GRADUATING: After 40 years, Cheryl Harris' is saying goodbye to teaching.
GRADUATING: After 40 years, Cheryl Harris' is saying goodbye to teaching. Tessa Flemming

Warwick West farewells school legend

WARWICK West State School has bid farewell to Cheryl Harris after 40 years in the education department.

Mrs Harris, who started teaching in 1979 at Woodridge's Harris Fields State School, has worked in a range of education roles over the years.

She enjoyed a stint as acting principal at Warwick Central State School, before taking up her post at Warwick West School in 2000.

While Mrs Harris looks forward to spending more time travelling with her husband, Ken, she said she would miss the dedication of her Warwick West team.

"I will miss being able to shape our future," Mrs Harris said.

"We have achieved a lot over the past few years. I will miss the opportunity to work with a team that has the kids' best interests at heart."

And of course, Mrs Harris will miss the students.

"I love seeing the excitement on the kids' faces. I love seeing them learn and discover things," she said.

"l love seeing them work a little bit harder and their excitement when it pays off."

Warwick West State School principal Jason Callcott said Mrs Harris had been an 'integral part' of the school's leadership team.

"Cheryl has been a wonderful member of the Warwick West State School community for nearly two decades," Mr Callcott said.

"Her leadership, wisdom and knowledge will be greatly missed.

"Not only will we miss her professionally, but also personally. She has been a wonderful friend and colleague."

Mrs Harris has seen a lot in her years of teaching, but the biggest change she witnessed was the use of technology.

"When I started in Woodridge everything was different," she said.

"Kids now have opportunities to work with iPads and teachers have all different types of mediums to work with."

Mrs Harris will go on well-deserved long service leave in Term 3, before her official retirement.



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