A SCHOOL’S longest-serving teacher is looking forward to a long and relaxing retirement after the bell rang to end almost 40 years in education.
Dorothy Nicholson has spent 37 years at Easington Colliery Primary School and has seen many changes, including its move from its previous home in Seaside Lane to its current more modern premises in Whickham Street back in 1999.
“I have seen lots of different headmasters and headmistresses during my time at the school,” said Dorothy.
“It was initially an infant school and then merged to become a primary school, it’s constantly been changing all the time.”
The job was Dorothy’s first teaching post and she has spent the past 14 years being Phase 1 leader, for youngsters in Year 1 and reception children.
She has taught two generations of some families, and countless siblings during her time at the school.
Dorothy, 59, is now looking forward to travelling, keeping fit and spending time on the farm with her family at her home in South Hetton.
She said: “I will miss most the children, and the parents have been very supportive – I have taught some of them.
“I have had a wonderful time with all the children and have enjoyed every minute - it’s been a fantastic experience for me during all these years.”
She was lavished with a host of retirement gifts to mark her last day at the school including jewellery, flowers, plants, drinks, chocolates, china and sun lounger before they broke up for the Easter holidays..
Headteacher David Loomes said: “To work for 37 years is an amazing achievement when you think about it.
“Dorothy has had a huge impact, not only on the school and the children but on the whole community and she will be deeply missed by all of us now she has retired.
“We would like to wish her all the best for a long and happy retirement and exciting future.”