Retiring teacher Jean set for global adventure
A DEVOTED teacher will retire and spend more time exploring the world after 39 years of service.
Jean Morris will leave St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, in School Lane, Old Amersham, at the end of this term. She has taught at the Amersham school for 25 years and before that she taught at schools in Swansea, Salford and Essex.
Mrs Morris, of Beech Grove, Amersham, said: “I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher and I have never looked back. My mum said that I used to teach my teddies and my dolls, I used to have a register for them. She knew that I was going to be a teacher.”
The 60-year-old motherof-two added: “I have enjoyed seeing the expression on children’s faces when it is something that they are struggling to understand.
“It is lovely to see when they do understand it for the first time. That is what has made it worthwhile for me.”
When Mrs Morris retires, she hopes to travel with her husband to the Galapagos Islands, China, Australia, New Zealand and Greece.
She added: “Being a teacher has meant that you can never have an off day, you still have a class of 30 children that you need to teach. You need to be flexible and be willing to put in over and beyond when it is necessary.”
Over the years, Mrs Morris has taught children between the ages of four and 11 and she has also focused in particular on helping special needs children.
The long standing teacher added: “I will miss it terribly, but I am excited about the opportunities that life will bring outside school.
“It has been a vocation for me, I love to teach. I absolutely believe that if I had the choice now, I would still have chosen to be a teacher and my life would pan out in the same way.”
VOCATION: Jean Morris says she will miss life at St Mary’s CofE, but is excited about the future