DAVID SMITH may have hung up his hat as the headteacher of Fintry Primary School but he will continue to pass on his knowledge in his new role as education officer at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.
He is looking forward to visiting schools, community groups and other classes to spread the word about the area’s history through information and artefacts.
Mr Smith said: “I am really excited about being part of an extremely valuable resource for Stirling.
It is a cultural and educational hub for all the people and I am proud to be sharing all the knowledge that can be found there.”
Mr Smith worked as headteacher at the small primary school for 12 years until his retirement.
He received numerous accolades while he was there, most recently he was runner-up in the Scottish headteacher awards for headteacher of the year and lifetime achievement category.
Under his leadership the school received a glowing HMIe Inspection Report which specifically mentioned his ‘inspirational and effective leadership’.
Prior to that he was an education officer at the BBC advising the corporation on national TV series.
Although this was a dream job, he felt drawn back to teaching as the web based side of things started to take over.
Councillor Colin O’Brien, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said: “It is a great reward to have such an experienced person joining the Stirling Smith team.
“He is bringing a wealth of knowledge to the gallery and museum as well as being a familiar face to many local people.
“We would like to wish him a warm welcome and wish him luck in his new post.”