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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: JULY 27, 2007


The State Board of Education will honor seven North Carolina public school teachers for their fifty years of service at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 1st.

The teachers come from districts across the state and have taught a variety of different grade levels. Some will continue teaching this coming school year; others have retired since the last time the Board honored new 50 year veterans two years ago.

One of the honorees, Princeton Towe McDowell, retired in February from teaching kindergarten at Pines Elementary in Washington County. She called her career "a wonderful experience."

"We all say we wish we could go on doing it forever," she said.

Fellow honoree and K-5 literacy specialist Janet Groomer echoed McDowell's sentiments.

"I'm just glad I've been healthy enough [to do it]," said Groomer, who still works with students on their reading skills at Underwood Elementary in Wake County.

The full list of honorees and the schools at which they ended their careers or still teach:

Everlene Davis, South Columbus High School
Elizabeth Jacobs, South Columbus High School
Dorothy Calloway, Pilot Mountain Middle School
Princeton Towe McDowell, Pines Elementary School
Eugene Frederick Doane, South Brunswick High School
Janet Groomer, Underwood Elementary School
Peggy Rickert, Statesville Middle School

The seven will arrive at the Education Building (301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to have their portrait made. At 12:15 p.m. the Board will host a luncheon in their honor, and then the teachers will be recognized at the State Board meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Chairman Howard Lee said "the state of North Carolina is extremely grateful to these teachers, who have shown a lifelong devotion to educating students."

For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.