Elementary School Teachers Retire Together After 40 Years

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Elementary School Teachers Retire Together After 40 Years

CREATED May 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With the last day of school for most Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools on Friday, students and staff at one elementary school said goodbye to two people who have worked together for decades.

The word co-workers doesn't begin to describe Betty Raetzel and Karen Baylor. The two teachers at Amqui Elementary have been teaching kindergarten together for the past 40 years.

Both said they knew their time as teachers was coming to an end, and decided to retire together.

Friday was their last day on the job, and both said it would take some time to adjust.

“My whole life is going to be turned upside down. I won't get up every morning, and come to Amqui school,” said Ms. Baylor. “I’ve been coming to Amqui school for 42 years, every day.”

“It's like they become your own child, and we just become really close to them,” Ms. Raetzel said about her students.

Over their time as educators, their classrooms have seen hundreds of kids-- like Kim Warren's two children.

“Every day when I go in, I see them at the door greeting every child and hugging all the children and telling them they love them,” said Warren.

Both of the teachers have plans to also spend their retirement years together. They are planning to take adult-ed classes and spend time with their families.