By Keith Barnes
After serving on the faculty at Glendale-Kenly Elementary School since 1999, Mary Ann Warren has made the decision to retire from teaching.
Her last day at work was June 25.
“I will soon be 63 years old and I felt like it was time to spend more time with my five granddaughters age 9, 4, 4, 2 and 1.
Warren will live in Benson where all her grandchildren reside.
She attends First Baptist Church of Smithfield where she has been a member for 50 years.
Warren is a native of Cary and attended Smithfield Selma High School where she graduated in 1973.
She began her career in Wake County, teaching first grade at Vandora Springs in Garner and then taught in Rocky Mount at Braswell Elementary.
Her next few years were spent staying home and raising her children.
In 1999 she returned to teaching when she went to Glendale-Kenly, first as a reading recovery teacher and later as a reading specialist in all grades.
Warren finished by teaching kindergarten at the school.
“I did love the experience of teaching kindergarten but it was very hard,” said Warren.
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