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Retirement after long, rewarding career

Louise Stewart has been the West Public’s preschool teacher for hundreds of local children.

Narrabri West Public School Preschool teacher Louise Stewart was farewelled by colleagues of many years standing. From left, Trish Lawty, who has worked at the preschool since 2002, Mel Sampson (2012), Acting principal Tania Nichols (1990), Louise Stewart (1981), Manoli Phillips (1987) and Patsy Walker (1991).

Narrabri teacher Louise Stewart has now officially retired after enjoying a rewarding career as a teacher of generations of local children, predominantly at the Narrabri West Public Preschool.

Mrs Stewart began her main preschool teaching term in 1999.

She had originally joined the West school staff as a teacher in 1981 and then moved to the preschool for a few years in 1989-91, working as a casual teacher while her family was young before resuming as teacher at the preschool in 1999.

“I was only able to successfully follow my career with the support of my husband Russell and children Thomas and Ashleigh,” she said.

Mrs Stewart has been the West Public’s preschool teacher for hundreds of local children.

Reflecting on her years at the preschool and earlier, Mrs Stewart acknowledged her career had traversed not only many years, but many lives as she taught preschoolers, and older pupils, and made lifelong friends with the children and their parents across generations.

She and others, like Ellen Gleeson and Trish Lawty at the preschool, were familiar and reassuring faces for the kids.

“I thank my long time teachers’ aides, Ellen Gleeson and Tricia Lawty for their roles and support in the running of the pre school during my career,” Mrs Stewart said.