Thank you Helen!
Helen Taylor has retired after 51 years’ service to education in the Territory.
She arrived in Darwin in 1968, and taught at five Darwin schools from 1969 to 1989, a career progression broken only by Cyclone Tracy.
During the 70s she returned to Darwin Primary School three times, and worked as an early childhood senior teacher at Larrakeyah and Karama primary schools. She became temporary assistant principal at Karama Primary School.
In the late 80s she became a physical education specialist at Gray Primary School, before moving into the role of executive officer of School Sport NT.
Mrs Taylor said: “I have never wanted to teach anywhere else, and I have seen so many places and met so many wonderful people — students, teachers, leaders and parents — making life-long friendships while doing a really enjoyable job.
“If I had my time again, I don’t think I’d change a thing,
“Kids are kids wherever they go to school. They learn despite their teachers and the system.
“It’s just awesome to be a part of someone’s new discoveries every day, and share their growth.
“My hope for the children I have taught is they believe in themselves, and irrespective of what they choose to do in life, make positive contributions to themselves and others — and enjoy doing it.”
Helen Taylor lives in Virginia with her husband Jim. She enjoys gardening and travel.