Two former Monticello teachers recap their careers

Wrapping up this year’s previously completed look at seven Monticello teacher retirees for the 2012-13 school year are middle school teacher Judy Otterson and Pinewood teacher Mary Paustian.

These long-time educators recently shared some of their favorite memories and experiences in Monticello, as well as their plans for the future.

Otterson grew up with two educators for parents, and she said she wanted to become a teacher since she was a child herself teaching her younger brother.

She began and ended her teaching career in Monticello, beginning as a long-term substitute teacher in 1978 and obtaining a full-time teaching position with the district in 1979.

She taught fifth and sixth grade at Pinewood Elementary before the middle school opened, at which time she transferred there and taught sixth grade reading, English and social studies the rest of her career.

A teacher at Pinewood Elementary for 20 years, Mary Paustian began her teaching career in a much different environment than sleepy Monticello. After growing up and receiving her college degree in California, Paustian obtained her first teaching job near Silicon Valley in the late 1970s.

See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.

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