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 â€œQueen of Math,â€ she was presented with a dozen yellow roses, tiara and ribbon bearing the legend, â€œLMS Math Queen.â€
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, â€œDonâ€™t let them take an inch or they will take a mile.â€
Williams retired after 32 years teaching, 15 of those at the middle school instructing students in mathematics.
â€œI have tried to relate math to the real world and every day experiences, so that students realize their need for learning the skills,â€ she said.
Her feelings about retiring were mixed.â€œ It will be an adjustment, for sure, in August when school begins,â€ she said. â€œBut now I can look forward to traveling with friends and swinging my pocketbook with no schoolwork to do.â€
by Special to the LTN