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Teacher Appreciation Week: Denver middle school teacher reflects on 41-year career

Marcy Stoddard of Slavens K-8 School set to retire this year
Mrs. Marcy Stoddard
Posted at 8:58 PM, May 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-03 23:00:34-04

DENVER - After 41 years of teaching, Marcy Stoddard is down to her last semester.

She has been teaching at Slavens K-8 School for 17 years, where she teaches 8th grade social studies. Overall, she has been with Denver Public Schools for 37 years.

"It started feeling a little bit weird, I would say, right after our spring break was over," she told Denver7 after a 45-minute session of engaging her students about the Emancipation Proclamation. "I told [the students] when we got back... It was melancholy for me. And yet, it's the right thing to do."

In the above video, you can hear Stoddard reflect on her four-plus decades of teaching and the lessons she hopes her students take with them.

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