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Big Day
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: May 07, 2015 10:37AM
Today is my last day of teaching. Hanging up the dry erase markers after 51 years of teaching; 2 years in the Peace Corps in Nigeria, 36 years in a high school in NJ and 13 years at a college in NC. My calendar is filling up with good stuff already. They'll be volunteer stuff, travel and hiking in the mountains of NC. It's been a great ride.



Asheville, NC Area
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Pam
Date: May 07, 2015 10:40AM
Congrats!!! I'm only on day 4 so it still feels like just a few days off. Have not even gotten much of a start on my to-do list. But it's all good! Enjoy! grinning smiley
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: mstudio
Date: May 07, 2015 10:57AM
A thank you to you and all of the other teachers out there. Good job!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: lost in space
Date: May 07, 2015 11:02AM
If I'd gone into teaching after my certifications, I'd be proud to have influenced young lives over that many years. Looking back, a few exceptional teachers made a huge difference.

Congratulations!

Someday, here on the MRF, someone will post the question, "Who's still working?"



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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 07, 2015 11:04AM
It was Lux who threw that spitball.
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: May 07, 2015 11:05AM
Congrats!

I'm wondering how you went from teaching high school to teaching college. Did you already have the expertise, or did you need to go back to school yourself?

/Mr Lynn



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Re: Big Day
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: May 07, 2015 11:05AM
smileys with beer Best wishes for a long and fulfilling retirement!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: DP
Date: May 07, 2015 11:11AM
Well done! Enjoy that retirement!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 07, 2015 11:21AM
Congratulations and thanks for your many years of service.



It is what it is.
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: jesse
Date: May 07, 2015 11:32AM
Congratulations!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 07, 2015 11:54AM
Enjoy!!!





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Re: Big Day
Posted by: MikeF
Date: May 07, 2015 11:58AM
Congratulations and enjoy!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 07, 2015 12:01PM
Congratulations ! Many years of helping young people. You have our utmost respect and appreciation.
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: May 07, 2015 12:05PM
Good job, Marty!! Ethyl has been in education all her life, professor of education at university now. Loves kids and helping them. We need more good dedicated teachers. Especially men in elementary grades.



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Re: Big Day
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: May 07, 2015 12:20PM
Huzzah! Congrats and many thanks for your service to our country and Nigeria.



rj
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 07, 2015 12:27PM
51 years????



God, you were a glutton for punishment.



Welcome to the ranks of the retired!



Grab your favorite beverage and relax; you've certainly earned it. smileys with beer
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: May 07, 2015 12:47PM
51 years is pretty unbelievable. One more year for me and I am calling it good after 33 years.



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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Don C
Date: May 07, 2015 01:07PM
I got to 32 years in the school district ... the students can thank me for not being in the classroom ... and I cannot imagine more than 50 years! Great job!

You seem to be the personification of the age-old retiree question, "I have so much to do, how did I find time to work?"

Congratulations!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: robfilms
Date: May 07, 2015 02:24PM
thank you for doing a hard job.

smiley-score010

stay strong

smiley-signs003

be well.

rob
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 07, 2015 02:35PM
Congratulations! You must be really old (says the guy who retired five years ago). Sorry about that hit you are taking on your NJ pension. But thank you for teaching our kids.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: riley5108
Date: May 07, 2015 02:58PM
Congratulations!! After 51 years you deserve some down time. I've found retirement to be the best job I ever had and hope you will too. You'll find plenty to keep you busy and if you are married, wife's are good at finding things. Enjoy!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 07, 2015 03:07PM
Cheers to you!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: blooz
Date: May 07, 2015 04:41PM
Rnjoy and keep busy! You'll have a long life.



And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
Western Massachusetts
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: May 07, 2015 05:57PM
Wow! 51 years? I tip my hat to you, Sir!

Congrats on your retirement. You've earned it!

One thing I've noticed since I've retired is that work takes up a big chunk of your day. I can't even imagine spending 8 or more hours of my day for employment.



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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: May 07, 2015 06:24PM
Congrats, enjoy your retirement!! Teaching for 51 years makes my head spin... thank you for your service!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: vision63
Date: May 07, 2015 06:30PM
Sound like you dug it. Congratulations!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: wave rider
Date: May 07, 2015 08:28PM
Congratulations! Well done!

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Re: Big Day
Posted by: Kate
Date: May 07, 2015 08:45PM
Great job! Enjoy your retirement, mine has been the best part of my life!

Kate
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: May 07, 2015 08:56PM
Thank you all for the well wishes. Yes, it's been a great ride. I started as a 21 year old fresh out of college and went into the Peace Corps with my wife. That's where I got hooked on teaching. I still love the classroom. I didn't want to leave when I was all burned out and bitter. High school kids were great for all those years teaching Biology in NJ, but when I retired from that and moved to NC, I started teaching Anatomy in a Community College here. I also love teaching mostly adults now and I've only did it part time these last 13 years.

My wife and I leave for a trip to eastern Europe in a week. The adventure continues. Now maybe I'll have time to figure out how to post pictures on this forum! That shouldn't take more than a couple of months anyhow.



Asheville, NC Area
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 07, 2015 09:02PM
51 years? pretty unbelievable!

Congratulations!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: JoeBob
Date: May 08, 2015 08:10AM
Congrats! Wife and I were just in Asheville recently for our anniversary, nice change from Wilmington smileys with beer. Enjoyed some local beer while we were there. Have a great retirement!
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Re: Big Day
Posted by: goodmanx
Date: May 08, 2015 09:41AM
congratz, marty! and be sure to cash-in on all the great music that comes to asheville.
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