Northwood Elementary honors retiring teachers

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Friends, family and colleagues honored retiring Northwood Elementary School teachers Dianne Jones, Sheila Holloway, Martha Barton, Pat Houston and Susan Diven on Sunday at the Crestview Community Center.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM.

CRESTVIEW — As the school year ends this week, so will the careers of several retiring teachers.

Northwood Elementary School on Sunday showed its appreciation for five retiring teachers as friends, family and colleagues honored five long-time educators — Martha Barton, Susan Diven, Sheila Holloway, Pat Houston and Dianne Jones — at the Crestview Community Center.

Attendees could leave gifts and personal notes of best wishes at tables dedicated to each teacher. Cake and punch were provided along with music from two members of Crestview High School’s jazz band.  

It was a celebration of each teacher’s commitment to serve north Okaloosa County’s children, organizers said.

"We wanted the community to come and celebrate with them," said Adrienne Hansen, a committee member and literacy coach at the school. "All of these ladies have been teaching for 30-plus years...

"Whoever comes in behind them, they are going to have really big shoes to fill.”

Chuck Cosand, a volunteer mentor, said Barton’s suggestion persuaded him and others to work with students after they retired.

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