Ozark school throws teacher surprise retirement ceremony

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Family, friends, students, and colleagues gathered together Thursday morning at Vivan B. Adams to celebrate the retirement of a teacher that’s been at the school for 44 years.

“It just seems like yesterday that I started, I student taught out here and then I was hired that fall,” Cheryl Bell said. “It’s exciting to see some of the people I first started without here and the people I worked with over the years, it was a surprise.”

While teaching the younger students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Bell said the part she’ll miss most is seeing the strides, and little victories they make every day.

“This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Bells said. “Oh, it’s just wonderful to see our parents and kids and when they go to public school. It’s just a wonderful occasion, we know that we’ve done our job”

One of Bell’s friends and co-workers said while this is a blessing, it’s also sad because she won’t be able to see her every day.

“Not being able to see her early in the morning, and then our talks in the afternoon, that’s what I’m going to miss the most about her retiring at this school,” Renea Fuller said. “But, for her dedication here, I mean who spends stays on the job for 44 years? Cheryl Bell.”

Bell said the most important lesson she taught her students was how to be independent.

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