AN “outstanding” teacher who has worked at the same Hartlepool primary school throughout her 35 year career has retired.
Christine Booth, 56, landed a temporary spot at Holy Trinity CE Primary School, in Crawford Street, in 1977 when she was just 21-years-old.
She quickly impressed and secured a permanent job and has stayed at the school ever since.
But after teaching thousands of Hartlepool youngsters over the years, Christine taught her last ever class yesterday and is now planning a retirement of holidays and zumba.
Christine, who has lived in Hartlepool all of her life and studied at Hartlepool High School for Girls and Brinkburn Sixth Form, said she will miss the smiling children and close team of staff at the school.
The mum-of-two, who lives in Burnston Close, Hartlepool, with husband David, 55, a private music teacher, said: “I remember when I first started, there was a teacher here who had been at the school for 23 years and I thought I would never reach that length of time at one school.
“But I have enjoyed every single minute.
“Teaching is a vocation, not a job and I have been lucky enough to teach some fantastic pupils and worked alongside a brilliant team of staff.”
Christine has worked under five headteachers at the school and says she has experienced some “huge” changes over the years.
“There wouldn’t be a piece of paper long enough to talk about how things have changed,” she said.
“But I am going out a happy bunny.”
Christine says she is looking forward to a rest and is planning to fill her extra time with holidays and zumba classes.
“I will really miss the children,” she added.
“I have been so used to working closely with them for so long.”
Amanda Baines, headteacher at the school, said: “Christine is wonderful.
“She is an outstanding teacher and the children like and respect her.
“She will leave a huge gap to fill at the school.”