Mallett School students say goodbye to three veteran teachers
FARMINGTON - There were plenty of hugs to go around as hundreds of students at W.G. Mallett School said goodbye to three veteran teachers on the last day of this school year.
Teachers Ina Austin, Carla Miller and Julia Hennessy have taught at Mallett School for a combined 99 years. Teaching at both the old and, in its first year, the new Farmington school, Austin has taught kindergarten here for 35 years, first-grade teacher Miller for 30 years and third-grade teacher Hennessy for 34 years. Miller taught eight years before her classroom at Mallett for a 38-year total.
"That's a lot of dedication," Principal Tracy Williams told the students, "that's a lot of teaching."
At the end-of-year assembly held Tuesday morning, the nearly 400 kindergarten through third-grade students wished the retiring teachers a good bye with heart-shaped notes and sweet words of thanks for their classroom years at Mallett School.
Williams read aloud some of the notes that students had written. "You're a really good teacher and I hope you can come back," one student wrote to Miller. Another student said to Miller, "I wish you could stay forever."
"I hope you have a good life," one student's note to Hennessy said. Another, "I will miss you. I even remember that your favorite color is tan. It's tan, isn't it?"
"Miss Austin, you're the best teacher ever," said one of many students who came up to personally give their thanks and hug to their favorite teacher.
Williams gave each a brick from the old Mallett's School memory garden, a certificate of appreciation given by the Mt. Blue district school board and other gifts.
Summer vacation begins Wednesday.