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SHE’S seen stu­dents grow up be­fore her eyes for five decades, but Jen­nifer Knight shows no signs of slow­ing down yet.

On Fri­day, Ms Knight was recog­nised with a live cross to Chan­nel 7’s Sun­rise stu­dio, speak­ing to Ed­wina Bartholomew for the Story of My Life seg­ment.

Ms Knight told the story of her first class back in 1965, and she’s got plenty more where that came from.

Ar­riv­ing in the Whit­sun­days 15 years ago, she had ac­tu­ally in­tended to re­tire but in­stead started at the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege se­condary school.

“We were down at the VMR Club­house,” she said.

“It was won­der­ful be­cause the kids could fish dur­ing lunch time and I used to take the art class out­side.

“We had to pack ev­ery­thing up on a Fri­day and take it back to our place.”

In 2011 ma­jor surgery saw Ms Knight con­fined to a wheel­chair for a num­ber of months, but even that couldn’t stop her teach­ing.

“My hus­band used to bring me down (from Bowen),” she said. “I’m not some­one who can sit on the couch.”

De­spite this ded­i­ca­tion, Ms Knight’s ca­reer ac­tu­ally be­gan by ac­ci­dent.

“On the last cou­ple of days in Year 11 we went into the Year 12 study room,” she re­called. “There were some forms on the table if you were in­ter­ested in teach­ing col­lege.

“So as a joke, there were about four of us friends, and we filled them in.”

With school fin­ished, Ms Knight was on hol­i­day with her fam­ily when her fa­ther ar­rived with a let­ter.

“I had been ac­cepted into teach­ing col­lege,” she said.

“My mother said to me ‘I didn’t even know you were think­ing about be­com­ing a teacher’.

“And the rest is his­tory.”

ON AIR: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege teacher Jen­nifer Knight cel­e­brated 50 years in the in­dus­try with a live cross to the Sun­rise stu­dio on Fri­day morn­ing.

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