ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- She's taught for over 40 years, everything from Sunday school to Boy Scouts to elementary school. Penny Klein has spent the last 20 years at Orange Park Elementary, and at the end of the month, she'll leave her classroom for good.
Mrs. Klein teaches small groups of students who need a little extra help in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. She makes sure each student understands the problem and how to solve it.
In her years of teaching, she's never had a student she couldn't teach to read. That is what she loves to do. "I love it. I love my teaching," said Klein.
At the of October, she's leaving her classroom to retire. It won't be easy, but she's looking forward to a couple of things. "What I'm going to do is have my second cup of coffee and listen to First Coast News a little longer in the morning."
Her students will miss her. "I think Ms. Klein is a really good teacher and I really like this class a lot," said 2nd grader Tyler Trayer.
She'll miss them too, but she's grateful she was able to fulfill a dream. "It's something I always wanted to do, even as a child, and my dream came true. I had the chance to be a teacher and help the little ones get a good start and it's been a blessing to me."
Mrs. Klein said she's retiring because it's time to let someone else do what she's enjoyed doing all these years.
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