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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Teaching assistant ‘thrilled’ at nod for Heart of Ulverston award

A PASSIONATE educator, who spent 15 years helping children learn English and maths, has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award.

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NOMINATED Hilary Ullock, who has been put forward for a Heart of Ulverston award

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Hilary Ullock (pictured), who retired from Sir John Barrow School in May after working as a senior teaching assistant, has been put forward for the Teacher of the Year category.

Mrs Ullock, 58, of Churchfields Avenue said: “I’m thrilled, a little embarrassed, flattered and overwhelmed. It’s lovely to know that people have appreciated what I’ve tried to do.”

Looking back on her time at the school she said: “I have wonderful memories, I loved it all. I liked being able to help the children and the whole atmosphere. There is a wonderful ethos. It would be difficult to pick a highlight because there have been so many children and there have been so many different things I have done.”

Nancy Johnson, a teacher at Sir John Barrow School, said: “Hilary has a calm, friendly manner and a positive disposition and has been there for many young people. She has not only helped children academically, but has also helped them to value themselves and believe in their own abilities.”

Mrs Ullock is a former civil servant and has lived in Ulverston since 1982.

She said: “I think it’s got a good community spirit. It’s the place I’ve lived the longest. There’s nowhere else I’ve lived for more than five or six years, so even though I wasn’t brought up here this is home now.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year; and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Visit the Evening Mail website to fill out a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is July 12.

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