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…