“I did not like teaching,” recalls Mrs. Judy Moon. That was when she started her career at the age of nineteen at Tuxford school. “And I grew up to love it,” she says with a chuckle after almost thirty years in it. Mrs. Moon retire this June along with Ms. Bradley from Milestone school.
Interestingly, it is not just the names that is common to both the retirees. Like Bradley, Moon too is a graduate of the Milestone school, class of 1967. They even acted together in a play while students of the school, as wives of Henry VIII!
Ms. Moon spent most of her teaching career, almost twenty four years, at the school in her home town of Lang. She served as the Principal of the school for years before it closed five years ago. She began teaching at the Milestone Elementary school then.
“The dinner theatres in Lang school, were very dear to my heart,” says Ms. Moon. She directed them for years.
Though Moon has taught children from Kindergarten to Grade 9 over the years, what is special to her was her role as a support services teacher. “When I see some of the children with learning disabilities join the school struggling, but later, with continuous training, learn to read and develop their skills that to me is very rewarding,” she says emotionally. I could easily understand her passion as a teacher and her love to develop theses little ones’ skills in reading.
“Children are like flowers. Some bloom early, some late. But with care, they all will,” she said in her retirement party speech on Sunday the 27th.
Mrs. Moon supervised the physical activity program SPARK, in school, was the sponsor for the milk program and the coordinator for the MS read-a -thon program where, by reading, children gathered money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
A mother of five children, Mrs. Moon taught Sunday school in church, sang in choir and even kept church accounts. “I want to get more involved in church,” says Moon who also has other retirement plans. She looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and also with her husband.
Best wishes to Mrs. Moon as she enters another season of life. May this too be a blessed one!