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Teacher of the Week: Mrs. Bardelas of Forreston Elementary

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FORRESTON (WREX) -

A teacher that has been in the business for nearly 40 years says she couldn't be happier about where she is.

But as this year comes to an end, Jane Bardelas says it's a little bittersweet for her.

After teaching there for 19 years, Mrs. Bardelas is saying goodbye to Forreston Elementary School.

"It's 19 years here, but it's 39 years of my career, so it's been a big part of my life," Mrs. Bardelas says.

She says she realized it's time to move on to the next chapter of her life and spend time with the other kids in her life.

"I have five grandchildren," she says. "I would like to be very involved in their lives also. And, my family is very encouraging. I have four children who are grown and starting their own families and their own lives. They're very excited for us."

And even though it's usually the same routine this time of year, with school winding down, she says the fact that she's leaving still stings.

"It seems like the end of any school year, because at the end of the school year you're so busy with the children and closing up all of the things that you've been working with and teaching them, so this year isn't any different than that," she says. "But it is really going to start to hit me when I start packing up my things and that it's time to move on to the next chapter of my life."

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