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Long time educator retires in Montgomery County

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MONTGOMERY CO., GA (WTOC) -

At age 80, Montgomery County Elementary para-pro Patricia Dobbins has seen plenty in her decades at the school.

Wednesday was her last day as she retired from the classroom as Georgia's longest serving educator.

"It's strange when you say 'oh, I taught his mama..or his daddy and I remember your grandmama too!' It goes back three generations and I love every minute of it," she said with a laugh.

Dobbins moved to Mt. Vernon as a new bride and wife of Montgomery County High's first football coach in 1951. She became a substitute teacher shortly after that, but stayed home a few years to start a family.

She's spent 46 of the past 60 years in classrooms at the elementary school and leaves a legacy.

"We can't help but appreciate all that she's done, not only for the children of Montgomery County, but the staff of the elementary school," noted superintendent Randy Rogers.

Her co-workers include her two daughters, a granddaughter and grandson-in-law.

"Mom has all kinds of tips on every day life. She's a smart girl, been around a long time. She knows a lot, about a lot of things," explained Debra Gay.

Those things include all the technology added to classrooms and children who seem to absorb it quicker than adults. But somethings remain constant.

"It's about loving the children and doing your best for them and treating them like your own," she advised.

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