Teach­ing chil­dren ‘a priv­i­lege’

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Teach­ing 5-year-olds to read and write is a priv­i­lege Ali­son Mitchell has en­joyed for more than 20 years, and the part of her job she will miss the most.

The new en­trant teacher will leave Wairere School at the end of this term, af­ter 23 years in the po­si­tion.

Mrs Mitchell started at Wardville School, as it was then known, in 1989.

She saw the school join with Tu­ranga-O-Moana in 2000 to cre­ate Wairere School.

The same year, she grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor of teach­ing from the Univer­sity of Waikato, which she said was one of the high­lights of her ca­reer.

‘‘I ob­vi­ously love learn­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘I think for me, by learn­ing new things and keep­ing stim­u­lated, I was then mo­ti­vated to pass that on to the chil­dren.’’

Mrs Mitchell said she would miss help­ing chil­dren to learn, as well as the com­pany of her fel­low teach­ers.

‘‘ I have been very lucky with the peo­ple that I’ve taught with and even though I’m leav­ing Wairere School I know I’m leav­ing it in very ca­pa­ble hands,’’ she said.

Prin­ci­pal Judi Buck­ley and teach­ers Natalie Dyer and Karen Catchpole said they would miss Mrs Mitchell’s knowl­edge, her pro­fes­sion­al­ism, her pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and her ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity.

Mrs Mitchell said she was look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time at her fam­ily beach house at Mount Maun­ganui, as well as be­ing able to at­tend the school and sport­ing events of her six grand­chil­dren, and gar­den­ing.

New en­trant teacher Ali­son Mitchell is leav­ing Wairere School af­ter 23 years.

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