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Runner Up: Tony Dicker.

HARD-WORKING Tony Dicker is an unsung hero at Seaton Burn College, according to colleagues.

Having joined in 2005, the caretaker has earned the respect of pupils and staff with his attitude and skill.

His patience and quiet professionalism have been welcomed by all, while he comes commended for his ability as an upholsterer.

And recently, when moles started to churn up the sports field, he researched humane ways of moving them on.

Headteacher Alison Shaw said: "I can't imagine what we would do without him.

"From the day he was appointed, I have never heard anything but high praise for the way he takes care of us. He is one of the most reliable and patient people I have ever worked with."

Runner Up: Michelle Hardy CARING for the children as well as caring for the school is very much the role of Michelle Hardy.

Staff, children, parents and governors at William Cassidi Primary, Stillington, have nominated her for the Caretaker of the Year Award saying she always goes the extra mile for them.

Ms Hardy has been noted for her dedication to the school having once cancelled her holiday to help with the refit of a kitchen.

When the children mentioned that the toilets were looking dull, she helped get them refurbished - and spent half-term decorating them.

In the past year she has raised money to develop the playground and field to include an adventure playground plus interacitve games.

Ms Hardy is credited for developing and maintaining good community relationships and always takes part in fun days. She joined the school's governing body a year ago to increase her involvement in the school's running.

Teacher Emma Robertson said: "Michelle is a wonderful, caring and highly-motivated member of staff who is one in a million and we believe we are so lucky to have her at our school."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 17, 2008
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