Childcare Student Chelsea Is An Inspiration

Wed, 09/05/2001 - 01:00

A college student has been praised for her effort and determination at a recent college awards ceremony.

Chelsea Brown, aged 17 from Horden near Peterlee, studies at East Durham College and has been wowing her lecturers, despite a long term illness.

Chelsea enrolled at the College back in September and although she was unable to finish school due to her illness, college staff had faith that she could succeed on the Childcare courses she so dearly wanted to do.

Chelsea’s Mum, Donna Brown, and her Aunty, Audrey Wilson, attended the awards ceremony with her.

“She’s fab. Even though she is not always 100% healthwise, she gives her absolute all to life and her studies. She never lets her illness get the better of her. I’m so proud of her,” said Donna.

Chelsea added: “I was really surprised to get this award. I love being at the College and my course. I hope it will help me fulfil my ambition of working with young children with disabilities and special needs.”

Clare Schonewald, one of Chelsea’s lecturers who nominated her for the award, said: “Chelsea is an inspiration to both her lecturers and the other learners in her class. She has demonstrated a really positive and outgoing personality and tremendous dedication to her College work and placements.

“She is bright and bubbly, and always has a smile for others and is willing to go that extra mile to help both lecturers and her fellow learners. Even when Chelsea herself may feel unwell she supports others showing a caring and supportive attitude putting her own feelings aside.”

“Chelsea is a credit to herself, her family and the College. Well done on this award!”

As part of her Childcare Diploma course Chelsea has successfully taken part in a work placement with Cotsford Infant School in Horden and is currently on placement at Dene House SureStart in Peterlee.

Headteacher at Cotsford Infant School, Rachel Cook, added: “I'm really pleased to hear of Chelsea's award. Chelsea is a very conscientious student who worked well with our pupils and proved to be a great support to her class teacher.

“Despite not always being well she was determined to attend her placement and fulfil her responsibilities - it was a pleasure having her in school.”