03:01AM, Thursday 11 July 2013
Michelle Gregory, of Wolf Lane, Windsor, says goodbye to pupils at Oakfield First School in Imperial Road at the end of this term.
She has taught there since 1990, and before that was based at Eton Wick School after coming up from her Liverpool home to start her career.
Seven years ago she was made an advanced skills teacher for primary school literacy across the Royal Borough.
For one day a week she visits other schools, training newly qualified teachers and advising on how to encourage literacy in primary school pupils.
It is one of Michelle's proudest achievements.
She said: "Getting the job was quite an ordeal. It was like my own mini-Ofsted investigation.
"They interviewed parents and pupils about me.
"Inspectors spent all of one day watching me at work from 8am to 5pm - but I got it."
So how is she planning to spend her retirement?
Michelle said: "I'm seeing it as an adventure. I'll continue to do some training. But I have a lot of hobbies to concentrate on.
"I like watercolour painting, I play tennis and belong to the Entertainers - a group that performs songs and dances from the shows in sheltered accommodation.
"I have a sister in Canada I want to visit and one in Merseyside."
Her Oakfield pupils said goodbye to her at a school barn dance last week.
Michelle said: "The thing I'm proudest of is when boys I have taught realise that literacy is cool and I see them punch the air because it is time for a lesson.
"I love poetry - I try to write it and I try to communicate that love to pupils."
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