A hardworking and committed primary teaching assistant in Somerset has been commended for her efforts with an Employee Excellence Award from the regional council.
Elaine Hill, who has worked in a teaching assistant job at Welton Primary School for nearly 20 years, won the award alongside other public sector workers in the south-west, the Somerset Guardian reported.
She was one of 24 people who picked up individual awards after more than 100 nominations were received by Bath and North East Somerset Council for their awards scheme.
Mrs Heal, who lives in Westfield, was nominated for the award by her colleague Nathan Wyatt, a teacher at the school.
Speaking to the newspaper, he said: "Elaine goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the school runs smoothly, children are cared for and teachers have prepared lessons with excellent support.
"Not only does she work all day as an excellent teaching assistant, she has founded and runs the after-school wraparound group called Welton Afterschool Club Initiative."
Picking up her trophy at The Pump Rooms in Bath, Mrs Heal was presented with the award by council chairman Peter Edwards and Paul Crossley, lead councillor.
She said that she was humbled to receive recognition for her work but added that she loves her job as a teaching assistant and seeing the children grow and develop.
Picking up one of the 11 team awards at the ceremony were the staff of St Nicholas Primary School in Radstock, Somerset.
The trophy was awarded in recognition of their incredible positive attitude and determination to provide the same high standard of education over the last 18 months, during which their school's roof was replaced and school life was severely disrupted.
Meanwhile, nominations for the Pearson Teaching Awards 2013 are now open.
Anyone can put forward a teacher for the prestigious prize with a 'thank you' on the Awards' website.
Posted by Harriet McGowan