When Grangemouth High School’s head teacher retires she will remain in education ... as a student.
Lyn Brown, who has just turned 60, will be leaving the post she has held since 2007 at the end of term and head to Edinburgh University, where she will study to become a professional tourist guide.
“I’ve now got a student card and a bus pass,” she joked.
Glasgow-born Lyn has been teaching for almost 40 years, starting off her career in 1974 as a French and German teacher at Earnock High School in Hamiliton.
“I wanted to be an air stewardess, but I got married and thought I would give teaching a try,’’ she said. ‘‘I loved it – the thrill you get when the penny drops for a youngster and you see them achieve their goals, there’s nothing like it.”
Lyn, who will be succeeded by current Graeme High School deputy head Paul Dunn, was in charge when the school moved to its state-of-the-art new premises in 2009 and believes she is leaving it in good hands.
“You want to do your best for every single child and not give up on them, that’s very much the spirit here at Grangemouth. The pupils really value and respect their school.”
Although looking forward to new challenges, Lyn will always hold a place in her heart for Grangemouth High.
“I’ve had so much support from the staff and I will miss them all and all the children,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve enjoyed teaching, I wouldn’t have stayed this long if I didn’t.
“I don’t think there is any career like it. You really get to make a difference.”