Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship says goodbye to long-serving teacher

Lis Mason centre, with from left, Sandon School assistant head Sara Ellis, 13-year-old Aaron Watts, Robert Wood, 11, Frances Swinnock, 12, and principal in charge of schools Ann White.
Lis Mason centre, with from left, Sandon School assistant head Sara Ellis, 13-year-old Aaron Watts, Robert Wood, 11, Frances Swinnock, 12, and principal in charge of schools Ann White.
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A much-loved speech therapy teacher has retired from Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) after 30 years in the job.

Lis Mason, 54, waved goodbye to Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College on Tuesday after three decades helping the students develop their speech and language skills.

She first came to GANF after helping the hearing impaired at Grantham’s Belton Lane centre. When that closed she saw the job at GANF and was delighted to get the role, which also enabled her to continue working with some of the same children she’d supported at the centre.

Asked what has kept her at GANF for 30 years, Lis said: “Every day is different - I have learned something new every day.

“The highlight of the job has been being with the students and seeing how they progress. Seeing them develop their social skills and become lovely young adults.”

Over the years Lis says she has seen the GANF schools go from ‘strength to strength’.

Students and staff said farewell in a special assembly, with Lis touched by the many cards and gifts. Among those to make a card and give the retiring teacher a hug goodbye was 12-year-old Frances Swinnock, who decribed Mrs Mason as ‘amazing’ and thanked her for teaching ‘jolly phonics’.

Ann White, principal in charge of schools, said: “Lis has been an integral part of our speech and language therapy team across Ambergate and Sandon.

“We have known each other for over 16 years, and she will be sadly missed.”

Lis’ retirement plans include visiting members of her family who live in Denmark. She and her husband live in Cranwell and have a 21-year-old daughter. Lis’ colleagues will also join her for a farewell meal in Barkston next week.