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Green retires from FPS

Lifelong Farragut residents will see the retirement of an Farragut Primary School icon in May.

Jan Green, who has taught at FPS for the last 24 years, has decided to end her teaching career this month.

Green, who moved to Knoxville from Hapeville, Ga., with her husband, Richard, in 1968, had teaching in her blood.

“I grew up in a family of teachers — grandmother, mother, aunts, uncles, cousins — and never really thought about any other life. My grandmother taught when she was 16.

“My mother had a private kindergarten when I was very small and that was my ‘day care’ — I went to kindergarten three years.

“Mother then taught first grade for many years, and, when I was in college, my mother returned to college and was certified to teach blind and partially seeing children, which she taught until her death,” Green said.

Green is not retiring because she has grown tired of teaching, but, in part, because of a new addition to her family.

“I am retiring this year because our daughter is expecting her first child in September. This little boy will be our fourth grandchild. Three grandchildren live in Texas and our new grandson will be born in Australia. San Antonio is far — and Sydney a bit farther. A weekend of grandparents’ baby sitting is not easy,” she said.

Green said she will miss teaching.

“Farragut Primary School has been like home and family for me. The F-P-S staff is congenial, I enjoy the pleasant daily interaction, and I have many dear friends at school. There is a great deal I will miss.

“God has blessed me richly through these years of teaching, and I have dearly loved the children. Teaching is new and different each day and certainly a learning experience for me. I hope it has been a learning experience for the students,” she added.

Green offered some fond memories of her teaching days.

“Our classes have done several activities every year that I assume some former students may remember. We often went to Norris Dam State Park and had a live-animal program with Ranger Mike Scott. We have been to Farragut Town Hall, Folklife Museum and Pleasant Forest Cemetery, where we did gravestone rubbings.

“We’ve done a Thanksgiving play most years. We have walked to the Farragut Public Library monthly since it opened. Safety City has been a memorable trip for more recent classes. Fall Festival and Field Day have always been fun. Students usually remember the special events more than reading groups,” she said.

Green believes she has received as much from her students as they have received from her.

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ I pray that I have not ‘hindered’ any children — and I know that I have been closer to God’s kingdom for having spent time in the company of His children,” she said.

There will be a reception held in Green’s honor from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 17, at First Baptist Church, Concord in the Fireside Room.

Refreshments will be served and all former students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Julie Ford, one of the organizers of the reception, said, “She has requested no gifts, but we are accepting monetary donations for library books at the primary school in her honor.”


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