From decades of classroom work to life on the farm
AFTER 36 years of unbroken service, Keith Larsson is retiring from teaching.
The Mallanganee boy who went on to become the principal of Bonalbo Central School has decided it's time for a change.
He's swapping interactive whiteboards and school budgets for life on the farm and helping his brother, Stuart with his agricultural business, Mara Seeds.
Mr Larsson, who went to primary school at Mallanganee and Tunglebung, completed high school at The Armidale School.
He also studied at Hawkesbury Agricultural College before he accepted a teaching scholarship at Sydney Teachers College.
He undertook many roles at Bonalbo, including teaching science and agriculture, and being head teacher of math/science. In 2000, Mr Larsson was appointed deputy principal. He took on the principal's job in 2005 after relieving in the position for part of 2003 and 2004.
Mr Larsson felt his appointment provided some stability to the school, which had had eight principals in the previous 16 years.
Mr Larsson said some of the highlights of his tenure at Bonalbo Central School included establishing agriculture as a course in all secondary years, initiating the purchase of more land and other agricultural resources for the school, working with many professional and dedicated staff, teaching many great students and watching them achieve in their chosen professions.