Retiring school teacher John Kuper says he's often asked by former students to teach their kids.

"They obviously liked me 25 years ago!"

The 65-year-old retires from full-time teaching at Taupō Intermediate this Friday, after 34 years with the school.

John's first teaching jobs were at full primary schools in Te Teko and Ōtorohanga, but says he loves teaching 11 and 12-year-olds.

"When I first taught at Taupō Intermediate School, I realised that age group,