A TUTOR celebrated 25 years of teaching at South Essex College on Friday.
Sue Tricio, who is a travel & tourism lecturer at the College’s Thurrock Campus, started at the then Thurrock College on 4 September 1990.
Sue has seen many changes, including the merger of Basildon and Thurrock Colleges, and, in 2010, the coming together of South East Essex College and Thurrock and Basildon College to form South Essex College.
Prior to joining the College, Sue worked in the travel & tourism industry in Spain before coming back to the UK to pass on her wealth of experience and knowledge to students.
Despite reaching her quarter of a century milestone, Sue said she had no plans to give up her ‘dream job’.
She said: “I love every single day. To know I’m helping young people get the qualifications to pursue their dream makes everything worthwhile. I see my students as my children and my classroom as my living room – we’re like one big family – so it really means a lot when I see them do well.
“It’s lovely when former students come in to tell us how they’re getting on, but I know I’ve been here a while when I see children of those who I taught all those years ago come to the College!”
A surprise gathering of staff at the College’s Thurrock Campus was arranged to mark the occasion where Sue received cards, flowers and gifts.
Alan Pease, Head of Department for Sport, Public Services, Travel and Tourism, said Sue was a valuable member of staff and paid tribute to her.
He said: “Sue is an admired member of staff, not just by her colleagues, but also by the students. Her dedication to helping students is second to none and I’m delighted to celebrate this occasion with her. She truly is a wonderful lady.”