The prestigious teacher honour scooped by a former dinner lady

Winner of Teacher of the Year, Mrs Bull, centre, with Bethany Grayson, on her left, who nominated her, and her delighted class. Also pictured is News editor Ed Asquith, right, who made the presentation, and Mrs Bull's teaching assistants, back. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122846 13/07/12
Winner of Teacher of the Year, Mrs Bull, centre, with Bethany Grayson, on her left, who nominated her, and her delighted class. Also pictured is News editor Ed Asquith, right, who made the presentation, and Mrs Bull's teaching assistants, back. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122846 13/07/12
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A former school dinner lady has won the Scarborough Teacher of the Year award and was given a rousing cheer by her pupils at the presentation.

This year’s prestigious honour went to Eastfield where Linda Bull won for Overdale County Primary School.

We received almost 50 nominations in the competition, which has been running for about 20 years.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” she said. ”It’s wonderful. It’s fantastic.” Mrs Bull was an accountant in Bradford until she became a school dinner lady while her children were young.

She then got a job as a teaching assistant. “I passed the course and someone said I should train as a teacher. I did and got my degree.”

She moved to Scarborough and has been teaching at Overdale for six years. In making the award presentation to her class of more than 30, Ed Asquith, editor, announced: “We are here to make a special award to your teacher who has been chosen as this year’s top winner and she very much deserves it from what we have been told.”

Staff queued up to congratulate her, including her learning support assistants Paula Meads, Carol Firth and Vickie Logan. Among the praise was a nomination from pupil Bethany Jane Grayson, 11, who wrote: “She treats me like I’m her own. She loves our class 5/6B and looks after us brilliantly.

“She gives us juice and biscuits a lot and we all love her.”

The runners-up this year were Miss Morris, of Barrowcliff County Primary School, and jointly Mrs Stather and Mrs Miller, (one combined entry), of Hunmanby School.

Miss Morris was nominated by Amy Porter, 10, who said: “I wear two hearing aids and use a radio aid in class and Miss Morris uses a microphone so I can hear her a lot better and it goes straight into my hearing aids, and sometimes she sings into the microphone.”