Teacher retires after 36 years

SHE has seen pupils come and go – and she has seen her pupil's children come and go.After 36 years of teaching, Maggie Freeman decided it was time to put away the marking pen and retire.

SHE has seen pupils come and go – and she has seen her pupil's children come and go.

After 36 years of teaching, Maggie Freeman decided it was time to put away the marking pen and retire.

She started working at Whitehouse Infants School when she was just 21 years old and said it was the welcoming atmosphere that kept her there for so long.

In a special assembly to mark the occasion, Maggie was given presents by staff and pupils, who were all sad to see her go.

Mrs Freeman said: "My mother always told me I was a born teacher, and I feel that it is my natural calling in life.

"I love the job, but want to spend more time with my husband – who retired five years ago."

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As well as the assembly organised to give pupils a chance to say goodbye, staff at the school also organised a surprise barn-dance for Maggie. It was a night that she said she will remember as "one of the highlights of my time at the school."

During the evening she got another shock when she saw an old friend – the first deputy head teacher that she taught under had turned up to join in the celebrations.

During her 36 years at the school, Maggie has taught thousands of pupils, including two generations of the same family, with whom Maggie is a close friend.

After teaching Steven Gray some years ago, Maggie has also had his two sons Benito and Anton as pupils.

Maggie and her husband – who is also involved with the school on a voluntary basis, plan to move to North Wales and are determined to enjoy their retirement.

"Our friends in Wales will not let us sit back!" she said.

"We have only got one life, and we are going to live it our way."

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