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Teacher retires after 30 years from alma mater

CARDWELL, MO (KAIT)- It was the last day of school for students at Southland Elementary and for one teacher it was the last day of teaching kindergarten forever.

Jacqueline Butler or "Miss Jackie" as her students called her taught kindergarten for 30 years at her alma mater at Southland Elementary in the same classroom.  Butler has taught nearly 600 students. Many of them she's watched grow up and taught their own children.

"It's a special connection because I know their family," she said. "They'll come in and say you taught my mom you taught my dad!"

She said some connections she's made over the years have held a special place in her heart.

"I had a special needs child with a very short life expectancy and I got a high school graduation announcement from her," Butler said.

She hopes to be remembered as the teacher who cared about the kids. However, she laughed when she explained how she thinks the students will remember her.

"The cow lady because I decorate my classroom with so many cows," she said.

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