Country learning curve
LONG-serving Monto and Mulgildie teacher Narelle Galloway might have retired, but she has walked away with some unforgettable memories.
Ms Galloway left her life in the big smoke (Brisbane) and began teaching in 1976 at Childers State School.
But it was not until she was transferred to Mulgildie State School that her country adventure became a little bit confusing.
“When I got my transfer I couldn’t pronounce the name Mulgildie. They gave me four road maps and it wasn’t on any of them, so I just thought I was going to the Gulf.”
When Ms Galloway figured out she wasn’t destined for the Gulf country and began her journey to her new posting, she remained unsure.
“I had never even driven on a dirt road before and I had to keep pulling over to check the map.”
Despite the culture shock, Ms Galloway said her time was well spent with country kids “a pleasure to teach”.
One little girl in particular stood out in her memory.
“I had one child that nobody else seemed to be able to tame,” she said.
“And she came with this wonderful story-telling ability, but just didn’t conform to the classroom at all.
“She was in Year 2 and it was just little things like she would never wear her shoes and socks and her belongings would just erupt out of her desk and all over the floor.
“When they left the dad actually gave me a rose and it was called a chameleon because it changed colour.
“He said it was just like his daughter because she had changed so much.”
RETIRED: Narelle Galloway couldn’t produce the name ‘Mulgildie’ when she first arrived.