Lesley says goodbye to Tokoroa school
After 30 years at Tokoroa North School it’s time to say goodbye to teacher aid Lelsey Edgeler.
Edgeler, who began her lengthy time at the school as a mother helper, will retire on Thursday, September 22 after her official farewell on Wednesday.
It may be a year before she intended to go but with the blessing of her husband Kevin she said she was happy to.
‘‘It was originally going to be next year but I work four days a week and on Thursdays we have a game of Scrabble after school and a cup of tea and I normally have a sleep because I’ve had it by then. I was starting to go to bed after Scrabble on Mondays and Tuesdays though so my husband said I think it is time to finish and I was quite happy to accept his blessing and do it a year early,’’ she said.
‘‘Kevin has been retired for about five years now and we are members of the Rotorua Scrabble Club and also the New Zealand Scrabble Association so I will be able to get back into that with him.’’
She said her time at the school, which has included working under three different principals, had been an enjoyable journey.
‘‘I started off as a mother helper in the library which was a tiny room and the librarian at the time was going back nursing and said the job was being advertised so I went for it as I had trained as a teacher and librarian in Australia where I grew up,’’ she said.
‘‘I love children because no matter how you are feeling yourself children help you forget.’’ Lesley Edgeler
‘‘When computers came they eased me out and gave me two foreign students from Korea to teach English to and I was also given a little boy in the junior class who had dysplasia and I worked with him for about three years. From there they also offered me the remedial maths job.’’
At the time of her retirement she was still looking after remedial maths and 21 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.
Edgeler said the biggest thing she will miss is children.
‘‘I love children, I always have and I think it’s because no matter how you are feeling yourself, children help you forget and they teach you an awful lot,’’ she said.
Deputy principal Judith Mclean said the school was sad to see Edgeler go.
‘‘She is going to be a real loss,’’ she said.
Tokoroa North School’s Lesley Edgeler, pictured here with two of her students, is retiring after 30 years at the school.