He came to Wee Waa in 1981 intending to stay for two years, but didn't life turn out differently for Peter Carrett?
Thirty-seven years later Mr Carrett is about to call time on his teaching career, but not on Wee Waa, despite speculation around town that he is on the move.
Mr Carrett will step down as principal of Wee Waa Public School at the end of this school term early next month.
It will bring to an end a career that started at the same venue all those years ago, when it was still Wee Waa Central School.
Dubbo-born Mr Carrett was raised in Moree, and can trace his desire to become a teacher to his younger sister Annette.
"I blame her for that," he said.
"When I was in Year 10 her basketball team needed a coach, she was about nine or 10 - so big brother was volunteered. I coached the team that year and I really enjoyed the experience of working with [younger] kids.
"From there in Year 11 and 12 I set my sights on becoming a teacher."
After training as a primary teacher at teacher's college in Armidale, Mr Carrett arrived at Wee Waa Central School to teach secondary students music.
"The reason for that was that I had majored in music at teacher's college [Mr Carrett comes from a long line of musicians on both sides of his family] - and they deemed I was good enough to teach secondary music," Mr Carrett said.
"My intention was to stay no more than two years."