Teacher to call it a day after 40 years in the job


From left: Sue Charlick, parent and past student Skye Langston, Leanne Sharp, parent and past student Tarquin McElvenny, students Hamish McElvenny and Charlie Langston.
From left: Sue Charlick, parent and past student Skye Langston, Leanne Sharp, parent and past student Tarquin McElvenny, students Hamish McElvenny and Charlie Langston.

MT Lawley was like a country town when Leanne Sharp started her teaching career at the Mt Lawley Primary School Kindergarten in 1977.

After almost 40 years at the school, Mrs Sharp will retire at the end of Term 1 along with her education assistant Sue Charlick.

Mrs Sharp said the school was very different when she started.

“I was very young and fresh in those days – Mt Lawley was like a country town,” she said.

“Teachers had to wear stockings and men had to wear ties, there were blackboards and chalk.

“Everything was prim and proper.”

Mrs Sharp said she was proud that together with Mrs Charlick, they were able to touch so many lives.

“It has been the best life,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family.”

Mt Lawley Primary School principal Don Barba said the pair excelled in their roles at the school.

“The school believes that both Leanne and Sue can take pride in the passion, understanding and teaching qualities they brought to education and in particular to the students at Mt Lawley primary,” he said.

“Their professional manner has always reflected the department’s Classroom First strategy in affirming that students always came first.”