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Surprise party thrown for retiring math teacher

Students, teammates and parents honored Lincolnton Middle School sixth-grade teacher Betsy Williams with a surprise retirement party her last full day of teaching.
Honored as “Queen of Math,” she was presented with a dozen yellow roses, tiara and ribbon bearing the legend, “LMS Math Queen.”
Her students presented her with a letter book of personal notes of remembrances honoring her teaching.
After the party concluded, the students escorted her to the front of the school where a hearse awaited to take her on a final ride.
Fellow teachers and teammates Kelly Reynolds and Amber Cather presented her with a top ten list of life lessons they acquired working alongside her. Included in that list was the familiar saying, “Don’t let them take an inch or they will take a mile.”
Williams retired after 32 years teaching, 15 of those at the middle school instructing students in mathematics.
“I have tried to relate math to the real world and every day experiences, so that students realize their need for learning the skills,” she said.
Her feelings about retiring were mixed.“ It will be an adjustment, for sure, in August when school begins,” she said. “But now I can look forward to traveling with friends and swinging my pocketbook with no schoolwork to do.”
by Special to the LTN

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