U5B form tutor and geography teacher Mrs Burke has been recognised for her outstanding community work in her home town of Dover.
Along with a team of volunteers, she was awarded a People of Dover award at a ceremony last week for running a soup kitchen for homeless, vulnerable, elderly, lonely and needy people.
The Dover Soup Kitchen provides free meals, hot drinks, clothes and bedding from 6pm every day of the year and the unpaid helpers buy and prepare the food as well as manning the kitchen.
Its success is down to the commitment of a large group of volunteers co-ordinated by Mrs Burke and two fellow Christians, as part of faith group Christians Together in Dover.
They were commended for their compassion and commitment to the community and providing a safety net for the many people in need of their care.