JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One very special teacher in Jacksonville is retiring after 39 years of teaching.
Merry voices can be heard singing from room one at Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School.
The leader of the joyous chorus: Mrs. Deeanna Durden.
She is an icon at this school. Not only is she a teacher, years ago she went to school here as a child.
"I taught second grade for 24 years in the classroom I was a student in," Durden said.
She is in her 39th year of teaching and she has watched her students grow and then send their children to her class.
"All those students who come back and tell me about their successes, those are precious moments to me," she said.
But at the end of this month, she will retire. The lessons she has learned, she is passing down to the next generation of teachers. Care for your students, do everything you can to see them learn and grow and love the job.
"Everyday is a new day and every day is a day of hope. You get to start over every day, what other job can you do that in," she said.
As her students learn the basics of math, it is easy to do the math of her years: One school. Thirty-nine years. Hundreds of little lives she has touched.
"It is a privilege to get to come and serve," she said.
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