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.
Copyright 2011 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Water Cooler News
An Oklahoma man found his damaged truck and was able to start its engine, which put a smile on his face in the aftermath of a devastating tornado.
Three-sport athlete Griffin Jenkins is the McDonald's Student Athlete of the Week.
The board of education voted Monday to fire an Akron middle school teacher over a picture on Facebook showing duct tape covering several of her students’ mouths.
It's not a store you would typically consider when going wedding gown shopping, but Target is jumping into the ring.