Re­tir­ing teacher Jean set for global ad­ven­ture

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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