A member of staff at Ponteland High School has thanked its art teachers after she boosted her qualifications.
Michaela Bailey-Tippins received an A at AS-Level for the subject.
The curriculum support assistant, who joined Ponteland High five years ago after previously being a playworker, had to balance her studies with her job and commitments as a mother.
She said: “I’ve worked alongside Karen Murphy (head of department) and Jane Kemp and have seen first-hand the techniques they use to motivate students.
“One day, Karen said I should give the AS-Level a go as I would enjoy it and get an extra qualification. I thought it was worth trying and I soon found that I loved studying the subject as well as the practical work.
“I did a lot of work in the evening, so I’m glad all that effort has paid off with an A-grade. The teachers were brilliant – Karen is very inspiring.”
Next month, Michaela will start her teacher-training programme at Ponteland High School in the English department through School Direct, a Government-led initiative.
“I had been doing an adult-learning PGCE, but I withdrew from it because I enjoy working with the high-school age group so much,” she added.
“I feel so lucky to get a place with the Ponteland Partnership as it’s a lovely place to work.”