Bourne teacher Janice retires after 44 years

Bourne retired teacher Janice Jesson at home with her flowers which has special memories for her from School. EMN-140726-230440009
Bourne retired teacher Janice Jesson at home with her flowers which has special memories for her from School. EMN-140726-230440009
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An ICT teacher who has taught at schools across the county since 1970, left school for the final time on Wednesday, July 23.

Janice Jesson, 65, of Exeter Close in Bourne, had aspirations of being a hairdresser until her headteacher told her she should go into teaching.

She said: “The headteacher took me into his office and put me on the lane to being a teacher.”

Mrs Jesson attended Grantham College where she took her A-Levels.

She then received her Certificate of Education whilst studying Art, Textile and Design at Kesteven College of Education, Stoke Rochford - at the end of her degree, one of her art exhibitions was displayed in London.

Mrs Jesson’s teaching career started at the Bourne Abbey Primary School (now CE Academy) in September 1970, where she taught until she went on maternity leave in 1973.

During her maternity leave she had her two children, Hayley in 1973 and Mark in 1975. She was active in her maternity leave, working as a supply teacher for a variety of schools in the county.

She said: “Although I have had senior roles in schools, I always wanted to be with children.”

Mrs Jesson returned to teaching full-time in 1980 at the Robert Manning School, now known as Bourne Academy, where she taught for an impressive 21 years.

During that time she and Mr Derek Bontoft, who celebrated 50 years of teaching in June, supervised children on a number of skiing trips to France, Switzerland and Austria.

She even took her son, Mark, on his first skiing trip with the school when he was 11.

Although Mrs Jesson has not skied for a long time, she is confident that if she went skiing tomorrow she would still be able to do it.

After taking voluntary redundancy from Bourne Academy, Mrs Jesson spent 
the final 14 years of her 
career at the Charles Read Academy.

She also acted as an ICT moderator for the OCR examination board, which saw her invigilating exams in schools across the country.

Janice has seen a lot of changes in education since the beginning of her career - she believes that communication between teachers is not what it used to be.

She said: “Every school had a staff room where we could have a cup of tea and a chat, but now there are offices for different departments the communication between staff is distant.

“Now everything is emailed, and they have lost the personal touch.”

However, she also thinks that the safeguarding of children has come a long way since she began teaching.

Speaking of her experiences as a teacher, Mrs Jesson said: “I have been very happy and the biggest thing I’ll miss will be the children. Closing the classroom door for the last time was quite sad, but I left on a high with good exam results.”