JACKIE Teale, a successful headteacher at Shepley First School, has died aged 51.
Jackie, who died on Friday morning at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, had suffered from breast cancer for just over two years.
She leaves a husband, Steve, and two children, Daniel Webb, 26, and Charlotte Webb, 19, from a previous marriage to George Webb.
Jackie, of Ayres Drive, Cowlersley, began her teaching career at Spring Grove (Springwood) and Mount Pleasant (Lockwood) schools.
She then moved to Linthwaite County Junior and Infants, where she eventually became acting deputy headteacher.
She moved to Scholes Junior and Infant School near Holmfirth as deputy headteacher to Mike Whitfield, a long-term friend.
She moved to Shepley First School in 1999 as headteacher.
The proudest moment in her career came in 2004 when Shepley was identified as one of only five schools in Kirklees to be highlighted as `outstanding' by inspectors from Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education.
At the time Jackie was quoted in the Examiner as saying that it was a credit to everyone at the school - the parents, the children, the staff and the governors.
Ironically, news of the honour came just after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Her husband, Steve, 41, a journalist, said: "Jackie seemed to excel at everything she did, by a mixture of ability and hard work.
"She wanted to be a headteacher, not just at any school but at a really good one.
"She was incredibly delighted to be head at Shepley.
"She was so proud of the school and everything about it.
"But, more importantly, she was also an incredibly loving wife and proud mother.
"She counted herself lucky to have good friends, most especially Eileen Houghton who worked with Jackie at Mount Pleasant, Linthwaite and Shepley."
Daniel, a driver, said: "I will always love her and miss her."
Charlotte is training at Leeds Metropolitan University to be a teacher.
She said: "I am so proud of the way she touched so many people's lives and that she was a great teacher and an even better mum."
Jackie, who was born in Slaithwaite and raised in Golcar, will be buried at Golcar Parish Church following a service at Golcar Providence Chapel at 1pm next Friday.
A reception at the Pennine Manor Hotel, Scapegoat Hill, will follow.
Steve said: "We are sure there will be lots of people who want to say goodbye to Jackie.
"They are all welcome to come to the funeral, whether they're people who knew her through schools or by other means."