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It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our colleague and contributor Bev Evans after a short illness.
Many within the TES community will know Bev, but only a few will have had the privilege of meeting her face to face. We first became aware of her when she began uploading lesson plans that she had made for her son to the TES Connect site. Her understanding of the special needs community, her fantastic resources, not to mention her determination to help and her friendliness, soon marked her out as someone very special indeed.
We felt very fortunate when Bev came to join us as our SEN subject lead. She remains our most popular, followed and downloaded author of resources on the TES Connect site. Over 1,000 resources that Bev created by hand have been downloaded 4,510,022 times in 248 countries and territories. However, it would be a disservice to Bev if we were to put her achievements simply in terms of numbers. Her motivation was always people and Bev has helped – and her resources will continue to help – millions of teachers and students around the world.
Louise Rogers, CEO of TSL Education, which owns the TES, paid tribute to Bev, calling her a “legend of the TES platform”.
She said: “Bev was remarkable: her hard work, talent and determination to share what she knew works when it comes to educating children with special educational needs has always been a source of inspiration to me personally – and no doubt also to the colleagues who knew her and the millions and millions and millions of teachers who downloaded her materials.”
Bev made our site, our office and the teaching profession a far more cheerful and colourful place – she will be missed by us all. Our thoughts are with her husband, Paul, her children and her grandchildren.
Please feel free to share your memories of Bev in the comments.
I was utterly stunned when I heard late last night that Bev had died. I've had the pleasure of presenting alongside her at several conferences. I was always touched that she remembered my face and name, she must have met so many different people. She was always a pleasure to work with and so supportive.
My thoughts go out to her family and friends, we've lost a colleague a campaigner, an advocate, an incredible creator of resources....they have lost so much more.
She made a difference.
Many people say they want to do this.
Bev achieved it.
She will be missed more than words will ever show. I never met her, but her comments and support on the SLD forum have been invaluable to me and my students. Her brilliant resources will ensure she lives on in our lives and hearts.
So sorry to hear the news that Bev had died. I have downloaded and used many of Bev's resources. They were without doubt the best and most used resources I had. Thank you Bev.
Very very sad to hear that Bev has died. When I first started working on TES Resources, back in January 2010 with the brief of making it much easier to find and upload resources I started by looking at the data of what was currently popular. Bev's resources (along with those by Mike Gerhson!) stood out a mile. Huge number of downloads and glowing reviews and ratings. The quality and inspiration in Bev's work were a constant reminder to me of why I wanted to make the Resources experience better. What a loss. But at the same time it's wonderful that Bev's legacy continues through the teachers and learners who will benefit hugely from her fantastic teaching resources.
My thoughts go to her family! A much respected educator!
Thank you Bev, for everything.
Didn't have the pleasure of knowing her personnally, but certainly have been using her resources and benefitting from her expertise and passion for SEN for many years.
She looks so young too.
I am so sorry to hear this - I have used Bev's learning mats for my lower ability students since last year and they have helped tremendously - she was an inspiring lady and I hope she rests in peace.
Good night and God bless, Bev. Thank you for all the great things you did to support children with SEN and those staff working with them....
I've just logged in and seen this very sad news.
I have examples of Bev's posters on my classroom wall and - only today - was telling a colleague how much I loved Bev's resources and what a brilliant site Communication4all is.
I was there a couple of year's ago when Bev received her Resource Contributor of the Year Award at the TES Awards ceremony. She seemed such a lovely, bubbly person. A real loss and so very sad.
I send my condolences to her family.
I am so sorry to hear the sad news. Bev has been an inspiration to me on TES and has made and shared some brilliant resources which I have used with my SEN pupils countless times. Best wishes to Bev's family. What a great legacy to leave behind - this may be of some comfort.
Very sorry to hear of Bev's passing. I have used Bev's resources (both free and purchased) and automatically visit her site when I need something for my class. My thoughts go out to her family.
So very sad to hear of the untimely passing of Bev. I never met her, but her passion for education was evident. A lot of my students have benefitted hugely throughout the years from her excellent resources. She has left a brilliant legacy, both to children and educators through her hard work and commitment. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Thanks for the lovely tribute to Bev. I had the privilege to work with her too at TES and I agree with all that was written about her. A solar person who would brighten any situation as soon as she joined conversations, and if Bev was around, there was no way she would not be part of the chat (both face to face and on Twitter, of course). I was particularly humbled to read her posts on Facebook and see how positive she remained throughout her illness. That really inspired me and made me realise even more what a special person she was.
She will be sorely missed by many.