Teacher retires from school where she spent 72 years

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) - Ms. Boerding has been at the head of the class in St. Charles for some time now.

"Well I started in first grade at this school and I went eight years," says Marcella Boerding. "Then, this was a high school here, so I went to school for 12 years."

But it's what she has done for the last 60 years at St. Peter's Catholic Grade School that's most impressive.

"Our Catholic identity is the reason that sets us apart from the public schools," says Principal Tammi Rohman. "So having a role model like Ms. Boerding and all of our teachers in our schools is very important."

For the last 60 years Ms. Boerding has been a second grade religion teacher, in the same school she attended as a second grade student. But, at the end of this month she'll set down her chalk stick and retire. So, what's kept her coming back year after year after year?

"It's just special to me," says Boerding. "I don't know why, I guess it's because I started here and my father went to school here."

She spent 12 years here as a student and at age 18 was asked to join the faculty. So, 72 of her 78 years on this planet have been spent here, in room nine.

"I don't want her to leave next year," says Alexis Davis. "Because she's a fun teacher and I like her."

The grade school will see four more teachers retiring this may.

"I'm losing about 200 years of experience this year," says Rohman.

"I never did count the years and I always looked forward to the start of school in August or September," says Boerding.

And in her 60 years of teaching Ms. Boerding has heard every excuse when it comes to finishing assignments.

"Has a dog ever eaten homework?" asks Patrick Clark.

"I don't think I've ever gotten that for an excuse," laughs Boerding.

And for a school known to have fifth generation families attending, saying goodbye to a first rate teacher won't be easy.