Julie Is A Lesson To Us All

Foundation degree student Julie Armstrong’s efforts have rightfully been recognised at a recent Students’ Award ceremony.

Julie Armstrong, originally from Surrey but who now lives in Hartlepool, is in the second year of a Foundation Degree in Education and Care at East Durham College.

Julie, who has a daughter, Emily Armstrong, 12, has worked at Fens Primary School in Hartlepool for the last six year, said: “It’s a pleasure to get this award. It’s very tough to juggle a full time job, home life and studying but I really enjoy the course.

“The course is great as it helps me understand the theory and then see how it applies in a real learning environment. The course has also helped me to build up my role and responsibilities at school as a High Level Teaching Assistant and Parental Support Advisor.”

Jan Grinstead, Curriculum Leader for Care, remarked: “I have so much admiration for Julie, she shows such dedication. She always makes very valid and thoughtful contributions to all class discussions and is very supportive of her peers within the group.

“Julie copes tremendously well to take part in this course and she is a shining example to us all of what you can achieve with hard work and determination.”

At the short prize giving ceremony Fred Harrison, Assistant Principal at the College, said: “These awards are not just about recognising academic excellence but also about celebrating student endeavour and commitment, whether that’s a student helping or inspiring others or simply working as hard as they can. All these students are shining examples of that.”