Retiring head of Ballasalla School Lyn Ashworth issues a cliché alert when discussing why she decided to teach.
‘It sounds a little cheesy but I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to make a difference,’ she said.
As she prepares to retire at Christmas, Lyn still describes her job as ‘the best profession of all’.
Lyn raised her family before doing a four-year Bachelor of Education course in education and geography, at Chester College, now Chester University, graduating in 1993.
She worked at Highfield School in Blacon, outside Chester, for nine years then moved to the island in 2002 when her husband Richard took up his role in the then Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
She taught at Cronk-y-Berry before gaining the deputy headship at Albert Road Junior School under Mike Faragher. In 2009 she became head teacher at Ballasalla.
Lyn has been part of the Department of Education’s literacy moderation team. She enjoyed further professional success when, in 2008, she obtained the National Professional Qualification in Headship. She is secretary to the island branch of the National Association of Head Teachers.
She will miss many aspects of school life, particularly the children, saying residential trips inevitably end up with her ‘dunked in water’, most recently in the Mooragh Park Lake.
Being part of the planning and establishment of Scoill Ree Gorree as the replacement for the ageing Albert Road and developing Ballasalla to become an integral part of the community are among achievements Lyn is most proud of – as well as supporting student and newly qualified teachers.
DEC director of education Geoff Moorcroft said: ‘Lyn has consistently shown commitment, energy and a determination to put children and young people at the heart of her work. At Ballasalla, she has led a safe and secure community based on mutual support and respect.
‘She has forged strong relationships with pupils, colleagues and the community and she’ll be missed by all.’