TOUCHING tributes have been paid to a much-loved town teacher and mum who tragically lost her short battle with cancer.
Manor College of Technology maths teacher Helen Julia Robinson, known to her many friends as Julia, was described as a “stickler for excellence” with a fantastic sense of humour who always believed in her students.
But tragically Julia was diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder around Christmas time and sadly passed away aged just 47.
She leaves behind her heartbroken husband Lindsey and son, Will, who is just 12 and is a student at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, where Julia also used to work.
Today, the headteachers at Manor and Martyrs have paid a loving tribute to Julia, saying the close friend of so many will be sorely missed.
Anne Malcolm, head at Manor College, told the Mail: “Julia had a great deal of respect for our students and they all had a great deal of respect for her.
“She was one of those people that if something needed doing she would just go ahead and do it.
“She was a lovely lady; kind, hardworking and she always showed such belief in her students.
“Julia had a great knack of being able to make students believe in themselves.”
The staff and students at Manor College now plan to erect a tribute plaque in a memory of Julia in a garden area at the school which will also take pride of place in a new peace garden when the school moves to its new state-of-the-art building in two years time.
Julia, who lived in Seaton Carew and passed away on Good Friday, worked as a teaching assistant at English Martyrs from 2006-2009.
Always looking to better what she had already achieved, Julia trained and qualified as a maths teacher and secured a full-time post teaching at Manor College where she had also previously worked as a teaching assistant.
Devastated Michael Lee, headteacher at English Martyrs, said: “Julia was a very happy, hardworking colleague who cared greatly about our students.
“She had an outrageous sense of humour and still maintained so many close friendships with staff at the school after she had moved on.
“It was so upsetting for everyone who knew her when she was diagnosed and heartbreaking to discover she had passed away.”
Holy Trinity Church, in Seaton Carew, was packed out with close friends, relatives and others whose lives were impacted by Julia at her funeral last Thursday.
Frank Reid, chair of governors at Manor College of Technology, said: “Julia was a much valued and respected teacher who was taken far too young and still had so much left to give.
“She will be greatly missed by pupils and staff alike and our thoughts at this sad time are with her family.”