Early childhood education teacher ends distinguished career

Isabella Estrada– Mustangs Ahead

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Elaine Bowling (second from left) is ending an award-winning career.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With the school year coming to a close, many teachers who are retiring are unable to say goodbye to their students.  That’s how the year is ending for LRHS early childhood education (ECE) teacher Elaine Bowling.

“I had been planning to retire at the end of the school year for a while now,” Bowling said, “I didn’t ever think that I wouldn’t get the chance to say goodbye to my students.”

Bowling has been a popular teacher at LRHS for several years. Though she is disappointed about not getting to say goodbye, she is staying optimistic.

“I am kind of glad it worked out this way,” said Bowling, “Saying goodbye would’ve been really difficult for me.”

Despite the current circumstances, Bowling hopes that her students will continue to grow in her absence.

She encourages her students to find positivity in every situation and not take their upcoming years at LRHS for granted. She also gives similar wishes to the staff she has worked with over the years.

Bowling hopes to end her teaching career on a positive note and leaves both Mustangs and LRHS faculty members with a quote from Dr. Seuss she has lived by.

“Don’t smile because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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