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May 20--  The Vidalia City School system has an unusally high number of teachers retiring this year.

At its May meeting, the school board thanked ten teachers with 322 years of combined classroom experience.

{mosimage}(Seated, L-R) Theresa Durden, Deanne Floyd, Janice Reid, Joyce Walden, Debra Moncrief, Sherri Cooper. (Standing, L-R) Terri Kennedy, Gloria Helms, Betty Fulton and Linda Collins.

Four teachers retiring from J.D. Dickerson Primary School include Mary James, Janice Reid, Deanna Floyd and Theresa Durden who has spent all 39 years of her career teaching in Vidalia.

She has some advice for parents with children.

"Children whose parents are involved in their education and who are in the school periodically to find out what's going on, those are the children who are successful.  The more parents are involved, the better children succeed in education.

Mrs. Durden has spent the last nine years teaching first graders and she's excited about the use of technology in the classroom.

"Technology is a big thing and it's important.  It's a big motivation for the children and anything that will keep their interest is a good thing," she says.

She also has some advice for people thinking about a teaching career.

"Take it serious.  You have to love children.  If you don't have a love for children, patience and interest in their welfare, then I don't think it's a job for you," she advises.

Other retirees include Joyce Walden, Debra Moncrief and Sherri Cooper from Sally Meadows Elementary; Terri Kennedy from J.R. Trippe Middle School; and Gloria Helms and Betty Fulton from Vidalia High School.

The school system's food service director, Linda Coillins, is also retiring after 36 years on the job.