Teaching children ‘a privilege’
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.