Northwood Elementary honors retiring teachers

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

Dianne Jones, who has spent the last 26 years in the school district, agreed.

"When the lights come on for a student, it is wonderful to watch them grow and move forward," she said in an email. 

Fifth-grade teacher and former Northwood student Ashlee Van Dyke said Barton’s and Diven’s classes left an impression.

She remembered “Diven's dollars,” where students could earn and spend class currency in the classroom store.

She also recalled a memorable Mother's Day tea party in Barton's class.

"I was in the second grade and my mother got the time wrong ... I was heartbroken," Van Dyke said.

When her mother arrived an hour late, other classmates had gone to lunch. However, Barton allowed the pair to have their own tea party.

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