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50-year career: Parkes East Public School teacher Maureen Massey retires | Parkes Champion-Post



She fought off the tears all day, until a class of students knocked on her door with a giant farewell card.

Parkes East Public School’s Maureen Massey officially retired last Thursday, ending an incredible 50-year teaching career.

She chose the end of Term 1 in 2021 for three special reasons – this year marked her 50th year, she’s been associated with Parkes East Public for 41 years and on April 17 she turns 70.

“It’s bittersweet… I never thought I’d be teaching this long!

“I’m teaching the kids of kids I’ve taught. I had a 56-year-old man come up to me the other day and tell me I was his favourite teacher!” She laughed.

Mrs Massey has been the school’s Learning and Support Teacher (LAST) for 24 years but her career began on the south…

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