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Slice of life: Carrie Leitch at the morning tea.
Jessica Rock Slice of life: Carrie Leitch at the morning tea.

After 47 years as a primary school teacher Carrie Leitch has retired.

Past and present colleagues, family, friends and students came together at Geraldton Primary School on Wednesday to farewell her with a morning tea.

Department of Education Mid West regional executive director Steve Baxter and Geraldton Primary School principal Geoff Elliott congratulated and thanked Mrs Leitch for her dedication.

Mr Elliott said Mrs Leitch was a helpful, friendly staff member held in the highest esteem.

He said she gained the respect of students, was not afraid of a challenge and took on additional tasks without question.

“Carrie is a role model with an even temperament and is an inspiration to all of us,” he said.

Mrs Leitch said she had witnessed amazing changes in education over the years, starting at a time without photocopiers or DOTT (Duties Other Than Teaching) time.

“I feel like I have been in school all my life,” she said.

“I’ve had a wonderful life and I love teaching.

“I will miss it, but it is time for me to join my family and have a wonderful time with them.”

Mrs Leitch began teaching in 1960, aged 20, taking on a class of 48 students at Northcliffe Primary School.

She went on to teach at five other schools across WA, the most recent Geraldton, where she has taught since 2003.