Sharon Roe
Sharon Roe
Sacred Heart School teacher Sharon Roe is retiring after 43 years.

The private Catholic school had its last eLearning day Friday.

Roe said she started teaching in 1977. While she has taught second, fourth and sixth grades, she mostly taught third grade at Sacred Heart.

She got interested in teaching when she was in high school and she was able to do some cadet teaching at Washington Elementary School and found she loved it. She then earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Manchester University, which was Manchester College then, Roe said.

When she was looking for a teaching job, Roe said it wasn’t easy to get into schools at that time because there were a lot of teachers and there wasn’t a lot of openings. When a position opened up at Sacred Heart, she applied for it and has been there ever since.

“I’ve been blessed to do what I love the most for 43 years,” Roe said.

Roe said Sacred Heart is  “a great school” and the families work with school staff. “It’s a really neat school,” she said.

During her time as a teacher, she noted one change she’s notice and that was testing. She said there was different testing than what is given now. Students have to take the iLearn test. She said the only way to adjust to different testing is to make sure you cover the standards for the grade.

Another thing that has changed in her tenure as a teacher has been the technology. Roe noted that each of her students has their own iPad.

Roe said she’s looking forward to retirement.

She looks forward to spending time sitting down and reading, she said. On top of that, she looks forward to spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her youngest daughter is expecting a child later this year, so “I’m looking forward to spending time with them.”

There will be some things Roe said she will miss, like the students. “I love reading to them,” she said.

Sacred Heart School Principal Mike McClain said Roe is a very warm and endearing person.

“She showed a lot of care toward her students that were lucky enough to have her as a teacher,” he said.

He also said, with all of her years of service with Sacred Heart School, she will have big shoes to fill.

McClain is finishing up his first year as principal at the school and he does have a daughter that is a third grader, who just so happened to be in Roe’s class this year. He said Roe helped his daughter feel at home and was very warm and inviting.

“She was like that with everybody,” McClain said.

There will be a drive-through retirement party for Roe from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, where she will be at Door 1 of Sacred Heart Church. McClain said people can queue up there and help celebrate her retirement.

“It’ll be a nice little send-off in a way,” McClain said. However, it is a “bummer” that the school couldn’t celebrate in a different way due to the coronavirus pandemic.