A fun moment occurred one time when she and her class were lining up for a Christmas concert. She said, “We were running late, and I told my class, ‘Shake a leg and get in line quickly!’ You can picture the moment. I had several first graders actually stop and shake their legs!”
In reflecting on what she has learned in her career, she said, “I learned the most important thing is to have is a good relationship with your teaching partner. You will need to support each other. I have become like family with mine, and it has helped us get through the toughest days we ever had.
Marlee continues, “I also learned there are days you feel like you changed the world, and days when you can't remember where you parked your car. The only way to survive all of it, is to stay positive and remember growth comes in small steps.”
“I am proud for having taught at Longfellow for 21 years. There were days when I thought my heart would break, but then there were days when I felt I had made a difference in my students’ lives. I will miss the students and seeing how much they grow and change throughout the year. I will also miss all my colleagues and how we worked so closely together every day.”
Retirement plans include working in a job very different from teaching. Also, Marlee said, “I look forward to being able to travel to watch my daughter play softball in college, wherever she may end up, and I will travel to visit my son in law school.”