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Emerson teacher honored for 39 years of service

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — After 39 years of service at Emerson Elementary School, retiring teacher Denise Lindamood was honored at the school on Tuesday.

Spending her entire teaching career at Emerson after being hired in 1981, Lindamood has taught first, second, and fifth-grade classes at the school. Lindamood was even in the same classroom for 35 years as well.

Emerson Elementary and Wood County Schools officials recognized Lindamood on Tuesday for her years of dedication, including presenting a letter and certificate from Gov. Jim Justice praising her service.

Even though retiring was a difficult decision for the teacher, Lindamood said it was the right time for her to make the move.

“I was blessed with 39 wonderful years of working with these wonderful teachers,” she said. “I’ve watched a lot of teachers come and go, but we’ve always had really good administrators, a really good staff, and I appreciate it. I appreciate this.”

Lindamood will still be around Emerson, acting as an in-person substitute teacher. She describes herself as an “old school” teacher, preferring hands-on instruction whenever possible.

“I want face-to-face with my children. I feel like that’s how I’m the best teacher,” she said. “That’s what I want. I want to be able to give them a hug.”

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