Northwood Elementary honors retiring teachers

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM.

"She is a very caring, very devoted teacher," he said of the volunteer coordinator. "She asked a lot of us to come back for one more year and so we did, just because of her."

Susan Diven — who spent her entire 36-year teaching career at Northwood — said she now plans to focus on family.

"I plan on spending more time with my grandchildren and traveling with my husband, Jerry," she said.

Holloway said she would miss a career inspired by two educators in her family — her mother, Sarah Rodgers, and sister-in-law, Renee Rodgers — and praised the school’s current staff.

"As the years progressed, I have met and learned from the best," she said in an email. "It’s been an awesome journey.

"The impact of seeing these dynamic teachers would change the minds of those who have negative opinions of our public education system.”

Houston said she will "miss the smiling faces of my students and their eagerness to learn." 

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