Re­tir­ing teacher will miss hugs, laugh­ter

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

It doesn’t seem that long ago Glen­wyn Archer started her teach­ing career. Cer­tainly not 46 years.

The Cromwell early child­hood teacher is re­tir­ing this week af­ter a ‘‘long and re­ward­ing’’ career in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor - 26 years in early child­hood, and 14 of those as the head teacher at the Cromwell Early Learn­ing Cen­tre.

Archer said through­out the years she con­sid­ered her­self for­tu­nate to have been part of many fam­i­lies’ and chil­dren’s lives.

‘‘It doesn’t seem very long ago I was start­ing out as a be­gin­ning teacher. I’ve en­joyed a var­ied and ex­tremely re­ward­ing career both in the pri­mary sec­tor and early child­hood fields of ed­u­ca­tion. I have met some in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple, worked with many won­der­ful col­leagues and made life­long friends along the way.’’

There had been many changes dur­ing her 14 years at CELCI - a com­mu­nity owned, not for profit cen­tre, in­clud­ing a build­ing ex­ten­sion. In 2009, Cen­tral Lakes Trust granted $171,000 to the cen­tre for the up­grade and ex­ten­sion of its build­ing which had been orig­i­nally used as a garage.

‘‘Our ex­tra large play­ground is due to the gen­eros­ity of our lo­cal com­mu­nity board who gave us the sec­tion next door in 2007 for a chil­dren’s gar­den,’’ Archer said.

‘‘To­day, we con­tinue to enjoy support from a wide sec­tor of a very car­ing and giv­ing com­mu­nity. Many res­i­dents have had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with CELCI - even go­ing back to the 60s when it first started as a nurs­ery play­cen­tre.

‘‘I will miss my work with the highly ex­pe­ri­enced and ded­i­cated staff...I will es­pe­cially miss the chil­dren, past and pres- ent, also their fam­i­lies. The chil­dren al­ways make for a happy day and I will miss their hugs, laugh­ter and fun learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that we have shared to­gether. They have en­riched my life for which I am for­ever grate­ful. CELCI is an amaz­ing early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and care cen­tre and will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in my heart.’’

Com­mu­nity owned cen­tres were be­com­ing ‘‘few and far between’’, with many now op­er­at­ing as pri­vate cen­tres.

‘‘It would be great for the com­mu­nity to be re­ally sup­port­ive of com­mu­nity cen­tres like ours be­cause they are not-for­profit and ev­ery­thing goes back to the chil­dren.’’

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cromwell Early Learn­ing Cen­tre’s head teacher Glen­wyn Archer is re­tir­ing af­ter 46 years teach­ing.

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