Sue Knight retires after 44 years teaching in the Borough.
Many Eaglehawk residents will remember Glen and Sue Knight, staff members at Eaglehawk Secondary College for the past 44 years. This year, Glen and Sue decided to retire.
Sue Byrnes came to Eaglehawk High Tech in 1975 as a Physical Education teacher and spent the next twelve months rather stunned as she couldn’t believe she had landed in Central Victoria after applying for every beach school in the state! Sue taught for three years to serve out her bonded studentship and then headed off with a backpack and two teaching friends to see the world for a year. On her return, she met her husband Glen at ESC, commerce teacher, then Business Manager. “As I look back on my 44 years of teaching at ESC it invokes many special memories”
“We have just finished renovating our house at Eppalock, and nearly every tradie that came to do a job recognised me from coaching sport or teaching, predominately Burra ex students”. We would then spend an hour or more reminiscing….”geez miss, I was a bugger weren’t I” I would always reply as to how much I enjoyed teaching him/her and the more spirited, the happier I was for the challenge”. “I’d whip out that sense of humour, empathy and sound knowledge and away we’d go and I know I will miss helping teenagers terribly”. “l look back at this long time of teaching and it makes me smile to think of all the fun we had. Staff and students and the special relationships I formed. It’s great meeting up with ex students on social media or just down the street and there is something very special about Eaglehawk students’.
.Glen Knight retired on November 5th this year. “This Thursday at 5:00pm I will walk out of ESC the same way as I have done for the past 30 years or so. The difference this time is that I will not be back”. Glen started his career teaching Commerce, and still has the first stick of chalk that he used in his first lesson. He was so nervous that he was sweating, and the perspiration from his hands went onto the chalk and wet it so he couldn’t write on the blackboard. He kept that little piece of chalk. “I will miss all the staff who have made a difference to so many lives including my own. I have spent over half of my life at this school and want to enjoy some “me time” by retiring early and meeting some new challenges at the beach”.