "Teaching can often be a thankless task so it's lovely when students show their appreciation.

"When I was a student, there were teachers who made time for me and some that didn't.

"Make as much time as possible and be as much of yourself as you can.

"You find that students will come to you with their problems and I know it's an old cliche, but if you can help turnaround one student that is struggling - maybe at home or somewhere else, if you can help, it makes a massive difference.

"It's also important to have fun as well especially in a subject like drama which can be a difficult at times.

"We try to make sure that everyone is supportive and look after each other.”

LIKE a breath of fresh air! - that's how students describe the teaching techniques of Dr Philemon Opoku.

Student Shabana Shoukat said: "His style of teaching is captivating to say the least. He motivates and inspires.”

Dr Opoku lectures in Business management for LD Training Services Limited who are based at Trafalgar House in King Street, Dudley but also have a partnership with Leeds Trinity and Suffolk Universities.

Shabana adds: "He has motivated and inspired so many students and given them the confidence they were lacking.

"He has a real presence about him and explains things in a way which relate to real life.

"His communication is excellent, whether he is talking to students in their early 20's right through to people in their 60's.

"He's also very approachable and many students view him not just as a teacher, but as a friend.”