A wonderful send-off for a wonderful tutorPosted on 12/04/2016 by Jess O'Connor
Retirement. It’s been the cause of many tears and heartfelt farewells at ITC, as it’s seen us say ‘see you later’ to some fantastic tutors. We’re incredibly fortunate that many of our tutors have taught at the College right up until retirement – like student favourite Steve Burke, who finished teaching late last month.
Steve taught at ITC for 13 years and in that time he inspired hundreds, if not thousands of students to pursue rewarding careers in airline, travel and tourism. A superb tutor with a quick sense of humour and a huge heart, Steve was loved and respected by both staff and students.
In true ITC style, we celebrated his amazing contribution with a delicious lunch (and a speech or two!).
“Steve has made an outstanding contribution here at ITC,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.
“He decided to go teaching later in life, as he had lots of industry experience. His students loved him, and he was always able to make the most complicated subjects seem straightforward. All the staff loved working with Steve too. We will miss him, but wish him all the best for his retirement.”
This may be the end of Steve’s teaching career, but it marks the beginning of another adventure for him and his wife. Together, they will be travelling around Europe for the next six months.
Steve said he’s not going to forget the fun times he had at ITC in a hurry.
“Thank you all for the support, jokes, arguments, strategies, dinners, awards, marking, sharing, discussions and general getting on with it ness that we have shared over the past 13 years,” Steve said.
“I hope you enjoy your time with ITC as much as I have.”
His students – past and present – weren’t going to let him go without a send off, either. In true student style, they took to the ITC Alumni Facebook page to share their messages of gratitude. Below is just a small sample of the heartwarming comments (there were too many to share!).
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