Even after decades, teacher still has passion

TIPPECANOE, CO., Ind. (WLFI) – As the school year comes to a close, teachers are packing up and getting ready for summer. But the boxes that fill Kindergarten teacher Donna McCormick’s classroom, signify the end of something much bigger.

“I’m just reminded over, and over, and over again that teaching was a passion for me,” said McCormick.

For the past 39 and a half years, Donna McCormick has worked as a kindergarten teacher for the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Her career started at Mayflower Elementary in January of 1974, and then moved to Wea Ridge Elementary in August of 1999. Principal Timothy Schirack said McCormick brings an energy that will be hard to replace.

“She’s always got everybody engaged and has such a strong desire to make sure every child by the end of the year is at a bench mark for kindergarten,” said Schirack.

McCormick won a Golden Apple award in 1995. She said being a successful teacher is simple.

“Never give up, always try your hardest, and live each day to the fullest,” said McCormick.

As the last days of her career come to an end, McCormick said the nearly 40 years of teaching wasn’t really work at all.

“Teaching was a passion for me. It wasn’t a career, and it wasn’t a job. I enjoyed getting up everyday, going to that school, and it will be hard turning in my key,” said McCormick.

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