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Five soon-to-be Chanute educators share more than 150 years of experience

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School board, faculty and family members thank those who have served Chanute schools for decades.

When asked to describe the gathering, one word was most used.

"Bittersweet, but it's probably time," said Rex Babcock.

Time for new adventures. Rex Babcock is one of five teachers retiring this year who has passed the silver mark. His career at Chanute has spanned 35 years; his expertise: across the spectrum.

"Everything from at risk students toalgebraa two, calculus, statistics, advanced algebra, plain trig, just about everything I guess, they're all good," he said.

Babcock will not be embarking on his retirement alone. His wife, Jennifer, an elementary teacher, will also be leaving her position after 35 years. Another bittersweet decision.

 "You know, I want to but you don't want to," she said. There are things you love so much that you are going to miss, but there are times that you think, oh I'm tired."

The couple, along with longtime educators Margaret Bideau, Flecia Johnson and Catherine Morrell, were given honorary plaques and watches for their decades of lessons, which many say extended beyond the curriculum.

"Above and beyond just academic needs, but really helping our students develop holistically," said Jim Goracke, elementary school principal.

"They can read students minds almost, you think the jedi teacher masters," said Dr. Kent Wire, high school principal.

"While the Babcocks look ahead to retirement, they say their years of teaching will always have them looking back...

"That's to me the most rewarding thing of all, if they can have those memories of you treating them with respect, being fair and just loving them," said Jennifer Babcock.

"If you can show them that they can do it and someone cares about them, ti goes a long way," said Rex Babcock.

Another gathering to honor the retirees will be held at the Chanute High School on Thursday, May 15th.

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