A Midlands care home resident and former teacher recently fulfilled her dream of returning to the classroom to share her extensive knowledge of both Judaism and braille with primary school children.
Maxine Rudolph, 81, a resident of Blossomfield Care Home in Solihull, recently returned to the classroom to engage with students at St Augustine’s School in Solihull. With a remarkable 40-year teaching career and a dedication to assisting the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Maxine brought her wealth of knowledge and experience to inspire young minds.
Having devoted 23 years of her teaching career to Sinai School, London, Maxine’s commitment to education and helping others never left. Upon retirement, she took on a voluntary position at Kisharon Day School and became affectionately known as the “fairy godmother”. Maxine’s roles encompassed speech and language therapy, caring for school resources, organising the library, and ensuring vibrant displays showcased students’ hard work.
Maxine’s enthusiasm for helping others also extended beyond her teaching career. When she wasn’t working at a school, Maxine volunteered her time at a recording studio, producing the Harrow Talking Newspaper and recording magazines for the blind.
Her dedication to supporting those with visual impairments began during her time at the RNIB, where she served as a qualified Braille expert, reader, and transcriber of exam papers and books.
Maxine’s recent visit to St Augustine’s School allowed her to share her knowledge of Judaism and the Passover Festival, while also introducing students to skills such as Makaton and braille — and delved deeper into the story of Louis Braille —all of which are part of the school’s curriculum.
Bo Micu, Home Manager at Blossomfield Rose, commented: “It was a joy to see Maxine in her element, sharing her wisdom and passion for teaching with the students. The children loved her stories and it was great to see them getting involved and asking questions, learning from her wealth of experience.”
In her spare time, Maxine also provided tutoring to children in need of extra academic support, including special needs children. Whilst also supporting the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust – fondly remembering her beloved nephew, raising funds and promoting religious harmony and leadership skills.
The Macc Care Group owns a collection of thirteen homes across the Midlands. The group prides itself on three core values — love, care and compassion. Its luxury developments address elderly nursing, dementia and residential care with a commitment to support and enrich the lives of all its communities.