KAYE McFarlane never had any doubts about what she would do for a living.
She knew from a young age that teaching and mentoring young people would be a large part of her life.
And after fulfilling that dream the much-loved history and English teacher at Rochester Secondary College has retired.
Originally from the Yarra Valley, Kaye moved to Echuca in 1993 after teaching at several schools across the state.
She worked at St Joseph’s and Campaspe College of Adult Education in Echuca but immediately fell in love with the Rochester school community when she began 16 years ago.
“I love everything about this school,” she said.
“The kids are friendly, it has a happy atmosphere and the staff are some of the most inspirational people I have ever met.
“There are so many talented, generous people that work here.”
And it was those relationships formed with staff and students that Kaye said were the reason she loved teaching.
“You become quite close to the students and form a relationship with them,” she said.
“I love watching them mature into young adults and I feel very proud knowing I’ve helped them on their journey.”
Kaye celebrated her retirement and reminisced about her time at the school at a recent assembly.
“I had a wonderful send-off and was really spoiled,” she said.
“There were so many kind words and it made me grateful that I was able to be part of this great school.
‘‘I’m now looking forward to doing some volunteering and travelling in my retirement.’’
Principal Bernie Altmann said Kaye was an inspirational teacher the school was lucky to have.
“Her unconditional respect and passion for what she does has been amazing,” she said.
“She will be sorely missed by staff and students but we wish her all the best for the future.”