Our teacher is real class act!

PUBLISHED: 11:27 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:54 12 May 2010

Teacher Kathy Galley, with Olivia Mindel, whose mother she taught, and Year 7 student Jack Copeland, whose uncle was also one of her pupils - 2026DW7

Teacher Kathy Galley, with Olivia Mindel, whose mother she taught, and Year 7 student Jack Copeland, whose uncle was also one of her pupils - 2026DW7

A TEACHER whose students include the children of her former pupils has been rewarded for her long service. Kathy Galley has been at Greneway School, in Garden Walk, Royston, since 1978, and is now teaching the sons, daughters, nephews and nieces of her or

A TEACHER whose students include the children of her former pupils has been rewarded for her long service.

Kathy Galley has been at Greneway School, in Garden Walk, Royston, since 1978, and is now teaching the sons, daughters, nephews and nieces of her original pupils.

And to celebrate her achievement and dedication, she has received a Hertfordshire Long Service Award, for those who have completed 20 years or more service.

Mrs Galley, 50, who is leader of history said: "I enjoy teaching and have enjoyed my time at the school. It's funny because after my first two years I wasn't sure that I could do it much longer - but now look!

"I've been here so long that I'm teaching a second generation of family members.

"It is nice, but it does make you feel old.

"You can really see some of the similarities between the families and I think that parents will probably like the idea of their children being taught by one of their old teachers - they will know what to expect."

Year 8 pupil Olivia Mindel said: "When I found out that my mum was taught by Mrs Galley I was surprised. Not many can say that their teacher taught one of their parents."

Mrs Galley is not the only member of staff to be congratulated at Greneway.

Design and technology technician, Adrian Jacobs and school manager Barbara Burgess also received awards after working in Hertfordshire schools for the last 30 years.

A spokeswoman for Greneway said: "This is a very rare achievement and they have deservedly been rewarded for their commitment to the school."

The Greneway staff were among 400 people across Hertfordshire to receive the service award, clocking up more than 10,000 years of service between them.

John Harris the Children, Schools and Families director for Hertfordshire said: "We really appreciate the dedication and commitment of all these long-serving members of staff.

"The awards are a small recognition of the tremendous job they do and they should feel very proud.

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