A GLOWING tribute has been paid by a Hucknall head teacher to one of his colleagues, who has retired after 17 years at the school and a total of 33 years educating children.
Debbie Joyce became one of the stalwart members of staff at Leen Mills Primary on Leen Mills Lane.
She and head teacher John White actually started their jobs at the school at the same time.
But now the long-serving teacher has taken early retirement to spend more time with her family and to pursue her favourite pastimes, including travelling.
Mr White said: “Debbie and I came to the school together and have shared in many highs.
“She has worked throughout the school and has been very popular with the parents and children.
“It is very sad to see her go.”
As a parting gift, Debbie (54), who lives in Ravenshead and is married to Terry, was presented with a Kindle — an electronic book-reader.
She was also guest of honour at a special disco for some of the five-to-seven-year-olds at the school, whom she taught, and was taken by staff to the Griffin’s Head pub at Papplewick for a special meal.
Debbie said: “It has been a privilege to work with so many wonderful colleagues and children.
“I would like to thank everyone very much for a career I have loved.”
OUR PHOTO shows Debbie surrounded by six of the children from her final class at Leen Mills. They are: Ethan Walker, Mya Morley, Kate Kahler, James Stevenson, Megan Day and Daisy Sheridan — DISPIC NHUD 11-1945-1.