A DEDICATED teacher has bid farewell to the classroom after 23 years at Morpeth First School.
Kate Thompson, who mainly taught reception classes, has retired from her role.
The Rothbury resident was encouraged to enter the teaching profession by her family.
She said: “I got into teaching partly because of my family. My parents, aunt, uncle, sister-in-law and husband have all been teachers.
“Some of our happiest memories have been making snowmen on snow days, playing in the rain on umbrella days and residential weeks this year with Year 4.”
She added: “Varying your teaching style to suit a class of individuals is challenging, but I always thought teaching was the best job for me. It is so varied, you can be gardening one day and reading the next.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with the children and families, and although I’ll miss them I’ll expect to see them around Morpeth and will follow their progress in the Morpeth Herald.
“It’ll be sad to say goodbye to many friends, but I now look forward to taking a gap year. More time will be taken up with my interests and in the New Year we are going to New York to join my niece’s Bar Mitzvah.”
Morpeth First School Headteacher Elaine Reay said Mrs Thompson will be a big miss.
She said: “She was fantastic at getting children to read. She taught early years to read very successfully and pulled generations of pupils through. She was a fantastic English teacher and passed on a love of books to the children, and she was an excellent member of the management team.
“The parents’ evaluations are validation of all the work that she and her team did as they are all excellent.”