ONE of the longest serving teachers in the Selby area has retired after 39 years service at South Milford Primary school.

Pam Carklewicz, or “Mrs C”, as she is affectionately known, started her teaching career 45 years ago in Leicester, later holding a position in Sheffield before moving to South Milford.

Pam, who has served under six head teachers, and lives in Burton Salmon, said; “It has been a joy and privilege to work with the children and their families, I will miss them a lot.”

But she intends to keep in touch with the staff at the school and hopes to visit to meet the children again.

Mrs Cerklewicz qualified as a teacher in 1972 and in 1975. Having previously taught in schools in Leicester and Sheffield, she applied for a teaching post at South Milford.

She said she still remembers, as if it was yesterday, driving into the school car park for her interview.

She taught full time until the birth of her children but continued to do supply work for a number of years until settling into a job-share arrangement with a number of different colleagues. Now she says she is looking forward to having more time to herself to do all the things that she never had time for.

A school spokesman said: “Mrs C is a great loss to the school but all good things must come to an end. She has been an institution: hard working, reliable, loyal, enthusiastic, warm-hearted, firm but fair and a truly inspirational teacher. We’re sure Mrs C will miss the children, her colleagues and her friends, so she’ll have to come back and see us often – we wouldn’t want her getting withdrawal symptoms.”