A CARING and devoted teacher from a Gainsborough special needs school has been awarded the Gainsborough Standard Teacher’s Rose.
Mr Richard Hancock has been teaching at Aegir Community School for just over a year.
The Gainsborough Standard attended a school assembly to take Richard by surprise and present him with his rose, to an ovacious response from the school and his pupils.
“I’m so shocked,” he said.
“It feels really nice to be appreciated.”
Mr Hancock said that he became a teacher to be inspired by his pupils.
He continued: “The students are just amazing.”
“I love the rewards you get from teaching them, not to mention the positive support from the staff here.”
“I have lots of fun with my pupils and we have quite a good time in class and we all learn together.”
“I became a teacher because I wanted a challenge by working with special needs children, and this is a wonderful place to do it.”
He added: “I’d like to thank everyone for their appreciation and recognition of the work that I’m doing and say thank you to the head teacher and the rest of the staff for their support.”
“I’m not normally lost for words.”
Headteacher Mrs Denise Schofield said that Mr Hancock was more than deserving of the Teacher’s Rose.
“I am delighted that Richard has been nominated,” she said.
“He is an enthusiastic and innovative teacher, his lessons are outsanding and he has an excellent relationship with the students that he teaches so well.”
Mr Hancock was nominated by the grandparent of one of his students, Mick Tinke, who said that he truly deserved some recognition for his incredible work with his children.
“There is no one more caring and dedicated for his class of nine autistic boys with learning problems,” he said.
“He has always got a smile and a word of encouragement and my grandson really enjoys going to school now.”
“The improvement in his life is wonderful thanks to Mr Hancock, and he makes everyone feel equal and important.”
He added: “He really is a star and I feel that it would be wonderful and most deserving for Mr Hancock to have some recognition.”
If you know of a teaching hero that you’d like to thank for their work, please get in touch by writing to: Teacher’s Rose, 5-7 Market Place, Gainsborough, DN21 2BP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01427 615323.
Each nominee shall receive a Teacher’s Rose kindly donated by the Pink Orchid Florists, and have their photo taken with their class when we come along to find out what makes them so special.
Each nominee shall also be entered to win overall Teacher of the Year, with the prize of one night’s free bed and breakfast at The Cown Hotel in Bawtry.