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Eight of the 12 retiring school department employees were honored by the School Committee and Superintendent Michele Robinson Tuesday night. The eight honored include, back row: Cathy Patten, Marianne Mueller, Nina Tassinari, Clarissa Taylor, Billie McLane; front row: Patricia Dupere, Roberta Bixby, and Linda Jensen.

AMESBURY — They've done more than correct papers and shush a noisy classroom.

The teachers and school employees retiring this month are being remembered for the lives they've touched inside the classroom and out.

The School Committee this week honored eight of the city's 12 retiring employees in a small reception prior to its meeting. The committee later presented each of the teachers with a gift — a framed picture with an inscription — along with proclamations from the mayor's office and Beacon Hill.

The retiring teachers offered some of their thoughts about leaving school after so many years and what they're looking forward to.

Billie McLane

Years working in Amesbury schools: 34

Position: Multi-age first- and second-grade teacher at Amesbury Elementary School; previously worked at Cashman Elementary School

Thoughts about retiring: "I have mixed feelings. I can't imagine not going back in September and not having that group of kids that you look forward to."

What will you miss most?: "The kids. And I worked with great people ... and great families."

Plans after retirement: "I have a small business I started with a friend. I have some things planned and I plan on (substitute teaching) and volunteering, so I'll still be in the schools."

Roberta Bixby

Years working in Amesbury schools: 41

Position: Guidance secretary at Amesbury High School

Thoughts about retiring: "I have mixed emotions, but most of them are all good."

What will you miss most?: "The kids and the people I work with."

Plans after retirement: "We plan to travel and spend more time with my grandchildren."

Nina Tassinari

Years working in Amesbury schools: 34

Position: Chemistry teacher at Amesbury High School

Thoughts about retiring: "I'm looking forward to it. My whole family is down in Florida; I'm the last to arrive. I have aunts, cousins; they're just waiting for me."

What will you miss most?: "The kids and my friends that I work with."

Plans after retirement: "I'd like to take some cake decorating classes, do some painting and definitely some traveling."

Clarissa Taylor

Years working in Amesbury schools: 34

Position: Speech language pathologist for 22 years and remaining years as a special education teacher at Cashman School

Thoughts about retiring: "I'm excited about retirement because I have a lot to look forward to. I have a brand new grandchild."

What will you miss most?: "I will miss the people. We're all family. And I will miss the students."

Plans after retirement: "I'm happy to say my daughter is a special education teacher in Tewksbury and I'll be volunteering in her room."

Linda Jensen

Years working in Amesbury schools: 29

Position: Kindergarten and elementary school teacher

Thoughts about retiring: "I'm a little skeptical. I still want to work, but I'll be fine. I'm hoping to go back into the school system working part time. I still plan to work a few more years in the school system."

What will you miss most?: "Teachers, kids, the whole environment of education."

Plans after retirement: "To still work. I still want to work and travel."

Marianne Mueller

Years working in Amesbury schools: 16

Position: Kindergarten teacher at Horace Mann and Cashman Elementary schools

Why do you call yourself a late bloomer?: "I was home raising my four children and then went back to school and decided to become a teacher. I graduated from Salem State in 1994 and started teaching in Amesbury."

What will you miss most?: "I will miss my colleagues, friends and the children."

Plans after retirement: "I'm going to enjoy my six grandchildren, travel and (go to) the beach."

Cathy Patten

Years working in Amesbury schools: 36

Position: Second-grade teacher

Thoughts about retiring: "It's bittersweet. I'm happy because my parents are in Florida, so I'll be able to go down there and do some traveling, but it's kind of hard to walk away from your job."

What will you miss most?: "The people that I work with and the kids. Everyday, there's something you laugh about, something they share that's funny. They always keep you on your toes."

Plans after retirement: "I hope to do a little bit of traveling and spend some time in Florida with my parents. Maybe actually exercising and getting back in shape again."

Patricia Dupere

Years working in Amesbury schools: 28

Position: Paraprofessional in both elementary schools

Thoughts about retiring: "I can't wait."

What will you miss most?: "I will miss the kids."

Plans after retirement: "To travel, spend time in the sun."

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