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June 20, 2013

A 'bittersweet' time as 30-year ICS teacher retires

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Catholic schools, like any other, must deal with budgets and staffing issues, but Pearson said she never once had to worry about her job.

“In relation to other schools within the Archdiocese, it is very financially sound,” Pearson said of the ICS. “We have waiting lists for many of the grades. I had an eighth grade this year of 30 students, which is the maximum amount that we can have in a class. The parents want their kids to go here. There are a couple of classes where there are still vacancies, but not many. It’s a great education. We are very well thought of in the high school community and (our students) do well.”

Pearson doesn’t plan to cut all her ties to the ICS, of course. She hopes to substitute teach again and help out when she can.

“I’m really, really loving what I’m doing,” said Pearson. “I see kids that I had in class and then I see them later. Several of my students, I actually had their parents. It is just nice to see them, whether I see them in the grocery store or see them at the mall or wherever.”

But once this school year is over, Pearson said it will be strange for her not to be going into school in the mornings.

“It’s very bittersweet,” admitted Pearson. “It’s time for me to go. I want to spend some time with my husband. He just retired last December. Two of my daughters live around here and my youngest daughter lives on Staten Island and she has a 2-year-old and she’s expecting another baby in August. So, it will be nice to be able to go down and see her and my two granddaughters.”

The Immaculate Conception School PTO will host a reception for Pearson after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, June 29. All students, current and former, and their families are invited to attend.

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