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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — After serving in the Boyceville school district as a special education teacher at Tiffany Creek elementary for 15 years, Suzanne Carlson has retired.
Carlson taught students with special needs both in small group settings and in regular education classrooms kindergarten through sixth grade.
Cuts in education funding have been among the changes Carlson has seen in education over the years.
“I have appreciated the TCE staff’s dedication to our students’ education. With the cuts in education the TCE staff works harder than ever to provide an awesome education for our students,” she said.
Over the years, Carlson said she has observed a link between families and the youngsters in those families concerning an appreciation for education.
“When working with families who value education, I learned that their children value education,” she said.
“When people ask me what I like about teaching at Boyceville, I always say ‘the staff.’ I work with people who care about each other and about the students they work with,” Carlson said.
“It has been a wonderful journey learning to work with my colleagues in special education and with the regular teachers for the benefit of the students,” she said.
Daily contact with students and other staff members in Boyceville is one aspect of the job Carlson will regret losing.
“I will miss the connections I made with the staff and the students I taught. I love working with the students and will miss the daily interaction,” she said.
One memorable aspect of teaching in Boyceville was “earning a Master’s degree while I was teaching,” Carlson noted.
When asked what she is looking forward to doing in retirement, Carlson replied, “Along with spending more time with grandchildren, my family and friends, I plan on volunteering. The Chippewa Valley Literacy Program is enticing as teaching reading has been very rewarding. Students going from learning letters and sounds to reading books feels marvelous to me.”
Carlson also will take some trips.
“I plan on traveling and not just in the summer. And most important, I will start my retirement by not setting an alarm clock each morning for 5:30,” she said.
“Every year has been a great learning experience. All of the staff, teachers, paras, secretaries, custodians and administration, as well as parents and students, helped me to become a better teacher year after year. Thank you all,” Carlson said.