Montclair English teacher downs chalk after 37 years

Beverly Chadwick will leave behind a legacy of a great English teacher.


A CHAPTER has finally ended for a teacher who has shared the power of education and a passion for English with thousands of children on the Bluff and in Montclair.

On 31 January, Beverly Chadwick, who was also known by some of her past pupils as Ms Atkinson, will down her chalk for the last time.

The New Forest High School teacher has reached the final page of her teaching career which spans since 1981 when she first shared her passions at Marlborough Park on the Bluff. She then taught in South-West Namibia and later became a teacher at a blind rehabilitation centre.

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She hoped her love and passion for reading and English has rubbed off on those she has taught throughout the years. “I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the children I have taught, I believe I achieved that goal with some of them. I wish that more children read novels for the love of it and not because they have to, but I also urge parents to read more as well, to set a good example.

Reading gives a person depth and an understanding and a good opportunity to grow their vocabulary,” she explained.

She leaves with these words of wisdom: “For the children, be positive and take responsibility for your own education. Challenge what needs to be challenged. For my fellow teachers, don’t allow anyone to browbeat you. We are teachers, and nobody should ever put you down for being so,” she advised.

Lauren Beukes

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