Leeds ‘angel’ Margaret is a YEP classroom star

13 July 2016..... YEP Star of the Classroom winner Margaret Carney at Templenewsan Halton Primary School with Joshua Hirst whose mother made the nomination. Picture Scott Merrylees

13 July 2016..... YEP Star of the Classroom winner Margaret Carney at Templenewsan Halton Primary School with Joshua Hirst whose mother made the nomination. Picture Scott Merrylees

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Margaret Carney is not just a classroom assistant - she is an angel.

That is the view of parent Emma Yoward whose son Joshua she helps at Templenewsam Halton Primary.

13 July 2016..... YEP Star of the Classroom winner Margaret Carney at Templenewsan Halton Primary School . Picture Scott Merrylees

13 July 2016..... YEP Star of the Classroom winner Margaret Carney at Templenewsan Halton Primary School . Picture Scott Merrylees

Thanks to her help, Joshua has thrived and while he was previously struggling he is now a confident, bright and happy child who loves to go to school in Pinfold Lane. She even learnt Braille to help him.

And that is why she has been chosen as the winner in the YEP’s search for stars of the classroom.

It’s not just Joshua, 10, she helps. She also does breakfast and after school club and even though Mrs Carney was unwell recently, she was so committed she would not take time off.

Emma, from near Colton, Leeds, said “She has had to learn Braille and to help him use all his latest technology.

13 July 2016..... YEP Star of the Classroom winner Margaret Carney at Templenewsan Halton Primary School with Joshua Hirst whose mother made the nomination. Picture Scott Merrylees

13 July 2016..... YEP Star of the Classroom winner Margaret Carney at Templenewsan Halton Primary School with Joshua Hirst whose mother made the nomination. Picture Scott Merrylees

“She goes out of her way to help Joshua shine and she dearly loves all of the children she has the pleasure of working with. You can see that to her it’s more than just a job.

“All the children adore her, as do I. I will be most upset when we have to leave her next year when my son goes to high school. She is more than just a teacher - she is an angel.”

Headteacher Karen Patel praised Mrs Carney, 55, for being “passionate” about all the children and wanting the best for them.

“She is wonderful with them, she would do anything for them,” she added.

We launched our search for inspiring teaching staff earlier this year and asked readers to tell us who had made a massive difference to their family.

Heart-warming nominations for the YEP’s star of the classroom contest came from across the city and included a headteacher, teachers and teaching assistants.

Other nominated staff featured in recent days include classroom assistant Christine Bowen, who works at Victoria Primary in Ivy Avenue, Leeds.

Also nominated was special needs co-ordinator Sandra Perring, who has helped generations of one family at her school in Otley.

As a special thank you we have a £100 voucher for Frankie and Benny’s at The Light and a £50 voucher for White Rose Shopping Centre for Mrs Carney to enjoy.

She said she only found out she had been nominated when she won and was ‘lost for words.’

When she saw what Joshua’s mum had written, it made her cry.

“I really enjoy working in the school. It is so rewarding, what you put in you get back 100 fold. It is so worthwhile,” she said.

She praised the whole team at the school and also Joshua for his attitude.

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