Michelle Sinclair who was one of our Teaching Assistants has received a prestigious award for her dedication to education. Michelle worked for Thomas Bewick School for seven years before she was unable to continue in her role due to her health in April.
Michelle said she felt overwhelmed as she returned to Thomas Bewick School, to collect the Teaching Assistant of the Year award after winning out of 150 North East nominees.
Daley, a number of staff and pupils joined Michelle in an emotional celebration of her dedication to teaching. Daley had nominated Michelle for the award and said "Michelle was the first person that came to mind. She's an absolutely brilliant member of staff. She's always smiling, always happy and so helpful and so kind and she's an inspiration to us all. Welcoming Michelle back to the school has been a really nice occasion and a real tribute to the fun she brought to the school everyday. She's done a fantastic job over the years and brought so much joy to the pupils. She would always go above and beyond for the staff and pupils and was always first to volunteer her help, whether that be helping out on school trips or fundraising at the school."
Michelle said: "It's only when something like this happens that you realise how well thought of you are. People kept coming to see me and I was given a beautiful hamper and a framed certificate. There was a banner up and some of the children sang a song for me, it was heart breaking but I loved it. Seeing how the pupils developed and the relationships you'd build with them was amazing. Something that might take a child without autism a couple of days could take an autistic child a couple of month, but you'll get there eventually and when you do it's amazing."
Article in the Evening Chronicle