Celebrating four brilliant careers

Bob Asmus, Marilyn Savage, Annette Clark and Sarah Grodecki.
Bob Asmus, Marilyn Savage, Annette Clark and Sarah Grodecki.

Gleneagle State School celebrated the careers and retirement of four great educators during their last assembly of Term 2.

Bob Asmus, Marilyn Savage, Annette Clark and Sarah Grodecki were farewelled with tributes from staff and students.

Marilyn Savage began her teaching career in 1968, and taught at Gleneagle for 16 of those years. 

Reflecting on her past students brings her joy.

“I know what some of them have done,” she said.

“That is the best part of teaching, knowing that students that I’ve taught … maybe a little bit I’ve helped to really be successful and productive people in the community.” 

 Bob Asmus was inspired to become a teacher following in his sisters’ footsteps.  

He became a teacher in 1974 and taught at Gleneagle for seven years.  

He is well known amongst students and staff for his enjoyable story telling abilities and his ability to capture the attention of many students through his calm manner and interesting narratives.

Mrs Clark’s teaching career started in 1981.

She loved teaching reading and writing to Prep students and seeing them progress and acted as an Indigenous champion in her five years at Gleneagle State School.

Mrs Grodecki has been associated with Gleneagle State School for 40 years, dating back to when her own children were at the school. 

She wanted to become a teacher aide because of her love of working with children and was described by teacher Jacqui Deverill as a ‘modern day Mary Poppins’. 

Principal Jennifer Fenwick was unable to attend, however Mrs Deverill said the four staff members all played a vital role in enriching the lives of hundreds of Gleneagle State School students across their many years of dedicated service. 

“Education goes beyond the four walls of a classroom and these dedicated teachers have done exactly that, contributed to educating each child as a growing and developing young person, not just as students,” she said.

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