It doesn’t seem that long ago Glenwyn Archer started her teaching career. Certainly not 46 years.
The Cromwell early childhood teacher is retiring this week after a “long and rewarding” career in the education sector – 26 years in early childhood, and 14 of those as the head teacher at the Cromwell Early Learning Centre.
Archer said throughout the years she considered herself fortunate to have been part of many families’ and children’s lives.
“It doesn’t seem very long ago I was starting out as a beginning teacher. I’ve enjoyed a varied and extremely rewarding career both in the primary sector and early childhood fields of education. I have met some inspirational people, worked with many wonderful colleagues and made lifelong friends along the way.”
There had been many changes during her 14 years at CELCI – a community owned, not for profit centre, including a building extension. In 2009, Central Lakes Trust granted $171,000 to the centre for the upgrade and extension of its building which had been originally used as a garage.
“Our extra large playground is due to the generosity of our local community board who gave us the section next door in 2007 for a children’s garden,” Archer said.
“Today, we continue to enjoy support from a wide sector of a very caring and giving community. Many residents have had a long association with CELCI – even going back to the 60s when it first started as a nursery playcentre.”
“I will miss my work withy the highly experienced and dedicated staff…I will especially miss the children, past and present, also their families. The children always make for a happy day and I will miss their hugs, laughter and fun learning experiences that we have shared together. They have enriched my life for which I am forever grateful. CELCI is an amazing and unique early childhood education and care centre and will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Community owned centres were becoming “few and far between”, with many now operating as private centres.
“It would be great for the community to be really supportive of community centres like ours because they are not-for-profit and everything goes back to the children. We have got amazing community support in Cromwell.”