Mrs. Debra Roberts retires after 41 amazing years.
Brynn A Ebe
May 15, 2019
Mrs. Debra Roberts, one of our amazing 4th grade teachers, has decided to retire after 41 incredible years of teaching. Memorial Elementary has had the honor and privilege to have been her “home away from home” during all these years.
She has taught 1st, 2nd and 4th grade, with 4th grade being her longest run for 22 years! I had the opportunity to interview and write this tribute in celebration of her outstanding career.
Her inspiration for becoming a teacher started back when she was in 1st grade. Her teacher, Mrs. Klein and her principal, Mr. Rudy Silva gave her the encouragement she needed. And we are very grateful that they did! Starting in high school and following up in college, with lots of hard work and dedication, she was able to start her remarkable career in 1978.
Mrs. Roberts has 3 key philosophies for teaching. They are as follows:
Creating a classroom that is a “home away from home”
Treating students the way you would want someone to treat your own children
Instilling the love of learning for all of her students.
As you can imagine, over 41 years, she has made many memories, some funny and some embarrassing, but all very unforgettable.
Over 4 decades, she heard all kinds of excuses for no homework; washed in the laundry, it was stolen, I didn’t know we had to turn it in, and of course, the dog ate it! Oh man, I feel sorry for all those poor dogs that were blamed, but never proven guilty!
Her most embarrassing moment as a teacher was while she was teaching 1st grade. She got locked in the bathroom and her students had to go get help!
For her retirement, Mrs. Roberts plans to continue her favorite hobbies. These include; gardening, spending time with her animals, and traveling with her family.
Her final words of wisdom to her students are; “Always be humble, reach for the stars in school and life, and always treat others the way you would want to be treated.”
We wish Mrs. Roberts a wonderful retirement and we hope that when she thinks of her career, she has only the fondest of memories.
We are thankful for all the guidance and wisdom she has provided to her students throughout her phenomenal career.
We love you Mrs. Roberts and will miss you dearly!