EVERY day is a school day for Louise Dyer who has embarked on an inspirational journey since starting as a cleaner at Portland School.
Determined Louise, 40, is now helping to boost the lives of others after she was granted special funding to help her qualify as a teaching assistant.
Louise said being able to make a difference to her pupils is a dream come true since she started working at Portland 10 years ago.
“I realised I wanted to do something different and got fed up of hearing pupils say that people from Manton never achieve anything,” she said.
“I’m from Manton myself and wanted to show them - and myself - that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and what I have achieved just proves that.”
Louise, who was working as Portland site supervisor around five years ago, literally went back to school - gaining qualifications in English and Maths.
She hoped to enrol on a course to become a teaching assistant but thought her dreams were dashed when she learnt no funding was available.
Said Louise: “I was absolutely devastated and got in touch with lots of companies asking if they could help. I was over the moon when Care Training East Midlands got back to me with a yes.”
The company paid for all Louise’s training and she is now enjoying working with groups of pupils at Portland School, where she has seen generations of children grow up.
She said: “I am so happy to have found a job I love - the pupils are fantastic.”
“I feel like I am doing something worthwhile and that I am someone again.”
Staff say Louise is known for her calming influence on classes and she is already proving her worth, as her pupils testify.
Year 8 pupil James Horsley, 13, said he appreciates everything Louise does for him.
“She is a great teaching assistant and will always go out of her way to help you,” he said.
“I always used to have problems getting into trouble in classes but she has really helped me with that.”
Added Year 11 pupil Emily Stocks, 16: “Mrs Dyer is amazing. She works so hard with all the kids and nobody has a bad word to say about her.”
Louise said one of her proudest moments was helping student Shannon Birkin, 15, to improve her grade in BTEC Science as she is now on target to achieve a distinction level.
Said Louise: “It’s been so rewarding. I have learnt so much and feel far more confident. I am looking forward to gaining more qualifications in the future and want to thank the school and Care Training East Midlands for all their support.
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