Leeds classroom star Christine is more than just a teacher

YEP Star of the Classroom, Christine Bowen of Victoria Primary School with pupils.
YEP Star of the Classroom, Christine Bowen of Victoria Primary School with pupils.
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MUM Nikola Rider does not know what she would do without classroom assistant Christine Bowen.

Mrs Bowen works with her nine-year-old son Brandon, who has autism, at Victoria Primary, Ivy Avenue, Osmondthorpe. He can now not only read but also write his own name. And that’s far from all.

YEP Star of the Classroom, Christine Bowen of Victoria Primary School with pupils.

YEP Star of the Classroom, Christine Bowen of Victoria Primary School with pupils.

His mum is so amazed with his progress she nominated Mrs Bowen in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s stars of the classroom competition.

We asked readers to tell us about teachers and teaching staff who had made a massive difference to their family or their school.

Nikola said: “His progress is amazing. She also works with other children on the spectrum and they all love her to bits.

“She has a way with all the kids in that she’s more their friend than their teacher.

“She goes above and beyond for them. The difference in him is amazing and it’s all down to Christine. She keeps me up to date all the time with his progress and I look to her myself as, not only my son’s one to one, but also a friend.”

Charlotte Smith, acting principal, said Mrs Bowen, who works with a lot of children with additional needs, was amazing.

“She goes over and above with everybody,” she said.

Christine, who has worked at the school for 18 years, said: “It is really rewarding. It is lovely when you start to see results and them really enjoying it and thriving.”

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