By Keith Barnes
Kindergarten teacher Pam Crocker retired at Glendale-Kenly Elementary School, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1993.
Her last day on the job was June 13.
Originally from Selma, Crocker graduated from Smithfield Selma High School in 1979.
She graduated from Atlantic Christian (now Barton) College in 1983 with a bachelor’s in psychology and later returned to Barton to get her teacher’s certificate.
Crocker, who lives in Kenly, began her working career with Johnston County Social Services in 1988 and was there for five years before going to South Smithfield Primary School in 1992.
South Smithfield Principal Bryan Martin was assigned to GKE the next year and offered Crocker a position teaching kindergarten at the school. She has been there since.
She also taught second grade but later switched back to kindergarten.
“The thing that stands out the most for me was when I went to second grade, I realized how much I missed kindergarten,” said Crocker. “When the students leave you after kindergarten and can read it is the most rewarding thing you can experience.”
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