Teacher retires after 41 years

As Denise Shears led her first grade students through the hallways of Monroe Elementary this week, the children followed her dutifully, repeated whatever words she jokingly told them to say, and expressed their love for their teacher.

"I wish you were my big sister," one girl said as she hugged Shears before going into the next class.

"We're all going to miss you," a boy called out as Shears mentioned her upcoming retirement.

"It's gonna kill me to leave," Shears said, fighting back tears as she sat at a small blue table in her classroom. "I still get that joy and that excitement every day fro...


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