A TEACHING assistant with a family background in education is preparing to wave farewell to her pupils for the last time after 27 years of working with children.
Carol Turner will retire from her role at Eldon Grove Academy, in Hartlepool, next Friday.
She has been a higher level teaching assistant for six years, but says she will always be a nursery nurse, the post she began with, at heart.
The 59-year-old started out at working at the old Lynnfield Primary School and trained with social services at the former Billingham Technical College on day release.
She also worked as a nursery nurse at Turnbull Street school before moving on to Lister Street School, which was to be Eldon Grove’s predecessor.
Carol said: “I will miss the children and the families – when you work within the nursery you work with the parents, I have worked with four generations of families and that’s special to me.”
She asked to officially say farewell to parents and children during the school’s strawberry fair earlier this month, where she gave all the youngsters gifts of balloons and chocolate.
Education plays a big part in Carol’s family life – her daughter Alison Bunter, married to Simon, is a teacher at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, her son Jonathan Turner, married to Julie, teaches at High Tunstall College of Science.
Her husband Ray, 59, is a bursar at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School in Peterlee.
Carol, from Clavering, added: “We are very educational, but we can all help each other – we are very supportive.”
She said she plans to spend more time with her grandchildren, Rhianna, Charlie, Alfie, Nina, Isabella and Imogen during her retirement and added: “I’m trying to stay positive, the last day will be emotional.”
Head of school Carole Bradley said: “There are so many wonderful things I can say about Carol.
“She has worked with generations of families and her work ethic is tremendous. Everything she does is for the pupils and their families.”
“She is a valued member of staff – her experience, dedication and commitment are exceptional.”