Grandmother takes second retirement
More than 40 years since she first left teaching, 83-year-old Yvonne Tiddy is giving retirement a second go.
After leaving Firth Primary in 1970, Mrs Tiddy was asked to return as a relieving teacher and has been doing it ever since.
Over the years, she has spent time relieving at Hinuera, Firth Primary, Matamata Primary and Intermediate, Walton, Wairere, St Paul’s Catholic School, Lichfield, Tirau and Kuranui.
Mrs Tiddy said she simply ‘‘couldn’t resist’’ each time she got a phone call from a principal looking for someone to fill in.
‘‘Teaching children is irresistible to me,’’ she said.
‘‘ Second to family and home, it’s been the most important part of my life.
‘‘I meet children as adults and get a great big hug and smile from them – you just can’t describe the value.’’
Mrs Tiddy’s retirement was recognised at a recent New Zealand Education Institute meeting, where her 23-yearold granddaughter Rebekah Bardoul was also congratulated on earning her teaching registration.
Miss Bardoul is starting out her career at Tirau Primary and said her grandmother had always been an inspiration to her.
Mrs Tiddy said she would like to thank ‘‘all that have made it so pleasant for me all of life’s way’’.
Rebekah Bardoul, 23, recently earned her teaching registration, while her 83-year-old grandmother Yvonne Tiddy retired from relief teaching.