Sue Morey makes the most of her remaining time at Ako
Childcare Centre with (from left) Jack Proctor (4), Jameson
Green (4), Will Jamieson (1), Emily Bevin (2) and Reuben
Jones (4). Photo by Gregor Richardson.
The upside of retirement is there will be no more
freezing winter wake-ups at 6.30am.
But for Sue Morey, the pros of retiring will not outweigh the
cons after spending more than 40 years teaching in the early
childhood, primary and secondary education sectors.
Nevertheless, the 64-year-old has decided to call it a day.
''There's lots of other things I would like to do. I've had
lots of fun teaching but it's time to move on,'' she said.
''I'll miss the staff, the kids and their families the most.
''I will be sad, I'll probably cry, but on the plus side,
there won't be any more 6.30am wake-ups.''
Mrs Morey began her career as a primary school teacher at
James Cook Primary School, in Marton, in 1973.
Since then, she has taught at Macraes Moonlight School,
Palmerston Playcentre, Palmerston Primary School and East
Otago High School; managed Big Steps Educare and Rainbow
Preschool; and taught at Elm Row Childcare Centre.
For the past six years, she has taught at Ako Childcare
Centre in Corstorphine.
She has left legacies at many of the places she has worked
over the years - the most recent was creating a garden at Ako
Childcare Centre, which won an award in the Keep Dunedin
''Before I arrived, the playground was just a paddock.
''Now we've got gardens, a sandpit and a playground, and it
won third prize in this year's Keep Dunedin Beautiful
She also won first prize in the awards for her work on the
Brockville Community Development Project.
Mrs Morey said she planned to spend more time doing what she
called part-time hobbies and jobs, such as tramping and
working with the Brockville Community Development Project,
her church, the West Dunedin Community Youth Trust, the
Brockville Community Support Trust and the Mornington Roslyn
She also wants to spend more time with her four children and
''I'm looking forward to another grandchild arriving in
June,'' she said.
She will be officially farewelled with a community pot luck
tea on Friday.