HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It's the last day of school for students but for one long-time educator Thursday was the final day of a long career.
The Winter Street Elementary School community said happy trails to the woman who has called the school her home for 40 years.
Pamela Stevens has dedicated her life to teaching more than 1,000 students on the west end of Hagerstown, and doing it all in room 9.
The tears flowed at her retirement celebration as students and teachers told stories and showed their appreciation for the impact she's made on their lives.
"When I was bullied, you helped me, I felt like you were my friend, " said one former student. "You are funny, you are the best teacher in the whole world, thank you."
"She taught me a lot, not only about school but also about life, thank you Mrs. Stevens for being an awesome teacher and all you have helped me; I hope you enjoy your retirement, you deserve it," said another student.
Mrs. Stevens is known for her strict teaching, loving nature and witty personality. She said it's not only about teaching students, but nurturing them.
"Treat the children with respect because you want respect. You want to treat them with respect and remember that children sometimes are coming from difficult situations; and they need the hug and the kiss," said Mrs. Stevens. Yes I am well known for being a hugger and a kisser and I do that everyday for my children."
As she has helped many of her students outside of the classroom.
"I couldn't see far, so she called my dad and told him could she take me to the eye doctor so I can get some glasses," said Sayqon Myers, student.
Although she won't be there to greet students with a hug, her impact will forever carry on through her students.
"She is fun, and she is always in my mind she is in my heart and I will always love her."
Mrs. Stevens said she will be back at Winter Street next year as a substitute teacher.
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