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By Hannah Romero
Staff Writer 

Teacher retires after 41 years


April 14, 2022

Hannah Romero

Denise Shears prepares to read a book to her students Monday afternoon at Monroe Elementary School. At the end of the school year, she will retire from a career that has spanned four decades.

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...

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