Missouri teacher retires after nearly 60 years in the classroom

CENTERVIEW, Mo. (KCTV) – A teacher from Crest Ridge High School has worked in the district for nearly six decades.

Juanita Peaslee, 89, began teaching in the district in 1964. She currently teaches high school science classes, but has taught at several different levels over the years.

“Teaching keeps me busy,” Peaslee said. “It keeps me out of trouble.”

Peaslee said she became a teacher, at least in part, out of necessity. When she got a science degree, there were few career options for women. She taught for a year in Boston before returning to her hometown for a teaching job and never looked back.

“I learn something every day from these students,” Peaslee said.

Crest Ridge’s last day of class was Thursday. The school celebrated with a traditional end-of-year competition between high school classes. Peaslee watched from the corner of the gym, laughing and clapping. She said she would miss the energy and enthusiasm of the students.

She will also be missed by her students.

Keghan Rogers, who will be a junior next year, said: ‘I love Mrs Peaslee. She’s so nice and she’s so smart.

Colleagues said Peaslee was almost always the first staff member in the building each day. Some of them had even had him as a teacher when they were in middle school or high school.

His favorite area of ​​study is spiders. Her classroom is full of stuffed arachnids given to her over the years.

Peaslee said she was retiring to spend some time traveling.

The high school interrupted games on the final day to say goodbye to the longtime teacher. She received a standing ovation as the students chanted, “Peaslee! Peaslee!

“I might wring their necks some days,” she joked. “But, I love them all.”


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