Leslie teacher retires after 40 years

Lilly  Proudfoot, Headteacher at Leslie Primary School is retiring
Lilly Proudfoot, Headteacher at Leslie Primary School is retiring

Leslie Primary school headteacher Lilly Proudfoot has retired after 40 years as a teacher.

Mrs Proudfoot recalled her beginnings in teaching.

She said: “I remember my first day as a teacher. It was in August 1971 at St Agathas which was in Methill and then moved to Leven before I left. It does feel like yesterday.

“When I think about all the kids I have seen at the different schools I have worked in, I still remember my first class.

“I can still picture quite a lot of them. I had primary one, two and three together, with several children from the same families in that class.

“That was something that they deliberately tried at that time, but it didn’t last for very long.”

Mrs Proudfoot has always felt at home at Leslie Primary, where she has been since 2004.

She said: “When I came for the interview here I walked in and felt the atmosphere was great and it was the school for me. So I was thrilled when I got the job.

“In my first morning I want round the classes and felt at home immediately. I have enjoyed it ever since.

“I have had a super staff, a community that has backed me and lovely kids.

“I am in two minds whether to go or not! But seriously it is time to go. I have just loved being here.

“The school has had lots of successes since I have been here, I’m very proud of the achievements of the school.

“I am always very proud of the kids. We give them lots of good experiences. I have just loved it, I’m sad to be leaving.

“I must mention my principal Moira Glen and former deputy Anne Craig. Moira and Anne have been superb colleagues and so supportive as part of the management team at Leslie.”

As well as Leslie and St Agathas, Mrs Proudfoot worked at Southwood, Pitteuchar West, Gateside, Pitcouidie, Collydean, St Paul’s and St Monans.

Her attention however now turns to retirement.

“I’m looking forward to doing new things and a new chapter in my life, she said.

“I have been on the General Teaching Council for a year and a half, as well as other committees, but I have had to come off them now as I am not a headteacher. But I have accepted a job to be an area officer and possibly a job with the GTC.

“I have got an 18 month old grandson, Duncan, I love him to bits. So I will be having ‘Duncan time’.

“Which means those jobs are strictly part-time.”

Mrs Proudfoot has been married to electrician Donald for 35 years, they have two daughters, retail manager Suzanne and trainee solicitor Jennifer.