Teacher’s work is hon­oured

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A DEPUTY head­teacher has been hon­oured as a Teesside Hero for her vol­un­tary work as an am­bas­sador for autism.

Ali­son Tasker’s fundrais­ing ef­forts at Stock­ton’s Rose­brook Academy have raised thou­sands for the school’s ASD hub and a new sen­sory gar­den for those with autism and other special needs.

Af­ter 28 years work­ing at the school Ali­son ad­mits it is a big part of who she is.

“I’m like a stick of rock – cut me in half and you’ll find Rose­brook writ­ten through me,” she said.

“This school and its fan­tas­tic ASD Hub is a big part of me.

“We’re al­ways look­ing to im­prove what we have and to be the best we can pos­si­bly be be­cause it’s for the chil­dren and they de­serve it.”

Ali­son re­ceived her Teesside Hero Award from char­i­ta­ble move­ment Teesside Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion dur­ing an assem­bly and was sur­prised by the char­ity’s chair­man Andy Pre­ston, who pre­sented her with a tro­phy and vouch­ers for Mo­hujo’s Mex­i­can restau­rant in Stock­ton.

She also re­ceived £1,000 for a lo­cal cause of her choice – and it was no sur­prise when she de­cided to nom­i­nate the academy’s ASD Hub.

Now she has her sights set on help­ing to com­plete work on the cen­tre, hav­ing helped to raise more than £9,000 – in­clud­ing the £1,000 dona­tion from the Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion.

They have al­ready been able to cre­ate a play­room and out­side area but she is keen to com­plete a sen­sory gar­den fea­tur­ing a wa­ter pump, wil­low tun­nel, sto­ry­telling area, plants and den.

“For me, it’s al­ways about the chil­dren,” she added.

“There’s a great team that works with me, but it’s the chil­dren who are the he­roes.

“The ad­di­tional ef­fort they need to put in every day to achieve what oth­ers do never ceases to amaze me.”

Ali­son Tasker re­ceives her award from Teesside Phil­an­thropic Foun­da­tion chair­man Andy Pre­ston

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