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Teacher for generations to retire

BAY, AR (KAIT) - Not many elementary teachers can say they've taught three generations of students, but Margaret Gunter is not your typical teacher. 

The Bay Elementary kindergarten instructor will retire after more than 44 years of service. 

She actually started her career teaching first graders, but it was kindergarten that became the perfect fit for her.  

Gunter is well-known for her traveling “Brown Bear” that would make appearances all over Region 8 and many other far away locales.

Gunter's students reveled in seeing photos of “Brown Bear” and the places he would go. 

Gunter was awarded grant money by Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro to provide official-looking passports for her young students studying geography around the globe.  

While providing thought-provoking lessons, Gunter also worried about students' well-being when they left the classroom. 

“Even though these are babies, they see they don't have what they need,” Gunter said. 

She spoke to us on behalf of events like Stuff the Bus. 

“What will really break your heart is when a little five-year-old says, ‘I'm sorry I don't have my glue and scissors, but maybe I'll have them next week,'” she said, her voice breaking. “I don't know why, but it just tears me up. “ 

Gunter's work has been published. She received recognition from the Arkansas State Board of Education for her unit on “Where the Wild Things Are” and traveled to Little Rock to present the idea to other teachers. 

Bay Elementary plans a retirement party for her on Thursday, May 21 from 10:30 a.m. until noon. 

Former students and parents are invited to attend and share stories with her.  

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