The dedicated Principal of Pool Academy has announced she will be retiring after 17 years at the school.
Zelma Hill will be leaving at the end of the summer term ending a career spanning 37 years.
Staff and Governors, have been sending messages of thanks for her years of service to the community.
Mrs Hill, who won the Pearson Education Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012, said: “Being a teacher is the best job in the world.
“It has been a real privilege working with such wonderful young people, amazing, talented staff and wonderful supportive governors.
“I always look forward to coming to work as every day is different and our community is such a special one.”
Mrs Hill first started working in education in 1980, aged 22, after training as a primary school teacher. Her first job was at an 11-18 comprehensive school in Walsall. In 1985 she moved to Plymouth to work in the newly opened Lipson Community College. Mrs Hill became Head of Science at Stoke Damerel School, in Plymouth, in 1989.
She said. “I have always loved teaching Science.”
In 1994 she became Vice Principal of Plymstock School, in Plymouth, where she was a national finalist in the Teacher of the Year 2001 for working with Business and the community.
In September 2001 she was appointed as Head teacher at Pool School, which under her leadership became an Academy in 2011.
Mrs Hill said: “I wanted to be a school leader in order to improve the lives and opportunities for young people.
“Working with the community in Pool was also really important to me.”
Mr Nick Lake, Chair of Governors, said: “Mrs Hill is retiring at the end of the academic year after 17 years of highly successful and dedicated service to Pool Academy as Principal.
“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the governors, staff, students, parents and carers to thanks Mrs Hill for everything she has given the school during this time.”
Claire Meakin, current Vice Principal, will take over the role from September this year.
She has worked at the Academy for more than eight years.