By Brad Means
Angela Faglier has been teaching for 30 years. You'd think she'd know what to expect in her classroom.
"No two days are ever the same. Everything changes every day. It's amazing to watch the students learn from the beginning to the end of the year. They change so much and grow so much and it's just a challenge. I enjoy the challenge," she says.
One challenge she's mastered: keeping kindergartners on task and paying attention to the lessons.
"That's because I've taught routine. We do a lot of things with routine and I have very high expectations and they know that."
These children change so much during their time with Mrs. Faglier.
"They're very dependent at the beginning of the year. They want us to do everything. It's the 'I can't, I can't, I can't', and toward the end of the year it's 'Ooh I can, I can do this.' They're reading. They're writing on their own, doing lots of different things on their own without having to ask for help."
So here we are. The end of an era. 3 decades of teaching and, well, she's not ready to totally hang it up.
"I've not really thought about it much. I have already told the kindergarten teacher next door Mrs. Millford that I'll be volunteering in her room at least one day a week. She told me that was the only way I could retire is if I would volunteer for her," she says.
Good news for next year's kindergarten class at Belair Elementary school.
She says, "This has been my home away from home for 30 years. If you ask my husband I spend more time here than I do at home during the school year. It's been a great year so far, I've not been too emotional. But I know the very end of the year will be very hard."