AFTER more than 40 years, head teacher Lynfa Jenkins, has decided it’s time to close her books for the last time.
The long-serving educator from Longford secured her first job in teaching at Longlevens Junior School in 1972. She then joined Innsworth Junior School as a deputy head teacher in 1991. Lynfa was appointed to her current role a decade later.
And after stepping down in August, she plans to backpack around India with her husband Chris.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was younger, but all my friends were doing teaching so I decided to go for it to,” she said. “Before this I was actually involved in hotel management. But I am a people person and that is why I have enjoyed teaching so much. I am really going to miss the children and staff at this school, they are the ones that drive it to what it is. I have so many happy memories such as the annual residential trips. I love seeing the children achieve their full potential in school or when they have those light bulb moments.”
She said school life has changed considerably since she first started.
“The children now push for what they want to see in schools and we now have more EAL children, who have English as their second language,” she said.
Lynfa added retirement will give her the chance to spend more time with her family. She said: “We have recently come back from seeing our daughter Laura who lives in Ohio and works for Abercrombie and Fitch. It will be nice to see her more.
“As my daughters Laura and Philippa were growing up, work life and family life were never separate for me. Their nanny would bring them after school and they would sit there in their prams during chess clubs.”
The tough task of replacing Lynfa has been given to Lisa Jones who is due to start in September. The new recruit was one of a number of shortlisted candidates interviewed by pupils who said they will miss their current head. Christina Mitsi, 11, said: “I will really miss Mrs Jenkins. She will keep explaining things until you understand it.”
School secretary Karen Hamblett said Lynfa has been a superb head teacher to work with. She said: “All the staff will miss her. She has gone above and beyond for this school. We are having a special assembly too.”