HOLDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Staff and students at Holden Elementary School honored one of its teachers on Tuesday who is retiring after 43 years of service.
For most of her career, Joy Knowles has been teaching second grade at the school. She started teaching at Holden Elementary in 1968. Many of her former students got to share their thoughts on Knowles at a special assembly and some were even bussed over from Holbrook Middle School so they could attend.
Knowles said she felt surprised and overwhelmed by the school's response.
"I can tell you that I have never once regretted doing this job," she said, "I have enjoyed every single day of my teaching career."
The school also dedicated a weeping cherry tree at the conclusion of Tuesday's ceremony. It will stand outside the school to honor all teachers who retire from Holden Elementary.