West Gore School librarian and teacher aide Jenny Wallis says patience and humour have been key in her 25 years of service to the school.
Mrs Wallis has a long affiliation with the school, as she attended West Gore when she was a child. Both her children also attended.
She said the recent celebrations for her service were a bit overwhelming and she was very spoilt.
“It was lovely to be really acknowledged; it was really, really nice,” she said.
Mrs Wallis said she first became the school’s librarian after being a parent helper and she became a teacher aide a few years after that.
“It’s been really rewarding, with lots of changes.”
Technology was one of the biggest changes Mrs Wallis had seen, which she said was a challenge for her.
“I’m old-school. I’m not a spring chicken and it’s just the changes with technology . . . When I first started the library wasn’t even computerised.”
Mrs Wallis said she had seen many staff come and go during her time at the school.
Some of the children Mrs Wallis had taught attended the celebrations.
It was nice the children came back and acknowledged her after they had left school and that they still remembered the work she did with them, she said.
“It’s really rewarding working with children. When they achieve things, even little things, it’s really nice.”
Mrs Wallis said she enjoyed spending quality one-on-one time with the children that regular teachers did not get.
“My favourite place is still the library and children reading and enjoying books.”