Barbara Dearien, a teacher’s aide at Mountain View School since 1966, was honored at a retirement reception Friday, with teachers both current and retired extolling her dependability, her ready smile and her willingness to help. Above, she receives a plaque from Supt. Rowdy Ross. Dearien has worked in the Title I program in reading and math and in the library. For the past five years she has worked in K-4 classrooms providing students extra help when needed. “This is my family away from home,” she commented while sitting among her teacher friends. “And I love all the kids, too, even the ornery ones.” She helped start the “points store” for students in the Accelerated Reading program and she initiated the idea of having a mural painted in the main elementary hallway. More than one teacher was overheard saying they didn’t know what they were going to do without her. If not for her legs “just not holding her up anymore,” it would be some time more before they would have to find out.
From the May 23, 2018 issue.