Eleanor Bids Farewell
Friday 29th June 2012
Primary school teacher, Eleanor McGlashan a finalist at the Scottish Education Awards in 2011, retired this week after 30 years of teaching in Clackmannanshire.
Eleanor said a fond and emotional farewell to her colleagues and the children at Tillicoultry Primary School last Friday, the last day of term.
Eleanor began her work in Clackmannanshire Council in 1989 as the only peripatetic primary Physical Education teacher in the area. Travelling and working throughout 20 primary schools, Eleanor created a PE programme that she delivered with support from by primary teachers.
In 2000, she joined the sports development team one day a week and was instrumental in creating the vision and initiating an improvement in the educational opportunities for all pupils in Clackmannanshire.
A hugely popular teacher, Eleanor worked alongside Active Schools co-ordinators to provide support, advice and an understanding on how schools work and strategy on how to develop the partnership.
Since August 2004 Eleanor was been based in Tillicoultry Primary School where her high level of energy and commitment was demonstrated everyday in her teaching and involvement in the ethos of the school.
Eleanor said: "It is with great sadness that I am leaving the school, but I have a number of things planned for my retirement, not least more time for my hobbies of golf, swimming and cycling. I will also have more time to spend with my two grand-children. Along with my husband Hugh, who is also retiring as a chemical engineer, we have planned a trip to Peru.
"My family have also bought me tickets for the final day of swimming competition at the London Olympics.
"I would like to thank all the staff and children at the school and in the Education Department for the stunning and amazing array of gifts I have received."
She developed PE and sport within the school and ran numerous sports clubs and teams including gymnastics, cross country, basketball, badminton, athletics, cricket, and rugby.
Eleanor, who is also a coach with the Falkirk Otters Swimming Club, encouraged pupils over the years to excel and take part in competitions where appropriate. This allowed pupils to develop their commitment, determination, perseverance, self-confidence, awareness and their ability to work in a team.
Eleanor's nomination on the shortlist by the judges for the Lifetime Achievement Award last year was a reflection of the amount of energy, time, knowledge, enthusiasm, skill, passion and compassion that showed over the years on a consistent basis.
Eleanor beat off stiff competition from across Scotland to secure a place as a finalist at the coveted Scottish Education Awards 2011.
Head of Education for Clackmannanshire and Stirling, Belinda Greer said: "I would like to wish Eleanor a long and happy retirement after her outstanding dedication, commitment and loyalty to the teaching and shaping the futures of our young people in Clackmannanshire over so many years. She has been a credit to the teaching profession."
Married to Hugh, Eleanor and her husband have two children, one boy and one girl, as well as two grand-children.