Teacher, Gina Cooke, will be retiring tomorrow, July 23, from Burbage Primary School, after a teaching career spanning over 40 years.
Zoe Garbutt, Principal of Burbage Primary told Marlborough.news, “Gina is retiring after an amazing career in teaching. She is known to many in the Marlborough area, is teaching the children of ex-pupils and is loved and remembered by many. Where ever you go she meets someone she used to teach and always remembers who they are!
Living in Marlborough, she has taught in several local schools and worked tirelessly supporting children with Dyslexia and other special educational needs. She has been a big force in Marlborough Dyslexia Association.
Most recently she has taught part-time at Burbage Primary School where she will be hugely missed. Her enthusiasm and positive ‘can do anything’ approach has been valued. She’s vivacious, great fun and full of stories to capture her pupils’ imaginations.
Being the totally dynamic person she is, Gina runs around the Bay Meadows area and has asked that any gifts to mark her retirement go towards protecting the area from development. She is passionate about wildlife and the countryside.
We’re really going to miss her and we hope she’ll pop back for the odd supply day.”
Numerous parents have shown their appreciation of Gina on her fundraising page, praising her care for her pupils and her enthusiasm. Parent Nikki McAllistair, summed up the sentiments of many – “Great teachers stay in kids’ memories for ever.”
Gina is looking forward to the freedom retirement will bring and hopes to spend time travelling with her husband. She has already started learning Spanish in readiness.