She’s had a hand in shaping the lives of successive generations in the Kinglassie community, but after nearly a quarter of a century it’s time for a well earned rest.
For early years teacher Carole Redpath retired this month after 24 happy years working at Kinglassie Nursery.
Having some of those children now coming back as adults with their own children is a very special feelingCarole Redpath
And while she is looking forward to having more free time, Carole admitted to a tinge of sadness to be leaving a role that has placed her at the heart of the Kinglassie community for such a long period of her life.
“I must admit it will take a while to get used to not having the children around me every day, but I am looking forward to being able to go on holiday outwith the school holiday periods,” said Carole.
“The time has gone in a blink of an eye and it has been a real privilege to have been involved in the formative years of so many youngsters, seeing them come through the door on their first day and then watching them progress through the school,” she added.
“Having some of those children now coming back as adults with their own children is a very special feeling and one that I will cherish.”
Carole started her career in 1990 and the following year walked through the doors of Kinglassie nursery for the first time, where she has stayed ever since.
“Ive been lucky to work with some special colleagues over the years and living not too far away in Leslie I’ll be keeping touch with many of them,” she said.
Jackie Carswell, head teacher at Kinglassie school, was quick to pay tribute to carole’s 24 years of service.
“Carole Redpath has been an early years officer at Kinglassie for just over 24 years and many generations of family have passed through her care, she said.
“She has built up a lot of respect from children, colleagues and parents.
“We would like to thank Carole for her support and commitment and wish her all the best for her retirement, she will be sadly missed.”
And it seems Carole will have much of her new-found free time taken up come June with the arrival of her first grandchild.