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Full speed ahead for ex-teacher forced to retire

Pulham St. Mary, Norfolk. Anna Hills who's started her own business as a driving instructor after leaving her job as a teacher

Pulham St. Mary, Norfolk. Anna Hills who's started her own business as a driving instructor after leaving her job as a teacher

A former teacher of more than 40 years is rebuilding her career after a condition forced her to retire from the profession she loved.

Anna Hills, of Pulham St Mary, worked at Bressingham Primary school in 1991, and became deputy headteacher six years later.

Previously, she had studied a degree in teaching in London before teaching in the area and subsequently moved to East Anglia.

But after developing tinnitus - a ringing of the ears - during the summer of 2011, it made it impossible for her to carry on in noisy classrooms, and retired the following year.

“I had been a teacher for 40 years,” she said. “Teaching has been my life.

“I went to the doctor, who told me what it was.

“I did not know what it was to be honest. I just thought it was a bit odd,” she said.

“I was quite devastated because I imagined I would go on teaching until proper retirement age.

“It came as a blow to realise what I had been used to doing was not to be anymore.

“I could not function in the classroom because of the noise levels.

“I had to take a difficult decision.

“Most teachers who take early retirement do supply teaching but that was not an option.”

After retiring from teaching in July of last year, Ms Hills looked to the future, and began training to become a driving instructor.

Ms Hills qualified this year, with her career taking a new turn.

“I am a very positive person,” she said. “I thought - I have got this condition, how can I use my talents?

“It was such a blow but I am a positive person, so I had to find something else to do to earn a living.

“I am still teaching but it is very different teaching.

“I taught primary school aged children and I am now teaching 17 and 18-year-olds which I am loving but it is very different.

“To see people progress is what teaching is all about, and enjoying other people’s success.

“Since the summer I am proud to say I have had three pupils pass first time.”

To book a driving lesson with Ms Hills, call 07748 904105 or visit www.annathedrivinginstructor.co.uk.

 

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