Friday Hero: Thanks for doing a brilliant job

30th September 2005 at 01:00
This term every classroom at Terrace Road primary school in Swansea has an interactive whiteboard, and the woman behind them is Stella Elphick. She's been instrumental in getting the equipment installed and in training the teachers to feel confident and happy with their new teaching tool.

Stella's talent for all things technological was first uncovered when, as a parent of Connor and Amber, she offered to help with the school's website.

Pretty swiftly, she was offered a job as one of 13 learning support assistants at this inner city, multi-ethnic primary school for 300 pupils.

Headteacher Lesley Evans says Stella's skills were a revelation. "She has a degree in photography, but we discovered an exceptional talent with computers. She's the technician, the trainer and the innovator."

Stella is a bubbly, sociable character and "highly industrious". It's largely down to her that Terrace Road recently won top marks for its approach to new technology in an inspection by Ofstyn, the Welsh Ofsted.

The lead inspector even brought her husband in to watch Stella at work.

Year 6 class teacher Kate Loveridge nominated her for our flowers, champagne and chocolates, saying: "She's always really busy but never too busy to drop everything to rescue staff and pupils in difficulties."

Stella is involved in programmes for assessment and record-keeping, for gifted and talented children and the school's "strategic intervention" work with Years 5 and 6. "She organises other LSAs and gives guidance to teachers, head and pupils alike."

Terrace Road hopes to become a centre of excellence, offering classes to parents in computing. To that end Stella is studying for a modern apprenticeship, which will give her an NVQ at level 3. With her marketable skills, we hope this recognition helps to keep Stella happy at Terrace Road.

Heroes are out there, but we need you to reveal them in all their glory.

Think of the person in your school - teacher, classroom assistant, governor, cook - who always goes the extra mile. Then tell us about them in a letter or email to Sarah Bayliss at the address above. Go on, they deserve recognition. (Flowers kindly supplied by Marks Spencer.)

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