Marie Cox taught at Cooma North Public School for more than 25 years, alongside husband Ron.
It gave her a great vantage point from which to observe and later chronicle the contribution the school made to what has become modern Cooma.
She has brought the school's history alive through the publication of Cooma North School: A Foundation of Multiculturalism, which was launched at a special ceremony on Saturday.
Former students came from all over the country to attend the launch, buy their copies and re-live fond memories.
There are stories, anecdotes and photographs contributed by 130 students and staff, covering the period from 1953 - when the school first opened to cater for families of Snowy Scheme workers - through to the present day.
As Marie Cox says, the stories cover memories of life in Cooma, successes achieved and lifelong friendships cemented.
Snowy Hydro has supported the publication of the book, and all proceeds will go to the school.
For more information, or to obtain copies, contact Marie Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org, or purchase a copy from the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre from the end of March.