Two local educators retired after devoting a combined 80 years educating students in the Edgecombe, Nash/Rocky Mount and Rocky Mount Preparatory School systems.
Both Sandra Taylor Harris and Arthurice Mitchell have spent the majority of their adult lives in the classroom at various schools throughout Rocky Mount, educating, developing and shaping the minds of many area youth.
Harris and Mitchell’s journey in education began at Florida State University, years ago, when two college freshmen first met and became lifelong friends. Both attained their bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and returned to Rocky Mount to pursue their professional careers as teachers for a combined total of 80 years of dedication and service in the area school systems.
On June 12, Harris and Mitchell’s journey came to an end with their retirement from Rocky Mount Preparatory School.
Both teachers taught fifth grade as co-workers and team members for several years at Rocky Mount Prep.
These two longtime veteran educators retired at a time when Rocky Mount Prep was going through a major reorganization under new leadership at the end of the 2012 school year.
Many Rocky Mount Prep parents and students presented the retiring teachers with cards and gifts in appreciation for the contributions and services that the two educators rendered to Rocky Mount Prep students, the school and community.
In addition, their fifth grade team and co-workers presented them both with special cards and gifts at a luncheon held at the Olive Garden restaurant on June 14.
The two teachers said they wanted to extend many, many thanks to all parents, students, co-workers, friends and family who helped make this a remarkable journey for both of them.