Albany’s Most Influential — the teacher of generations

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Veteran primary school teacher Findlay MacNish.
Camera IconVeteran primary school teacher Findlay MacNish. Credit: Toby Hussey

Teachers can have such a big impact on so many young ones in the midst of their formative years.

Few teachers in the history of this city have had the impact of Findlay MacNish, who has been in the profession for nearly half a century.

Since Mr MacNish started his teaching career at 20 years old, his passion has left an impression on thousands of children.

“My grandfather and my mother were both teachers. I have two sisters who are teachers and many other family members who teach,” he said.

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“It’s a family affair.”

While his family was a driving force behind his journey into teaching, his own education also played a part.

Mr MacNish was bullied as a child, and he thought that as a teacher, he could help change the schooling experience for other children.

He has taught generations of students at Albany Primary School in the past 44 years, where he works alongside his wife who is also a primary school teacher.

Outside of the classroom and away from the books, he is heavily involved in musicals with his students and through the Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company.

Students past and present have told him they know what they want to do with their life because he opened their eyes to it.

Mr MacNish said teaching was challenging, rewarding and incredibly fulfilling.

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