‘Irreplaceable’ East Hamilton Hill PS teacher rings bell on career


East Hamilton Primary school teacher Jo Sterkenburg is retiring after 40 years in the field. �������d470599
East Hamilton Primary school teacher Jo Sterkenburg is retiring after 40 years in the field. �������d470599

AN East Hamilton Hill Primary School teacher described by her principal as “irreplaceable” has decided to call time at the school and her 40-year career in education.

Early childhood specialist Jo Sterkenburg said it was a sad time but she was excited for the next chapter in her life.

“I got to a point where I knew it was time to let somebody else take the reins,” she said.

“I just had a feeling.”

Mr Sterkenburg began her teaching career in Wyndham before moving to the Wheatbelt.

She then moved to Perth, where she taught at Phoenix Primary School.

Her last 32 years were spent at East Hamilton Hill.

She said it would be the children that she would miss the most about the job.

“Teaching in the early learning area, when they come to us they’re so keen and willing to learn; they’re just like little sponges, she said.

“They give you so much too.”

Principal Geoff Miller said Ms Sterkenburg was an irreplaceable member of his staff.

“She is held in the highest regard by all teachers, parents and students for her dedication, enthusiasm and determination to make a difference,” he said.

“Her happy disposition, together with her passion and empathy towards students, has seen her become a highly valued and respected member of our school community who will be missed.”

Ms Sterkenburg was farewelled from the school at a special assembly on Friday.

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