A teacher who has been at the forefront of teaching over a lengthy career has finally decided the time is right to clean her blackboard for the very last time.
Joyce Thomson (60), worked at Bo’ness Public school for the last 19 years of her career, before retiring on Thursday, September 18, at a celebration held in the school.
Joyce started her career over 40 years ago; she took a break to have her family, then returned to education as a teacher at Bo’ness.
She said: “I started teaching at Bo’ness Public Primary after a few years of supply work.
“While on a supply I arrived at Bo’ness and immediately felt at home, so I never left.
“The children of Bo’ness Public have been wonderful to teach and their parents have always been very supportive so that made the job a pleasure and never ever a chore.
“Over 19 years I have had many teaching colleagues and made many friends and their commitment and professionalism has made me proud to have been part of the teaching staff at Bo’ness Public.”
Head teacher Gillian Genoe said: “Joyce is a much admired and respected teacher and colleague whose high standards and expectations have seen pupils truly ‘blossom’ whilst in her classes over the years.
“She is a member of staff who has the same passion for teaching at the end of her career as she did when she started almost forty years ago.
“We wish her all the very best as she goes into a new phase of her life.”