CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - After spending half a century in the classroom, Shirley Burris is retiring.
The 71-year-old has spent 49 of her 50 years teaching kindergarten. During that time, she's always taught in the Cuyahoga Falls School District.
She estimates that she's taught thousands of students and generations of children from the same families.
"I've had some of these children's parents," Burris said. "I haven't had anybody's grandparents, that's when I thought I should leave for sure."
In Burris's 50-year career she's been PTA Teacher of the Year at least three times, as well as the Summit County Teacher of the Year.
The Cuyahoga Falls School District honored Mrs. Burris Friday with a special day declared Shirley Burris Day complete with a school assembly that included a visit from the mayor and former students.
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