In memory of Verona McShane, we would like to provide the opportunity for members of our community, students, staff, and families past and present to share their condolences and memories of our much-loved and respected teacher, friend and colleague.
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Verona was a shining light at South Leeds Academy when I was headteacher. She was the voice of the community, the one I went to when I was planning to change something and she always gave her everything because she believed in us. I’m so sad we’ve lost someone who cared so much about the children and families we serve. A massive loss
I really miss McShane she was a nice teacher and she used to have a lot of love off her students but when she passed away all her students started crying because they miss her and I started crying as well
Just heard the absolutely shocking and devastating news. Ms McShane was an absolutely diamond ... not only was she a wonderful woman but she was an amazing teacher. I will never forget her Health & Social classes and and how she went above and beyond for everyone. She really helped me come out of my shell and i wouldn’t have completed my degree if it wasn't for her teaching me. The world has a lost an absolute legend one that will always be missed. RIP Ms McShane ❤️
Miss Mcshane was the best teacher in the whole school she would not tolerate a child bullied or a child crying she would always be there for you i didnt know her as long as most people in the school but she was soo amazing i chose health and social care because of Miss Mcshane but now i dont think i want to do the course anymore i think i might acctually fail without her. Every time i walk into her class i start crying all her memories come back into my head.
Verona McShane, two names from South Leeds Academy which I haven’t ever forgot and will frankly never forget. Even after nearly ten years since leaving school. Verona, was an amazing soul who always had her first priority in school as encouraging success in the children. She didn’t allow a child to go home upset, bullied, worried or ever concerned about coming back in. She stuck up for everyone and despite the divides and challenges of uniting minorities together in school she made sure everybody gelled and got on accordingly. Verona enjoyed joking around with people and always encouraged children to work hard, and play harder. I remember when you would touch her belongings she would stay stuff like “Don’t touch what you can’t afford”, this was so funny as the whole thing behind it was about working harder for your own belongings. Verona leaves behind so many good memories. I want her family to know she was an amazing soul and cared about every individual she knew. My thoughts and condolences are with Verona’s family, colleagues and all students this is upset. RIP Ms McShane
Devastating news and a deep, deep loss. Verona, you are such a huge bundle of infectious energy, always pushing kids the achieve their best and lovingly never taking any rubbish. It was an honour to work with you and be inspired by you. Rest Peacefully x
Verona McShane was the Queen of Belle Isle,an inspiration to every child in South Leeds.She was a beautiful women in mind and body,her presence was unique as a leader and carer.
I first met her at Merlyn Reese as a teaching assistant who was not afraid of hard work,we all knew quickly that she understood our children,she demanded the highest standard.She could shout and smile in the same conversation.I worked with her year 7 children every year,she would recruit older pupils to mentor them in their first year in high school.I
Verona fits the role of legend as she will have had some impact on all the children who attended Merlyn Reece,South Leeds High,South Leeds Academy and Cockburn John Charles.
I say thank you to her family for letting me share her life.
So shocked when I found out. Verona was a lovely woman. She was a helper at merlyn rees and ive know her since 1998. 💗 she was the best teacher you could talk to. Was more like a friend. Not like the other teachers. Vernon will be missed by many. So sad that she has gone. R I.P lovely xx
Such sad news you was one of the best I hope where ever you are you are at rest now we will all miss you forever&always R.I.P ♥️👼
Verona was beautiful, inspirational and selfless. She had a fab sense of humour!
Verona was an amazing teacher with so much positivity and energy. She inspired students to follow their dreams and aspirations and would always make time to listen and support her students.
It was a pleasure supporting in your lessons and getting to know you. I will always cherish our laughs and conversations. You helped me to grow in confidence and to go and follow my dreams.
You will be dearly missed by all of us. Xx
Absolutely devasted at the loss of this lovely lady you really were 1 in a million
A real inspiration to everyone with your life story and someone who truly cared and personally got me through some very dark times.
CJCA will never be the same without you goodnight and godbless XXXXX
I was so sad to hear this terrible news.
I worked with Verona for just over a year - In Youth Work. Such an amazing vibrant soul and a pleasure to work with.
Verona taught me and many others wonderful things which will always live on.
Verona an Amazing Lady you are - Your memories will live on you will never forgotten.
I can’t believe this news, It is so sad, Ms Mcshane was the best childcare teacher, and could talk to her like a friend, your mum, and a councillor all in one. I left school 2 years ago and she pushed me to succeed, which she did. I wouldnt be where I am today without her, fly high 😇❤️
Well what can I say I am deeply shocked to hear of verona passing away I have lovely memories of are school days when she lived in leek Street flats we were best friends then I remember going to her house and seeing her brothers n sisters and her mum would make us scrambled eggs best I've ever eaten to this day. After leaving school we lost touch 40 plus years but I still have lovely memories of her and her family rip my dear friend ❤️xxx
I am extremely saddened and shocked by the recent passing of Verona. I feel lucky to have met and worked with Verona. I know she made a big impact on everyone and every student she met/taught. Verona is one of the reasons I am in my career today as a teacher, which I am very grateful for. My thoughts are with Verona’s family and friends.
In utter shock at hearing this sad news. You always put 110% into everything you did and the pupils were your extended family. My thoughts are with all of your children and grandchildren, you always spoke of them with such pride and I know you were a rock to them.
This was such an upsetting and emotional thing too hear. She was one off the best teachers that anyone could ask for! She put her heart and soul into teaching and making sure everybody was happy! You could be sad go talk too her and within minutes your mood would be lifted and you would feel happy again. My heart goes out too her family, students and the staff that she worked with rest in peace you will never be forgotten xxx
Verona's love of life was infectious. She had the most beautiful smile, and such a generous heart. Verona always fought for what was right, and always put others before herself. Verona, you have played such an important role in the lives of so many. It was truly an honour to know you. When I picture you in my mind, you will always be smiling, dressed in perfectly colour co-ordinated vibrant outfits and just making the world a better place. Rest in peace, dear Verona x
It’s taken a while to formulate words to express how terribly upsetting this news of her passing is. Words just don’t seem enough to convey the the loss and sheer force of nature that ‘Vee’ was.
An enormous empath; a smart and funny woman who challenged people (students, colleagues, management) to push themselves, herself included, to do the right thing and to do it well; to not lose sight that students are always the main priority. So many students respected and loved her because her sincerity, energy, kindness, integrity and authenticity never diminished, even on her bad days.
As a colleague of 9+ years, from a different department, I would often swing by her classroom to say hi, have a catch-up and giggles with her, she really was very lovely. It’s evident by reading other comments that she will undoubtedly be remembered for her charisma, humour, compassion and generosity of spirit, as it should be - not forgetting her lippy and Vivienne Westwood jewellery. She will be greatly missed by many.
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and all those feeling the loss of this great woman.
It was heart-breaking to hear about the passing of the wonderful Verona McShane. Not only was she a remarkable woman who led by example, but she was also one of the most caring and humorous people I had met. I have worked with Verona for over 10 years and she never failed to make me laugh. Whether it was her strange stories or spontaneous comments, each interaction left a lasting memory that will forever be cherished.
The world is a little darker without Verona but her spirit will live on as colleagues, friends, family and pupils share stories about the one and only Ms McShane, AKA the South Leeds legend.